This session outlined a 'warts and all' data story from the University of Bath exploring the development and journey of student engagement and the role its data plays at the institution.
Student engagement at the University of Bath has developed and evolved over the years with various highs and lows. However, partnership with the Students' Union has always been at the centre of our story, with our shared data used as a driving force for student engagement activity.
The session was a combination of presentation and workshop activities with participants encouraged to input and challenge throughout. The session explored how the role of student engagement data has developed at Bath and provides insight for enhancement activities. With the development of learning analytics and big data this session explores that it is important not to lose sight of whose data institutions and students’ unions are working with. Different interest groups within an institution and a students’ union have differing abilities to shape or influence survey design and construction. This then impacts upon how they act in response to the results and survey data; and ultimately to the future strengthening or weakening of partnership and student engagement. This session will be relevant for colleagues across all levels within an institution as well as from Students’ Unions.