Engagement Practices are 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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All students are more motivated, perform better, and more likely to persist when they can see how a lesson connects to their life, interests, goals, and values. Students who don’t fit the stereotype of someone pursuing computing, however, may need more explicit connections for them to envision themselves in the field. Help all students connect to computing by connecting computing to their lives!

Employ Meaningful and Relevant Content

Students are more likely to persist when what they are learning is relevant to their goals and life experience. “Make it matter” to students by using examples and problems that have broad appeal.

Make Interdisciplinary Connections to CS

“Make it matter” by helping students see the relevance of computing to other fields. This can engage those students who haven't considered computer science as a major or a career.

Address Misconceptions About the Field of CS

“Make it matter” by challenging misconceptions that students may have about the field. Illustrate the diversity and breadth of work a computer scientist can do (and who can do it), emphasize that success comes from practice, and discuss the advantages and rewards of computing careers.

Incorporate Student Choice

“Make it matter” by incorporating student choice. When possible, allow students to choose from among several possible problems or assignments, or to choose the topic area to be addressed in an assignment.