One of the key elements of the University's Teaching and Learning Strategy is a commitment to student engagement. This approach has a number of characteristics:
- the active contribution a student makes to his or her own learning
- the institutional provision of educational opportunities that are empirically linked to quality learning outcomes
- an enhanced transition for students into professional employment or improved career mobility and personal achievements as citizens.
As a University we aim to:
- focus on engagement of first year students beginning with active student orientation programs that integrate the academic, institutional and social aspects of university life
- provide opportunities for students to engage in experiential learning
- implement empirically derived teaching strategies that build on our existing commitment to the scholarship of teaching
- enact the institutional mission as an applied university, established to provide entrants to, and in-service education for, the professions.
The three main mechanisms for student engagement at UniSA are:
- Teaching-research nexus - the linking of teaching and research in our programs and courses
- Practice-based learning - authentic and active learning in workplaces and in the classroom
- Service learning - volunteer work as a community service with opportunities to reflect and develop key Graduate Qualities
This section brings together relevant student engagement resources from sources external to the University
- Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) 2005 Report on Understanding and promoting student engagement (PDF 326kb - opens in a new window. Download Adobe Acrobat)
- Biggs, J (1999) What the student does: Teaching for enhanced learning. Higher Education Research and Development 18(1) 57-75.
- Active learning in higher education journal - Available in library through SAGE education database
- A collection of references on active learning (Refshare database).