Presentation on theme: "Student Engagement implications for revalidation"— Presentation transcript:
1 Student Engagement implications for revalidation Roisín Curran
2 Student Engagement (SE) Recent/Current initiatives SE strategic work streamCHERP/SU focus groups with students prior to revalidationHEA funded Students as Partners change programmeCHERP conference Jan 2013 – Student Engagement: a catalyst for transformative changeHEA/Paul Hamlyn foundation funded What Works? Student Retention & Success Change ProgrammeWhat we are doing?
3 Student EngagementStudent engagement is about what a student brings to Higher Education in terms of goals, aspirations, values and beliefs and how these are shaped and mediated by their experience whilst a student. SE is constructed and reconstructed through the lenses of the perceptions and identities held by students and the meaning and sense a student makes of their experiences and interactions. As players in and shapers of the educational context, educators need to foster educationally purposeful SE to support and enable students to learn in constructive and powerful ways and realise their potential in education and society (RAISE 2010).Reference:RAISE (2010) Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student engagement. Available at Accessed 25 September 2013
4 Student Engagement to Improve Student Retention and Success The What Works? Model: improving student engagement, belonging, retention and success (Thomas, 2012)how?Useful conceptual model which underpins the SR&S change programmeWant to focus on the circles – institutional, staff and student capacity buildingDeveloping the capacity of staff and students to engage: the capacity of students to engage and staff to offer an engaging experience must be developed, thus a partnership approach in which everyone is responsible for improving student belonging, retention and success is required. (The capacity of students and staff are represented by the two blue rings respectively.)Thomas, L. (2012) What works? Student Retention and Success. London: Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
5 Building engagement & belonging At Ulster 8.7% (UK 5.7%) of students leave HE in their first year of studyBetween 37%-42% think about withdrawing (WW phase 1)Range of reasonsBelonging has emerged as a key idea in this research programmeEngagement develops relationships with others and promotes connectedness…Why?Benchmark was 6.6Nurturing belonging…p14
6 Student Engagement (SE) Institutional reference pointsLearning and Teaching Strategy 2013/ /18Graduate qualitiesGuidelines for first year teachingTransition policyPrinciples of Assessment and Feedback for Learning
7 Where is this relevant in revalidation/evaluation documentation? Section B CommentariesB2.5 Learning, Teaching & AssessmentB2.7 Creativity, innovation & good practiceB Graduate QualitiesB Widening ParticipationB4 Modules
8 Learning & Teaching Strategy/SE linkages (1) Strategic Aim 2Key supporting objectivesSectionTo provide transformative, high quality, learning experiences through the promotion of meaningful staff student partnerships that engender a shared responsibilityTo develop students’ knowledge, skills and confidence through active learning experiences with fellow students from diverse backgrounds, to engender a sense of student belonging and identityB2.5B210.2B2.7To develop supportive partnerships and learning communities amongst and between students and staff to engender mutual respect and trustTo develop ways of working that foster students’ active engagement with their learning and career progression and values their contributions to shaping the design and delivery of programmes.
9 Learning & Teaching Strategy/RTN linkages (1) Learning & Teaching Strategy/SE linkages (2)Learning & Teaching Strategy/RTN linkages (1)Strategic Aim 2Key supporting objectivesSectionTo provide transformative, high quality, learning experiences through the promotion of meaningful staff student partnerships that engender a shared responsibilityTo ensure that all students are clear about what they can reasonably expect of their course and what is expected from themB210.2B4B210.1B2.5B2.7To embed within the curriculum opportunities for students to develop as global citizens, socially, ethically and environmentally aware, sensitive to international contexts and culturesTo exploit opportunities within course design and programme delivery for internationalising the curriculum and the student bodyTo provide explicit opportunities for students to learn about sustainability, formally and informally, engaging with communities and employers.To develop and implement more efficient and effective methods for collecting, analysing and responding to student feedback on a timely basis.
10 Research-Teaching Nexus implications for revalidation Vicky Davies
11 Research-Teaching Nexus (RTN) Strand 1Pedagogic Research (PR)/Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) capacity buildingStrand 2Research as inquiry (RAI): comprising Research-informed Teaching (R-IT) and Research-enhanced Learning (R-EL)
12 Where is this relevant in revalidation/evaluation documentation? Section B CommentariesB2.6 Research/scholarship informed teaching and curriculumB2.7 Creativity, innovation & good practiceSection C Staff & professional development
13 Learning & Teaching Strategy/RTN linkages (1) Strategic Aim 1Key supporting objectivesRTNSectionTo provide appropriate learning opportunities which are flexible, responsive to and inclusive of, the needs of students, professions and the wider communityTo promote, embed and develop safe yet challenging learning environments that support active learning, through a learning and teaching ethos underpinned by current and appropriate discipline-specific and pedagogic research and scholarship, building, where appropriate, upon new and emerging technologiesPRSoTLB2.6B2.7To promote and embed inquiry-based activities across the curricula which are designed to develop a range of generic, info-literacy, critical inquiry and/or subject specific research skills, and their transferability into professional settings and/or further studyRAI
14 Learning & Teaching Strategy/RTN linkages (2) Enabling AimKey supporting objectivesRTNSectionTo provide a supportive environment, in which innovative approaches to learning, teaching and leadership are encouraged, recognised, valued and rewarded, for all staff and students in the universityTo further develop communities of practice, including students, in order to promote scholarly dialogue, and encourage and facilitate the sharing of effective practice between and within subjects and departments...PRSoTLB2.6CTo promote and encourage professional reflection, critical thinking and pedagogic research on the student learning experience by all those involved in the facilitation of learning and teachingTo increase the proportion of, and support for, staff seeking internal recognition of effective learning and teaching practice through alignment to the UKPSFTo lead, encourage, support and disseminate scholarship of learning and teaching and pedagogic developments by staff and studentsRAI
15 Engagement through partnership Where now?Engagement through partnership“Partnership is understood as a relationship in which all involved are actively engaged in and stand to gain from the process of learning and working together to foster engaged student learning and engaged learning and teaching enhancement.Partnership is essentially a way of doing things, rather than an outcome in itselfPartnership is a process of student engagementAll partnership is student engagement but not all student engagement is partnership”Healey et al. (2014. p1)
16 Where now?Healey, M., flint, A. & Harrington, K. (2014) Framework for partnership in learning and teaching in higher education. York: HEAAvailable at https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/resources/HEA_Framework_for_partnership_in_learning_and_teaching.pdfIn particular – look at series of self-evaluation questions (p.6) to support staff, students, institutions and students’ unions who wish to explore how they could develop and embed learning and teaching partnershipsE.g. LTA To what extent, and how are active and collaborative learning approaches embedded in student learning experiences?LTA How are students and staff involved in the delivery and assessment of learning?RTN To what extent, and how, do students and staff contribute to the development of knowledge in their subject area/professional field?12 questions – 4 sections
17 Process of Partnership Qualitative research on the ‘lived experiences’ of staff student partnership carried outmajority of staff and students are very positive about working in partnership to effect changeStaff report that their own approach to practice is changingMore open to the student bodyLess likely to treat their students as a homogenous groupBecoming more reflective about their practiceRoisín
18 They value the University involving them in tackling difficult issues Qualitative research on the ‘lived experiences’ of staff student partnershipStudent partners have reported that their perspective on HE is changingThey value the University involving them in tackling difficult issuesEnjoy problem-solving with staffThey feel that this approach is breaking down perceived barriers between staff and studentsLearning new skills whilst developing their own self-confidenceEdge award reflectionsChallenge going forward – how do we engage wider student body?