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Student engagement: facilitating a transformative learning experience, 7th October 2009

Posted by on September 21st, 2009 · Announcements, Talking about Teaching

Through the interactive session at the L&T Forum 09 the UNSW community came up with a list of factors that contribute to student engagement (the original Etherpad list is available at the L&T Forum 09 wiki). From this list we have been able to distinguish four characteristics of a learning environment that facilitates student engagement. These are:

•    Situated Contextualised, relevant, has real outcomes, transferrable, students are aware of bigger picture of the discipline and beyond
•    Active Interactive, enthusiastic, passionate, students participate in dialogue and are focused
•    Connected Importance of communication, emotion, relationships, community, sense of belonging
•    Transformative Reflection, growth, discipline identity, leaving the comfort zone, courage to risk, generate new knowledge, lasting impact, developing independence, a sense of ownership, desire to learn, life-long learning

As the follow-up of the L&T Forum 09 we would like to dedicate the first Connections – Talking About Teaching seminar to the theme of Student engagement – facilitating a transformative learning experience. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, 7th October, 12-1:30pm at Climate Change seminar room, Level 4 Mathews.

Come and join an informal conversation with your UNSW colleagues about challenges in motivating the learner, and discuss strategies that enable your students to develop independence, courage to risk and generate new knowledge in your discipline.

This seminar will be informal in structure and take the form of talking about teaching as “work in progress” rather than a presentation of finalized teaching cases. Please bring any interesting journal articles or resources related to this topic that you would like to share.

Light lunch will be provided by L&T@UNSW with the support from the ALTC.

Image by chekabuje, Flickr CC

Image by chekabuje, Flickr CC

Please register online at

If you would like to propose a theme for a future seminar in the Connections seminar series, please send an email to Ann Wilson at

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