Resources for Student Engagement during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Institutional Approaches to Student Engagement during Covid-19
This short Report provides guidance and tips on maintaining some level of formal or systematic approach to student engagement during the Covid-19 shutdown of higher education. The Report takes a particular focus on five key areas of decision-making where student engagement would normally have occurred regularly in formal, semi-formal and informal ways before the pandemic began. These five key areas are the module-level, programme-level, departments, professional support units, and at the institutional-level. Senior managers, programme leaders, professional support staff and student representatives may find this Report particularly useful, depending on the context in which they are working.
Maintaining Class Rep Systems
This short Report provides guidance on approaching the recruitment and election of class representatives. It outlines the ‘class rep lifecycle’ and some key considerations for maintaining effective and supported class rep systems in an era of remote learning. Students’ union officers, student engagement staff, quality officers, and senior managers will find this report useful when preparing for the new academic year.
Resources for Induction and Orientation
This ‘Quick Guide’ provides suggestions and tips for promoting and embedding the message of student engagement through induction and orientation, and is useful in both a remote learning context and on-campus setting. A toolkit is also provided which provides a template orientation presentation.
Effective Staff-Student Committees
This ‘quick guide’ can support the ongoing development and enhancement of student engagement within formal and semi-formal governance committees, including Programme Boards and Student-Staff Forums. The Guide may also inform the creation of temporary staff-student meetings during the crisis, ensuring that these formal opportunities can continue, albeit in an online format.
An additional short guide is provided below with some practical tips for hosting online staff-student committees.
Quick Guide for Staff who Teach during Remote Learning
As higher education transitions to online teaching and assessment, it is critical that lines of communication between staff and students remain open, ensuring that students are not only heard, but that they are also key participants in decision-making and governance. This ‘quick guide’ contains useul tips for effective online feedback and communication, as well as suggestions for hosting online programme boards and staff-student committees.
Quick Guide for Class Reps during Remote Learning
This short guide provides practical suggestions and ideas for class reps on how to engage with their class and collaborate with staff during remote learning.
Student Voice Summit: Registration Opens!
The National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are pleased to announce our very first Student Voice Summit. This event is aimed at students who take on representative or advocacy roles, who are interested in student...
Webinar July 2020: Student Partnership in the Covid Era
This Summer staff across Irish higher education, student representatives, as well as incoming and returning students, are facing a number of challenges and considerations. Our new Summer Series will seek to address some of these challenges and offer practical advice...
Register now: Webinar on Impact of Covid-19 on Student Engagement
NStEP will host our 5th National Student Engagement Network via an online webinar, with a number of speakers providing perspectives on the impact that the Covid-19 shutdown has had on staff and students. The webinar will explore the way forward for student engagement...