The 5 Enablers of Student Engagement

The five enablers are the ways in which the institution as a whole and those working through the four domains, seek to enact practical, pragmatic, and ambitious approaches.

The enablers of student engagement represent a non-exhaustive approach to supporting enhancement of student engagement and the development of partnership approaches. These enablers are a reflection of the key challenges and ideas that NStEP has gathered from across the Irish higher education sector. Alignment of these enablers to current policies and practices, and as part of new initiatives, can support the emergence of more sustained engagement. 

Capacity Building

Effective capacity building can occur through exploration of existing structures and strategies, utilising existing conversations and spaces to weave in the principles of student engagement, and supporting individuals and groups to recognise existing practice upon which to build.

Institutional Approaches

Shared institution-wide approaches can foster a sense of co-ownership and mutual vision or aims. Systematic student engagement values both top-down and bottom-up approaches, recognising that student engagement happens in both unique and commonly understood ways in every corner of the institution.

Supportive Policies and Processes

Embedding good practice in student engagement is an ongoing endeavour which requires space for reflection to learn from it, the development of scaffolding to support it, and opportunities to amplify it.

Communities of Practice

Engagement is elevated to partnership by fostering shared communities of practice between staff and students, underpinned by the concept that students are experts in their own learning experience.

Sustainability

Higher education is a transient sector. Not only do students transition through within a relatively short space of time, but staff changes are also frequent, while policies, activities, and the learning environment rarely stays the same for long. This ever-changing environment can be embraced within student engagement practices, rather than viewed as a barrier.

Get Your Free Steps to Partnership Report
To get your free copy of the Steps to Partnership report, just fill in your name and address and we will do the rest! GDPR notice: By providing your name and postal address through this form you are only giving NStEP permission to send Steps to Partnership in the post to you once. Your details will not be used for any other purpose. NStEP will not retain your details after postage.
Please include your Eircode or Zipcode.
The 5 Enablers of Student Engagement

The five enablers are the ways in which the institution as a whole and those working through the four domains, seek to enact practical, pragmatic, and ambitious approaches.

The enablers of student engagement represent a non-exhaustive approach to supporting enhancement of student engagement and the development of partnership approaches. These enablers are a reflection of the key challenges and ideas that NStEP has gathered from across the Irish higher education sector. Alignment of these enablers to current policies and practices, and as part of new initiatives, can support the emergence of more sustained engagement. 

Capacity Building

Effective capacity building can occur through exploration of existing structures and strategies, utilising existing conversations and spaces to weave in the principles of student engagement, and supporting individuals and groups to recognise existing practice upon which to build.

Institutional Approaches

Shared institution-wide approaches can foster a sense of co-ownership and mutual vision or aims. Systematic student engagement values both top-down and bottom-up approaches, recognising that student engagement happens in both unique and commonly understood ways in every corner of the institution.

Supportive Policies and Processes

Embedding good practice in student engagement is an ongoing endeavour which requires space for reflection to learn from it, the development of scaffolding to support it, and opportunities to amplify it.

Communities of Practice

Engagement is elevated to partnership by fostering shared communities of practice between staff and students, underpinned by the concept that students are experts in their own learning experience.

Sustainability

Higher education is a transient sector. Not only do students transition through within a relatively short space of time, but staff changes are also frequent, while policies, activities, and the learning environment rarely stays the same for long. This ever-changing environment can be embraced within student engagement practices, rather than viewed as a barrier.

Get Your Free Steps to Partnership Report
To get your free copy of the Steps to Partnership report, just fill in your name and address and we will do the rest! GDPR notice: By providing your name and postal address through this form you are only giving NStEP permission to send Steps to Partnership in the post to you once. Your details will not be used for any other purpose. NStEP will not retain your details after postage.
Please include your Eircode or Zipcode.
The 5 Enablers of Student Engagement

The five enablers are the ways in which the institution as a whole and those working through the four domains, seek to enact practical, pragmatic, and ambitious approaches.

The enablers of student engagement represent a non-exhaustive approach to supporting enhancement of student engagement and the development of partnership approaches. These enablers are a reflection of the key challenges and ideas that NStEP has gathered from across the Irish higher education sector. Alignment of these enablers to current policies and practices, and as part of new initiatives, can support the emergence of more sustained engagement. 

Capacity Building

Effective capacity building can occur through exploration of existing structures and strategies, utilising existing conversations and spaces to weave in the principles of student engagement, and supporting individuals and groups to recognise existing practice upon which to build.

Institutional Approaches

Shared institution-wide approaches can foster a sense of co-ownership and mutual vision or aims. Systematic student engagement values both top-down and bottom-up approaches, recognising that student engagement happens in both unique and commonly understood ways in every corner of the institution.

Supportive Policies and Processes

Embedding good practice in student engagement is an ongoing endeavour which requires space for reflection to learn from it, the development of scaffolding to support it, and opportunities to amplify it.

Communities of Practice

Engagement is elevated to partnership by fostering shared communities of practice between staff and students, underpinned by the concept that students are experts in their own learning experience.

Sustainability

Higher education is a transient sector. Not only do students transition through within a relatively short space of time, but staff changes are also frequent, while policies, activities, and the learning environment rarely stays the same for long. This ever-changing environment can be embraced within student engagement practices, rather than viewed as a barrier.

Get Your Free Steps to Partnership Report
To get your free copy of the Steps to Partnership report, just fill in your name and address and we will do the rest! GDPR notice: By providing your name and postal address through this form you are only giving NStEP permission to send Steps to Partnership in the post to you once. Your details will not be used for any other purpose. NStEP will not retain your details after postage.
Please include your Eircode or Zipcode.