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Creating Engaging Content

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What is Creating Engaging Content?

During the Summer of 2021 Chad Littlefield completed a professional development series of five Zoom sessions with WSU Tech faculty on how to create engaging content in Online, Face to Face, and Hybrid courses.

The highlight reel video below (2:48) offers an introduction to Chad Littlefield and the 5 strategies for creating engaging content in your classrooms.

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What is the Creating Engaging Content Initiative?

WSU Tech strives to provide engaging instructional content across all modalities (Hybrid, Online, Hyflex, and Traditional). Our focus is providing content which ensures the students are more than just present/in attendance but actually engaged in the topic/content.

 

During AY 20.21, Faculty participated in multiple sessions with Chad Littlefield from We and Me Inc. These sessions provided faculty with an in-depth look at 5 strategies around Creating Engaging Content. Now it is time to put those strategies to work in your classrooms! These pages on the Innovation Café are designed to help faculty implement the strategies with links to Chad Littlefield sessions, examples, and resources that will help get your creative juices flowing! ​

View the Creating Engaging Content Project Assignment for an overview of what is expected for this project.

View the Creating Engaging Content Rubric to help guide you in the development of your updated content. How to open the rubric using Acrobat Reader.

View the Academic Affairs Division Goal for more information on deliverables. 

We hope you will visit these pages often as you work to implement the Creating Engaging Content strategies in your classrooms (online and in-person). There will be regular updates and we are looking forward to new interactions with Chad Littlefield and his engaging strategies for instruction in 2022! We will keep you posted! 

 

WSU Tech Testimonials

The Creating Engaging Content initiative is already being utilized by many of your peers! Watch the video below to hear from Kourtney Maison - Department Chair of Humanities, Pam Layman - Faculty, Math, Anthony Rosas - Faculty, Information Technology, Brandie Thompson - Department Chair of Interior Design, and Linda Sessions - Faculty, Business & Computer Apps as they discuss how they're already implementing these strategies into their courses.

 

Lesson Plans

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Select the linked title to view an example Lesson Plan created by Pam Layman for Math. 

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Select the linked title to view an example Lesson Plan created by Casey Eubank for Blueprint for Personal Success. 

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Ready to create your own lesson plan for the Creating Engaging Content initiative? Select the linked title to download a blank lesson plan template.

Definition: “…any strategy that facilitates early engagement & interaction that amplifies the productivity of your group and/or program” (Unofficial Start Video 30:50)
Meaningfully and purposefully sparking engagement of a group. (Session 1: timestamp 1:04:15)

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Definition: One well-crafted sentence repeated in some version repeatedly that could hook a student to your content/context of the topic.  To move the student from attendance to paying attention. 

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Definition: Connecting the purpose of why people are meeting; to connect people to each other; to create a choice for authenticity and vulnerability by asking a question. Your question or activity must accomplish these three things:

  • Connect people to the purpose of why they’re there

  • Connect people to each other because without relatedness, no work can occur.

  • Create space for authenticity and vulnerability

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Definition: Content is the knowledge and information you’re imparting to and expecting students to learn. 

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Definition: An activity students complete at the end of the class that allows them to recall and reflect on what was learned in class that day. This should also be an activity that reinforces the content/context hook and leaves a memorable impression on the student.

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Definition: Chadisms are the nuanced engaging habits which Chad Littlefield exhibited throughout his sessions with WSU Tech faculty.

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