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.
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.