Wherever you start or whatever progress you have already made engagement is a continually evolving cultural process and there will always be new opportunities emerging to develop the digital student experience.
Some suggestions for how you might take this work forward include:
- Capture and analyse what students say they want and do and compare this with what they actually do
- Identify or create opportunities for meaningful dialogue – perhaps use the digital students are different posters and enhancing the digital student experience: conversations that count postcards to stimulate discussion or explore our resources designed to assist providers to conduct learner research
- Consider whether using social media can help you to engage learners in conversations about their learning
- Take care not to treat students as one homogenous group and to recognise subject or discipline differences and needs
- Recognise also that there may be movement or transiency in terms of individual student engagement with changing commitments and academic pressures. The structure of the academic year means there may be times when students are easily able to participate and times when this is more difficult – plan for these from the outset
- Use the TSEP principles of engagement to develop and promote initiatives that model collaboration between staff and students (user need aspects as well as curriculum, employability and digital literacy development initiatives)
- Use the Viewpoints toolkit comprising effective practice points, prompt questions, top tips, workshop and planning activities as well as links to sector resources to help you develop a student-staff partnership model suited to your particular needs and your institutional culture.
- Explore the NUS Framework for Partnership with Students and their manifesto for partnership
- Make funding available for collaborative student-staff initiatives and promote opportunities to participate
- Encourage students and staff to sign up for the change agents’ network change leader award.
- Watch the FASTECH video case study – showing how students at the University of Winchester and Bath Spa University are working in partnership with staff to transform the assessment and feedback landscape
- Empower and reward students by ensuring their successes are recognised and promoted