Engagement Practices are evidence-based teaching practices that faculty can use to help broaden participation in computing. They are especially impactful in early courses when students are deciding whether to pursue a computing major.

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Students are more likely to persist when they have a community related to their academic pursuits. Faculty can help establish, support, and grow an inclusive student community in their programs by following some relatively simple practices in the classroom, by integrating collaborative learning into courses, and by providing leadership and support outside of regular courses.

Avoid Stereotypes

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Stereotypes are fixed, overgeneralized beliefs about a group of people. They can make individuals feel unwelcome and unfairly judged. By avoiding stereotypes, faculty can help all students feel welcome and seen as individuals.

Encourage Student Interaction

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By helping students make social connections, faculty can encourage the growth of peer-support networks and a student-centered learning community. This can be as simple as using ice-breakers in courses or as extensive as creating and supporting a student group.

Use Collaborative Learning

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With collaborative learning, students work together on a formal learning activity. Collaborative learning can help students build the skills they need to work in diverse teams. Some examples of collaborative learning include Pair Programming, Peer Instruction, and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL).

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