But what is ‘student engagement?’

The Guardian newspaper ran a live chat on Twitter today on student engagement. Go to Twitter.com and search on the hashtag #HElivechat.

There is a commitment in our Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience that John Raftery explains as ‘engaging students in the life of the university’, so it’s useful to see how other universities are working with students. See for example, Greenwich University’s Student Forum.

Here at Brookes we have the JISC funded InStePP project just starting up, led by Richard Francis, which will give us the opportunity to explore what student engagement means to us. Contact Richard if you would like to be involved.

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  1. Mary says:

    I find a recent HEA report helpful in thinking about the meaning of student engagement (Trowler and Trowler 2010). It suggests that we might focus on three aspects of engaging students in University life:

    1. Personal academic development (motivation, study skills, time management)
    2. The structures and processes of the University (assessment procedures, marking criteria, bureaucratic issues!)
    3. Communities and disciplinary cultures/conventions (social life and networking/employability)

    See:
    http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/studentengagement/StudentEngagementEvidenceSummary.pdf

    Mary.

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