Find out more about the Center for Engaged Learning.

What is engaged learning?

Educators think of engagement in four related but different ways.

The most fundamental isstudent engagement with the learning process: just getting students actively involved. Engagement with the the learning process is similar to active learning.

The second isstudent engagement with the object of study. Here the emphasis is on stimulation of students' learning by direct experience of something new. Engagement with the object of study is similar to experiential learning.

The third isstudent engagement with contextsof the subject of study. This gives emphasis to the importance of context as it may affect and be affected by the students' primary subject. When social and civic contexts are considered, this inevitably raises ethical issues. Engagement with contexts generally is similar to multidisciplinary learning.

Finally, there isstudent engagement with the human condition, especially in its social, cultural, and civic dimensions. According to this way of thinking, the human condition is the ultimate subject of study to which individual subjects and disciplines should be understood as subordinate. Each of these ways of thinking about engagement has an interesting history, relationship to the others, and relationship to the goals of liberal education. Engagement with social and civic contexts is similar to service learning.

What are some examples of engaged learning outside the classroom?

UC San Diego’s REAL portal will allow you to research and experiential learning opportinities: real.ucsd.edu. Here are some specific examples:

What are some examples of engaged learning inside the classroom?

iClicker and peer instruction. See the following video: