There is a strong positive correlation between high student engagement and improved academic performance.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”, makes so much sense now- the more the involvement, the more we learn and remember in the long run.
But before we jump into why and how on student engagement, it is important to first understand what is student engagement?
Well to put it into more sophisticated words, student engagement is the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion students show towards learning and being involved in their university life.
Whatever the definition might be, the final goal remains the same: that is to enhance the whole university process and make it even more interesting.
Student engagement remains important to learning and achievement, and it’s likely that with changing times, finding new ways to motivate and engage students will become crucial.
What are the ways to motivate students to complete assignments? How to make classrooms engaging? How to create an environment effective for students? What plans to adopt to strengthen existing student engagement strategies?
Ensuring students are also engaged outside of the classroom is the answer.
Student engagement and universities go hand in hand. Universities in countries such as the Netherlands stand out for their interdisciplinary approach to student engagement in both classroom and everyday life.
With Covid-19 ever influencing student life, engaging current students is more crucial than ever. The task becomes more challenging with students becoming passive, having a lesser sense of social belonging and feeling disengaged from their learning.We cannot simply underestimate the importance of student engagement, at any time, as it affects student achievement and students’ future.
But student engagement becoming crucial doesn’t mean it requires a tectonic shift in thinking or has to be expensive. All institutes need at the moment is a strong commitment towards their mission. Many of the current strategies might work; they just need to be adapted to a world hit by a pandemic. Many universities in Europe have already picked up their pace pretty well, especially in the Netherlands where tools such as Uni-Life are used.