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Novel Approaches to Promoting Student Engagement

Date: 30th October 2008
Location: University of Ulster at Coleraine
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A one-day workshop hosted at the University of Ulster's Coleraine campus, on 30 October 2008, by:

  • School of Computing and Information Engineering
  • Higher Education Academy (ICS)

The workshop is concerned with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in higher education, in all disciplines, and aims to:

  • identify and examine some of the factors that impact on student engagement - both positively and negatively
  • share experiences of novel attempts at promoting student engagement
  • explore the potential for radically new strategies to promote student engagement

Workshop activities will include presentations and opportunities for discussion.

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08.45 - 9.15 Registration
09.15 - 9.25

Welcome Address

Professor Denise McAlister

Pro-Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning

09.25 - 10.10

Session 1: Computer Gameplay

Final Fantasy in the Classroom: Using Player Representation Techniques from Computer Games to Improve Student Engagement, Darryl Charles.

ELEGANT - Enhanced eLearning Engagement  using Game Absorption Techniques, Thérèse Charles, David W Bustard & Michaela Black.

10.10 - 10.40 Morning Coffee
10.40 - 11.30

Session 2: Web Blogs and Wikis

Engagement through Contribution, John Hammer

Using a Blog to Engage Medical Students in a Multidisciplinary Teaching Course about Psychiatry and Wider Society, S. MacSuibhne, A. Guerandel & K. Malone

11.30 - 11.55 Morning Discussion Session
11.55 - 12.35

Midday Poster Session

12.35 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.20

Session 3: Engagement and Participation

Devices to Support Student Engagement in Practical Work, W. Brian Whalley & Lyla Taylor.

Using Mobile Technology in the Classroom to Encourage Participation and Increase Student Engagement, James Denholm-Price, Ann Ooms, Tim Linsey & Marion Webb.

14.20 - 15.10

Session 4: Engagment in the First Year

Enhancing Learning on a First Year Engineering Programme with a Student Design Project, Aidan O'Dwyer.

An Integrated Foundation Year in Computing Science – Helping Students Engage, Nicola Ayre & Ian McChesney

15.10 - 15.40

Afternoon Coffee

15.40 - 16.05 Afternoon Discussion Session

Concluding Remarks