Student engagement refers to student participation in learning activities inside and outside the classroom which leads to a range of measurable outcomes.
Engagement involves behavioural, emotional, and cognitive investment.
Key questions[edit | edit source]
- What is the student doing to engage?
- What is the staff-student dynamic doing to engage?
- What is the institution/faculty/discipline/course/unit (instructors, structures, resources, timetables, usability etc.) doing to engage?
Why engage?[edit | edit source]
- Research by Tinto (2000) showed that "engagement was the single significant predictor of persistence".
- Improve learning
- Improve throughput rates and retention
- For equality/social justice
- For curriculum relevance
- For institutional benefit
- As marketing - economics benefits of engagement
Planning for engagement[edit | edit source]
From Kraus (2005, pp. 12-14):
- Create and maintain a stimulating intellectual environment
- Value academic work and high standards
- Monitor and respond to demographic subgroup differences and their impact on engagement
- Ensure expectations are explicit and responsive
- Foster social connections
- Acknowledge the challenges
- Provide targeted self-management strategies
- Use assessment to shape the student experience and encourage engagement
- Manage online learning experiences with care
- Recognise the complex nature of engagement in your policy and practice
Teaching method for engagement[edit | edit source]
- Academic challenge
- Higher-order thinking - Academically challenging
- Active and collaborative learning
- Active learning - physical movement
- Peer interaction
- A focus on outcomes
- Research focused
- Enriching educational experiences
- WIL focused
- Research focused
- Student-faculty interaction
- Staff interaction - rich communication
See also[edit | edit source]
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- Australasian Survey of Student Engagement (AUSSE)
- Student engagement literature review (Trawler, 2010)
- Unmasking the Effects of Student Engagement on First-Year College Grades and Persistence, 2008
- Australasian Survey of Student Engagement : 2007 institution report
- Engagement indicators (NSSE)
- Understanding and promoting student engagement in university learning communities (Kerrie-Lee Krause, 2005)
- Assessment for learning
- Survey of student work (Endsleigh, 2015)