The engagement theory is just as it sounds. It is the theory of engaging students in learning. It implies that through the use of technologies and active learning tools, students will engage in learning experiences in a meaningful way (Kearsley & Shneiderman, 1999). In my previous blog entry 'Active Learning' I discussed the importance of collaborative learning. Kearsley and Shneiderman (1999) express that collaborative learning is a key factor in the engagement theory.
There are a variety of learning activities that could be used to fulfill this approach. For example, the use of online discussion forums are a great place for individuals to bounce their ideas off each other. I find this very useful at university. Most of the time someone has already asked the question your thinking about.
Kearsley, G. & Shneiderman, B. (1999). Engagement Theory: A framework for technology-based teaching and learning. Retrieved July 16, 2009, from http://home.sprynet.com/~gkearsley/engage.htm