Dr Alex Buckley, from the student surveys team at HEA, spoke about the findings of the first multi-institutional pilot of National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) in the UK in the latest HEA Research and Policy seminar event.
The October 2013 report of the NSSE pilot Engagement for Enhancement contains the findings from over 8500 responses from nine UK institutions to questions taken from the NSSE, which is widely used in the US and across the world, and is known to be an effective tool for evaluating the amount and quality of effort that students invest in their studies. The questions ask about critical thinking, course challenge, collaborative learning and academic integration.
The pilot survey is the first stage in an HEA project to explore the applicability and usefulness of student engagement surveys in the UK.
Following Dr Buckley's seminar, discussions continued around the role of the National Student Survey (NSS) and the applicability of the survey in a UK context. The seminar audience of 120 attendees, in person and online, provided interesting debate and prompted interest from several institutions who would like to be involved in the pilot.
The next event in the seminar and webinar series - Evaluating the impact of student number controls, choice and competition on the student profile and learning environment - takes place on 11 March.