The Student Engagement Project is a major, cross-University initiative to identify factors supporting or inhibiting students’ engagement in their learning and help address any barriers to such engagement.
Engagement here is defined as students’ cognitive and emotive investment and active participation in the learning process, reflected in time, energy and effort expended on activities associated with high-quality learning. In this way engagement includes, but is not limited to, attendance. The project will focus particularly on the relationships between engagement and community, transition, large cohorts and lectures and lecturing, with different priorities identified by different Faculties.
The project team, based in Academic Support Office, will work with Associate Deans of Faculty (Teaching, Learning and Students), partner departments, YUSU and the GSA on these issues.
The project will involve, in the first instance, a programme of qualitative research with undergraduate and taught postgraduate students to discover the factors influencing their engagement. This will help support evidence-based recommendations at department, Faculty and University-level. Findings of the project will also be shared at the Learning and Teaching Conference 2020.
The project further aims to produce and/or disseminate toolkits and resources relating to student engagement; identify and share examples of good practice in this area; and establish workshops for academic staff on supporting aspects of student engagement.
Ultimately, the project’s objective is to increase students’ engagement in learning by supporting appropriate change at University, Faculty and department levels, arising from the project findings.
The project started in August 2019 and will run throughout the 2019/20 academic year.
Dr David Gent
Faculty Learning Enhancement Project Manager (Arts and Humanities)