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How Can I Engage the Emotions of My Students to Maximize Learning?


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Faculty tend to separate emotions from the teaching and learning that takes place in classes. Many have bought into a well-established tradition that college instruction should be dry, dusty, and academic in order to be authentic. But recent research shows that emotions have a strong impact on cognition. Instead of excluding emotion from the classroom, instructors would do well to acknowledge and take advantage of the impact emotions have on students’ ability to learn new material. Drawing on a proposed addition of Emotional Presence to the Community of Inquiry Framework, examine why and how emotions can increase learning and retention.

Purchase the How Can I Engage the Emotions of My Students to Maximize Learning? 20-Minute Mentor program, presented by Flower Darby. In this 20-minute session, acquire practical strategies to intentionally embrace the opportunities emotions offer to enhance deep and meaningful learning in in-person and online classes.


By the end of the mentor, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the principles of the science of emotion that directly impact student

interest in course content commonly called the Community of Inquiry

  • Implement strategies to motivate and inspire students in person and online
  • Define emotional presence
  • Design class activities that make the most of emotions to enhance learning
  • Evaluate technology tools to stir emotion in response to class content


  • Community of Inquiry framework
  • How and why emotions impact learning
  • Increase student motivation and enthusiasm