The trend towards greater student engagement begins with forging a closer relationship between instructors and students.
Over the last decade this trend has been informed by a greater reliance on technology - specifically, virtual learning environments, computer-based adaptive learning, and off-hour instructor guidance.
The key is making learning a more personal experience for each student, matching learning challenges to the student's current experience and expertise, and finding more ways to leverage technology to bring students closer to instructor's steering hand.
Student Engagement Strategies for 2015
The advent of B.Y.O.D. programs and online educational tutorials as early as elementary school has many students well-acclimated to the idea that learning and technology should go hand-in-hand.