U21 Symposium

'Motivating Online Student Engagement in and out of the Classroom' 

The U21 Symposium explores the very relevant topic of motivating online student engagement with core academic work and with broader student services. Participants will look at the additional challenges caused by COVID-19  to online student engagement & student learning, and explore new approaches and solutions.

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This year has not been a typical year in the higher education sector. Many academics have had to rapidly transition their courses from face-to-face classes to online delivery. Many students expecting to study abroad for international experiences, have also had their plans quashed and now face a challenging job market. Whilst online delivery is not new, the context is unique and involves many academics and learners who have not previously engaged in online teaching and learning to this extent.

During this short U21 Symposium, Prof Blake McKimmie* will look at, and challenge participants to explore, what can be applied to this new context from our experiences of blended learning to enhance engagement and learning online. Participants will actively consider some of the challenges of online student engagement, how these relate to studying at one’s home institution, and also the implications for internationalisation and virtual exchange experiences.

Event Structure

  • Keynote contributions by Prof. Blake McKimmie - 'Learning in the classroom and online' and 'Using student behaviour in the classroom to improve the online curricular and co-curricular experiences.'
  • Interactive group exercises and discussions with peers across the U21 network:  Group exercise: 'What do students think helps them to learn? What do you think helps students to learn?' Group exercise: How can we improve the experience in virtual classrooms and on virtual exchanges?'
  • Group plenary discussions chaired by the Chairs of the U21 Student Experience and Education Innovation Steering Groups (Prof. Kathy Armour and Prof. Joanne Wright)

Date: 18 November 2020 Starting Times: 07:00 or 16:00 (GMT), Duration 2.5 hours, online Moderators: Prof Joanne Wright and Prof Kathy Armour This event will run twice, participants join whichever session best suits their time zone and commitments - you can convert the event time to your timezone here.

Blake McKimmie
Professor Blake McKimmie

*Main Speaker: Professor Blake McKimmie  Blake is a professor in the School of Psychology, acting Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and Principle Practitioner at the Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation at the University of Queensland. He has won a number of teaching awards, including Faculty and University awards, the edX prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning, a Wharton QS Stars Reimagine Education Bronze Award, and a MERLOT Classics Award. In 2019, he led the team that won the Australian University Teacher of the Year Award for Teaching Excellence. He currently teaches a large introductory psychology course and a second year elective on psychology and law. 

Please email U21@universitas21.com for more information.

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Event start date
18 November, 07:00
Event end date
18 November, 22:00