Engaged Learning and High-impact Practices

What does it mean?

The terms engaged learning and high-impact practices are indicators of the way our students experience life while at Springfield College. But, what do they mean? We're glad you asked.

A student looks up from his laptop at his professor during class.

Engaged Learning

\in-ˈgājd, en-\ \ˈlər-niŋ\

From the Elon University Center on Engaged Learning: "Engaged learning indicates that students have opportunities to engage deeply in their own learning, to practice the transfer or application of knowledge across contexts (whether among courses or between courses and off-campus contexts), to interact with other perspectives and voices, to receive frequent feedback about their performance, and to reflect on both that feedback and their learning." 

High-impact Practices

\ˈhī\ \im-ˈpakt\ \ˈprak-təs\

Due to their positive associations with student learning and retention, certain undergraduate opportunities are designated "high impact." High-impact practices share several traits: They demand considerable time and effort, facilitate learning outside of the classroom, require meaningful interactions with faculty and students, encourage collaboration with diverse others, and provide frequent and substantive feedback. As a result, participation in these practices can be life-changing (Kuh, 2008).