Fostering Student Engagement – A self assessment tool

All the research about which students stay in an HE and complete their degrees and which ones leave shows that engagement with the experience (in a variety of ways) is a key determinant. The higher the level and breadth of engagement, the more likely a student is to remain. It follows therefore that staff teams should do everything they can to encourage students to engage with their peers, their staff, their subject / discipline and with the wider university community. You can use this proforma to assess what you do as a team to maximise student engagement.




A self-assessment checklist

  • What do you do to build students’ self-confidence and self-efficacy?

  • What learning opportunities do you provide for students to work autonomously as well as in teams / collaboratively?

  • What staff development is in place to ensure staff appreciate their roles in fostering higher levels of student engagement?

  • How do you seek to inject suitable challenge into your course?

  • What do you do to be as inclusive and welcoming of diversity as possible, enabling students to enhance their social and cultural capital in the process?

  • How well do you work with central support services to ensure students are well supported?

The self-assessment checklist allows you to monitor your skills in terms of the following categories

1. Student’s self confidence and self-efficacy
2. Learning opportunities to work autonomously
3. Staff development
4. Suitable challenges in course
5. Be inclusive and welcoming
6. Central support services

Source: Zepke, N. & Leach, L. (2010). Improving student engagement. Active Learning in Higher Education, 11 (3), 167-177.