In this module, you will consider how to promote interactions between you and your students, your students with your course content, and your students with each other to amplify engagement.  

This module is organized by the framework: 

  1. WATCH a short video that provides an overview of best practices on engagement. 
  2. EXPLORE additional resources on engagement. 
  3. DO something with what you’ve learned by completing the Flexible Course Planner for this module. 
  4. TOOLS that amplify student engagement, supported by the UMass IDEAS Team.



In this 9-minute video, CTL staff member Beth Lisi highlights specific strategies to amplify student engagement by creating: interactions between the instructor and students [1:28]; interactions between the students and course content [4:50]; and interactions between students and their peers [6:37]. You can learn additional concrete examples for increasing student engagement by navigating to our EXPLORE section below this video.

Click here to view the Engagement Video Transcript.


This section is organized according to the themes highlighted in the video (shown in graphic below) displaying the approaches of amplifying student engagement.

Ways to amplify student engagement include increasing interactions between the students and the instructor, the students and the content, and the students with each other.

Student Motivation

Instructor Communication (Student to Instructor Interaction)

Creating Engaging Content (Student to Content Interaction)

Supporting Peer Engagement (Student to Student Interaction)


We developed the Flexible Course Planner (formatted in Microsoft Word) to guide and scaffold your course (re)design and allow you to apply directly what you are learning. By using this planning document, you will end up with many parts of your (re)designed course in place. 

We offer the planner in two ways:

  1. You can download the section for this Engagement Module; or
  2. You can download the entire Flexible Course Planner with all of the modules represented.

    If you have any questions about amplifying student engagement, or would like to talk through or receive feedback on your Flexible Course Planner for this module, please contact the CTL at ctl@umass.edu

    Sometimes the response to your concern is a pedagogical solution, not a technological answer. So please feel free to contact us!


    We know there are many online tools and applications that support student engagement. The tools listed below are those that are supported by UMass Amherst. For any questions about how to use these tools in your course, please contact the IDEAS Team at instruct@umass.edu

    Instructor Communication

    Creating Engaging Content

    Supporting Peer Engagement

    Please contact the CTL with any questions you have about Flexible Course (Re)Design at ctl@umass.edu