Thursday, 14 January 2016

Open lecture: Student Engagement and Teaching Excellence: Metrics for Enhancement - Dr Camille B. Kandiko Howson

Open Lecture in Teaching and Learning

Wednesday 3 February 2016, 5 – 6pm, Greenwich, Stockwell Street 11_0004

Student Engagement and Teaching Excellence: Metrics for Enhancement - Dr Camille B. Kandiko Howson, King's College London

Student engagement is becoming a key component of UK higher education. However, the term 'student engagement' covers many different areas, ranging from student representation, to academic study, to students' involvement in extra and co-curricular activities. Despite the lack of definition, measuring student engagement across the sector is increasing—including new questions proposed for the National Student Survey (NSS); the development of the HEA's UK Engagement Survey (UKES); institutional-based student awards; and pilot studies as part of the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework.
This talk will explore the different dimensions of student engagement and the various metrics developed. The use of these in practice within institution and in policy development across the sector will be explored. The talk will be grounded by research conducted with students on their expectations and perceptions of higher education, their understanding of student engagement and 'engagement' with engagement at university.

Dr Camille B. Kandiko Howson joined King's Learning Institute in 2008. In a cross-institutional capacity she is working on student engagement and experience enhancement initiatives at King's College London. She provides leadership in terms of engaging students and staff with areas of educational development policy and student engagement with educational enhancement. She also leads the King's Experience Internship scheme for undergraduate students.

She is involved in national higher education policy research on students and the student experience, working with HEFCE/BIS/HEA on Learning Gains research; with HEFCE and the HEA on student surveys, including NSS and UKES; with the QAA on student engagement and student expectations; and the Leadership Foundation on academic motivation, prestige and gender.
Camille's current research focuses on international and comparative higher education, with areas of interest in the student experience, student engagement and the curriculum; interdisciplinarity and creativity; academic motivation, prestige and gender; and developing the use of concept mapping in higher education and intersectionality in research design.
Camille holds a first degree in English and Classics from Cornell University (USA) and a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from The University of Pennsylvania (USA). She was awarded her PhD by Indiana University (USA) in 2007; her thesis title was Student Engagement in Canada and the U.S. in an Era of Globalization. Before taking up successive posts at the Institute (Research Assistant, Research Associate, Research Fellow), she was project associate at IU working on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
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