Students Seem Disconnected and Disengaged. Why?
In this episode, we talk about student engagement ... or the lack thereof ... cognitive engagement, emotional engagement, behavioral engagement, and professional engagement. Students seem less connected to the faculty and their peers, despite "returning" to campus this past year. There are likely a number of converging contributing factors: increasing technology use and distraction, work demands, stress and mental health, diminished time on campus, and social cluing barriers (e.g. masking). Rebuilding a sense of community will be the challenge.
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