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?
The following sessions are currently available for booking:
Research Focus: Conversations, community and collegiality
Date: Wednesday 29th April 2020
Venue: Online (via Collaborate Ultra) (Off Campus)
Booking Link: https://edin.ac/2Ro6QAW
This meeting will focus on the role of the Teaching Matters blog (https://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/) in creating ongoing discussion and engagement with learning, teaching and assessment and student engagement both internally and externally. You are being invited to share your thoughts and contribute directly to a recently-funded PTAS project designed to explore engagement with, and assess the impact of, the Teaching Matters blog.
The project is a collaboration between Jennifer Scoles (IAD, Principal Investigator), Hazel Christie (IAD), Nina Morris (GeoSciences) and Karen Howie (Information Services).
Whether you have engaged with Teaching Matters or not, please come along and share your thoughts on the (potential) value, utility, and impact of this type of teaching and learning resource!
We are particularly interested in hearing from students. Please note only 10 places.
A Field course in the time of Covid
Date: Tuesday 05th May 2020
Time: 13:30 - 15:00
Venue: Online (via Collaborate)
Booking Link: Book online now
Presenter: Nick Colegrave - Institute of Evolutionary Biology
Field Zoology is a core third year course for our 35 or so organismal biology students. It is built around a 1 week residential field course on the Island of Cumbrae in the west of Scotland, and is where we provide training in field study design, analysis and presentation (important foundations for their honours year research projects). Equally importantly is the role it plays in cohort/community building, fostering confident interactions between both staff and students, and among students.
This year, we had to cancel the residential component and move all teaching online at short notice. I will tell you about what we did to try to recreate the experience of carrying out a self-designed field study in a virtual environment, and the attempts we made to foster community through activities such as virtual pub quizzes.
Supporting autistic students and colleagues
Date: Thursday 04th June 2020
Venue: Online, via Collaborate
Booking Link: https://edin.ac/2q1p40p
A joint presentation, from an autistic member of staff and an autism researcher, will combine relevant evidence from research with personal experience and insights to make effective recommendations for best practice in working with autistic students and colleagues. Unsurprisingly, many of these can have widespread benefits for the entire student body.
How do I join?
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Previous engage events and resources
Academic year 19/20
Tuesday 21st April 2020, Engaging students online and building community
Presenters: Gill Aitken, Tim Fawns, Derek Jones, Debbie Spence
The team that runs the successful MSc Clinical Education have been nominated for a Collaborative Award in Teaching Excellence. In this session some of the team will discuss their approach to engaging students and building online community. A holistic overview will be offered with academic, pastoral and administrative issues considered.
Information from the session - to follow
Tuesday 28th January 2020, Using cognitive load theory to help students learn more effectively
Professor Michael Seery, School of Chemistry
Academic year 18/19
Thurs 6th June 2019, Student-staff co-creation of assessment
Dr Catherine Bovill, IAD
Thurs 16th May 2019, Student engagement article, group discussion
Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka, PhD student Moray House School of Education and Sam Dvorakova, PhD student, School of Physics
'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: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1360144X.2018.1545233
Mon 25th March 2019, Embedding democratic learning principles in neoliberal times: the story of the MSc Transformative Learning and Teaching
Dr Aileen Kennedy, Kat Brack, Kirstie Fairnie
Slides to follow
Wed 13th Feb 2019, Student engagement in lecture capture
Anne-Marie Scott, Information Services
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