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Student Engagement and Student Disengagement

Reasons, explanations and a way forward

DMU Annual Learning & Teaching Conference was held on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at De Montfort University. 

This conference brought together our educators, researchers and practitioners to exchange and share practices and pedagogy on all issues concerning Student Engagement and Disengagement in Higher Education (HE).  It also provided a platform to present and disc​uss our most recent innovations, trends and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted to engage the disengaged.

We had a Keynote Address from Dr Alex Buckley, Senior Learning Enhancement Adviser, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow: 
"Why there is confusion about the concept of student engagement, and why that's a problem for practice as well as policy".

The conference consisted of workshops, presentations, debates and poster stands.  Please see further details below.

Conference Programme

Keynote Address  - Dr Alex Buckley, Senior Learning Enhancement Adviser, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Keynote Presentation

Poster Presentations Overview

Workshop / Presentations / Debates - Synopses

Please see below further information on the presentations and workshops.

Session 1 - 11:00 - 11:50 Session 2 - 12:00 - 12:50
1 - Lived Experience Enhancing Student Learning 9 - Contextualising project feedback (using DMU Replay)to engage students in their learning
2 - 'The Great (Didactic) Escape': Engaging students through problem-based learning 10 - Ten Ingredients to embed Education for the Sustainable Development Goals in Taught Courses
3 - Creating Universal Teaching Learning and Assessment Strategies (CUTLAS): Designing Learning for Engagement 11 - Engagement in context. Engagement as terminology, as concept and as principle
4 - Why the polymath approach is critical to student engagement and curriculum development? 12 - Co-created, work-related teaching approaches to increase student engagement
- Using an Enquiry Based Learning tool to encourage student engagement 13 - Teaching Strategies for Engaging Students: Threshold Concepts in Academic Skills Development
6 - 'You Call This archelogy?!': Exploring learning through material culture 14 - Introducing the DMU Writing Circle: Building capability to engage students in developing their academic writing
7 - We hate group work: a postgraduate student perspective 15 - Using Data to Teach Analysis throughout a Research Methodology Course
8 - Learning Together with students in prison 16 - Understanding the Factors that Influence Student Engagement: An Asian Perspective


For details of previous conferences or showcases organised via Academic Professional Development please go to our Conferences and Events Archive.