Student Engagement Symposium Programme: Thursday 21st September
09.15 am – 09.45 am
Registration, networking and refreshments
09.45 am – 09.55 am
Welcome and housekeeping
09.55 am – 10.20 am
Opening Keynote:A student feedback journey: Perspectives on change and engagement. Professor Marie Clarke, University College Dublin
Abstract: Student evaluation systems have a long tradition in higher education (Knapper, 2001). A key argument for using student evaluations for improving learning is that it should enhance self-reflection on learning by both teachers and students (Freeman and Dobbins, 2011). Student feedback, satisfaction and engagement are complex concepts, which have different meanings in different contexts and applications. Different discourses have shaped the nature of feedback practice and literacy, representing a complex picture of what it means for students to offer feedback on their teaching, learning and wider experiences and the implications of student evaluations in a wider institutional context, which often result in synergies and tensions that can be both challenging and confusing This paper will focus on developing a new student feedback system in a large scale university using the Kotter (1996) change model. The paper will document the change process and will also explore the factors that influence students’ attitudes and intentions towards providing feedback, their reasons for engaging and their suggestions for improvement.
Freeman, R., and Dobbins, K. (2011). Are we serious about enhancing courses? Using the principles of assessment for learning to enhance course evaluation. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 38, 142-151.
Knapper, C. (2001). Broadening our approach to teaching evaluation. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 88, 3-8.
Kotter, J. P. (1996). Leading Change. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.
10.20 am – 10.45 am
Engaging academic staff as stakeholder partners in module-level student feedback surveys– experience at the National College of Ireland Patricia Maguire National College of Ireland
When student feedback mechanisms are designed, there naturally tends to be a heavy focus on what will work to maximise engagement from students. When it comes to analysing results, and agreeing actions and closing the feedback loop, the academic voice and engagement of module lecturers and programme directors/coordinators becomes essential. The National College of Ireland (NCI) will share its recent experience in piloting a new module-level student survey that has the support of academic staff from the outset.
10.45 am – 11.10 am
Closing the Feedback Loop: taking steps to feedback to students Dr Duncan Berryman and Eimear Gallagher, Queen’s University Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast set out to improve student engagement and recognised that showing how we act on the student voice is an essential part of this. This paper will provide an overview of the steps Queen’s has taken to close the feedback loop with students, what we have learnt from this and what we intend to do in the future. This is a long journey that we have only recently started and hope to share some experiences and learn from others.
11.10 am – 11.30 am:Refreshment Break
11.30 am – 12.10 pm
Enhancing student engagement through developing Being Belonging Becoming Dr Andy Clegg, Associate Professor in Academic Innovation and Enhancement, University of Portsmouth Student Engagement and Partnership and it ’s Impact on Wellbeing and Belonging Hannah Kelly and Niamh Murtaugh, NStEP
12.10 pm – 12.50 pm
Panel discussion:Innovation in Student Dialogue Aisling McKenna, Dublin City University (Chair) Oisín Hassan, Irish Universities Association Professor Celine Marmion, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Sean O’Reilly, Technological Higher Education Association Bryan O’Mahony, Union of Students in Ireland
12.50 pm – 13.50 pm: Lunch
13.50 pm– 14.15 pm
Afternoon Keynote: The cost of living crisis:Reflecting on the impact on student engagement Dr Kay Hack, Lead Consultant (Education), Advance HE
The session will present data from Ireland and UK to demonstrate the impact of the cost of living crisis on student engagement. This will be followed by sharing of approaches that are being used to mitigate the challenge.
14.15 pm – 14.40 pm
Implementing the Graduate Outcomes Survey via evasys David Kilmartin, Technological University Dublin
14.40 pm– 15.00 pm
Student engagement and success: simple as ABC? Dr Helena Lim, Head of Opportunities, evasys
15.00 pm– 15.20 pm: Refreshment Break
15.20 pm– 15.50 pm
Fireside chat: Student engagement via volunteering Theresa O’Leary, University College Dublin Nina Sachau, Executive Director, Suas/STAND programme Lisa Basquel, University of Galway