U21 Symposium - Motivating Online Student Engagement in and out of the Classroom

Back by popular demand, we are pleased to present the U21 Symposium on Motivating Online Student Engagement in and out of the Classroom. This event ran initially in late 2020.

It booked out weeks in advance and so we are advising early registration for this event on 09 February 2021. Places are limited, and subject to availability.

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.

Screenshot of a Zoom meeting

In the past year, many universities have seen a rapid move of their teaching and student supports online, alongside students being unable to study abroad. Whilst online delivery is not new, the context of such a large-scale move to online delivery of teaching, learning, preparation for employment and internationalisation opportunities is unique.

Led by Professor Blake McKimmie (see below), this short, interactive U21 Symposium will challenge participants to explore this new context, drawing on experiences of blended learning to enhance engagement and learning online. Participants will actively consider some of the challenges of online student engagement, and the implications for student learning, employability, internationalisation and virtual exchanges.

The event will include:

  1. Keynote Speaker Professor Blake McKimmie, University of Queensland (see below)
  2. Interactive group exercises and discussions with peers across the network
  3. Final group plenary discussion
Blake McKimmie

Blake McKimmie is a professor in the School of Psychology, 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 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.

Ms Frankie Ring
Event start date
09 February, 08:00
Event end date
09 February, 21:00
How to register

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.

Starting Times: 08:00 or 18:00 (GMT) on 9 February 2020, Duration 2.5 hours. 

Please note the 08:00 session is now full, we are only accepting names to a waiting list in order of receipt.

Please email Frankie Ring with your name, university email and your current post for a registration link.


Important:  The Symposium is only open to staff within U21 member universities.