ASPIRE ACADEMY: How can you enhance student engagement at your school? Key points revealed by research

Date:  Saturday 5 September 2020
Time:  0930-1230
Location:  Orkney, Crowne Plaza

  • Manuel João Costa, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Flávia Freitas, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Susan Smith, Imperial College, UK
  • Danai Wangsaturaka, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Marjo Wijnen-Meijer, Technical University, Germany
  • Harm Peters, Charité – Universtitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Summary of theme and why it is important:  There is wide recognition that higher levels of student engagement may increase student academic performance and the quality of the educational environment. Student engagement is, however, a broad concept and there is no “one size fits all” list of guidelines to achieve real student engagement. Institutions and people differ across the world, and it is therefore important to understand the particular nuances of policies that achieve student engagement in each institutional context. As winners of ASPIRE excellence in student engagement (SE) awards from different geographical, cultural and social contexts, we will engage participants in an informative and reflective workshop considering how they might go about achieving health sciences students’ engagement within the specific contexts of their own schools. The workshop will build on recent research within the ASPIRE ACADEMY exploring and analyzing the features of ASPIRE award-winning schools.
What participants will gain:  At completion of the workshop participants will: 1) appreciate global and local context specificity for excellence in student engagement, 2) identify good ideas/examples, and challenges and how to overcome the latter to enhance student engagement in their own institutions, 3) understand contextual-related differences in institutional practices that have achieved student engagement; 4) clarify which key ingredients are the ones meriting investment to enhance student engagement at their schools; 5) have easy access to ASPIRE Academy members for support at enhancing student engagement at their own school.
Who should participate:  All who are interested in contributing to the implementation of student engagement in a particular context: these may be program directors, teachers, students, administrators, program designers, staff from teaching and learning offices from health sciences schools. Delegates from schools considering applying to the ASPIRE award may find this workshop particularly useful.
Level of workshop:  Introductory

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