Edinburgh Network: Growing Approaches to Genuine Engagement (ENGAGE)
A network for students and staff interested in student engagement.
Who is the network for?
The Edinburgh Network: Growing Approaches to Genuine Engagement (ENGAGE) aims to bring together students and staff interested in creating genuine and meaningful interactions between students and staff focused on learning, teaching and assessment. Meetings focus on sharing ideas, research and practice, and offer space for discussion and collegial support. Whether you are interested in enhancing student engagement in learning and teaching from the student or staff perspective, you are welcome to come along.
How often does it meet?
Title: Embedding democratic learning principles in neoliberal times: the story of the MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching
This talk presents a case study of a new initial teacher education (ITE) programme developed with deeply democratic aims and approaches. The MSc Transformative learning and Teaching is an innovative new ITE programme. It is the first full Masters-level ITE programme in Scotland, qualifying graduates to work across the primary secondary transition, in either Nursery-S3 (generalist) or P5-S6 (subject specialist). It has been developed, and is delivered, in partnership with local authorities. The programme places explicit focus on developing knowledge, skills and dispositions that support more inclusive and socially just teaching, and supports beginning teachers to adopt an activist and transformative orientation. Both the development, and the delivery, of the programme have faced certain challenges in bringing these aspirations to fruition, but have also experienced certain affordances which have helped to ‘smooth’ the way. This talk will focus on two key aspects of our (staff and student) experience:
- The programme’s passage through the requisite validation and accreditation procedures, focusing on the ways that the programme aims and philosophy have been either supported or challenged as part of these processes (see Kennedy, 2018).
- The ways in which the philosophical aspirations are operationalised, including a focus on the assessment philosophy and associated principles which form the official discourse in relation to staff/student engagement.
We look forward to stimulating interesting conversations with like-minded colleagues, but equally to engaging in challenging conversations with colleagues with other perspectives on democratic education.
Speakers: Dr Aileen Kennedy, Kat Brack, Kirstie Fairnie
Date: Mon 25th March 2019
Time: 14:30-16:00 with coffee and cake
Venue: 1.3 Lister Building, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre (Central Area)
Booking link: https://edin.ac/2xWUfdt (EASE log in required)
Title: Student engagement article, group discussion
Speakers: Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka, PhD student Moray House School of Education and Sam Dvorakova, PhD student, School of Physics
This session will provide an opportunity to discuss a recent paper 'Enhancing outcomes and reducing inhibitors to engagement of students and staff in learning and teaching partnerships: implications for academic development'. The paper is available here:
Date: Thurs 16th May 2019
Time: 14:30-16:00 with coffee and cake
Booking link: https://edin.ac/2xVdnZd (EASE log in required)
Title: Student-staff co-creation of assessment
Speakers: Dr Catherine Bovill, IAD
Date: Thurs 6th June 2019
Time: 12:30-14:00 with lunch
Venue: Room B.09, IAD, 1 Morgan Lane, off Holyrood Road
Booking link: https://edin.ac/2y4vThV (EASE log in required)
How do I join?
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Previous engage events and resources
Academic year 18/19
Wed 13th Feb 2019, Student engagement in lecture capture
Anne-Marie Scott, Information Services
Slides to follow
Mon 14th January 2019, Building community and relationships between staff and students in Schools
Dr Esther Mijers and students from History Classics and Archaeology and Dr Chris Mowat and students from Chemistry
Wed 12th December 2018, Complicating inclusivity and diversity in student engagement and partnership: Whose voice gets heard?
Dr Lucy Mercer-Mapstone, IAD
Tues 4th December 2018, Analysing NSS results and implications for student engagement
Dr Alex Buckley Strathclyde University; & Dr Jill MacKay Vet School, Dr Kirsty Hughes Vet School, Dr Neil Lent IAD
Wed 14th November 2018 - Online Learning Network and engage: Engaging Online Students
A joint Online Learning Network and Engage Network event.
Academic year 17/18
Tues 29th May 2018 - In conversation about internationalising and diversifying the curriculum in partnership with students Dr Wendy Green, University of Tasmania; Ms Sarah Moffat, Edinburgh University Students' Association; Dr Catriona Cunningham, University of Stirling
16th May 2018 - Discussion of two student engagement articles
Articles under discussion:
Anonymous academic (2015) My students have paid £9000 and now they think they own me. The Guardian Friday 18 December. Chickering, A.W. and Gamson, Z.F. (1987) Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. AAHE Bulletin March, pp3-7.
9th April 2018 - Student-staff co-creation of a course: Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World
15th February 2018 - Making curricula inclusive and engaging
19th January 2018 - Learner engagement: In Conversation with Peter Felten and Meredith Piatt
12th Dec 2017 - Introducing Piazza - a tool for students to ask, answer and discuss questions with staff input where needed
Slides from Alan Murray (MS PPT)
17 Oct 2017 - The Launch: 10 Ways to enhance student engagement in learning and teaching