Connectedness: engaging students through collaboration within and across the higher education sector

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Burnett, L, Hinton, T, Lizzio, A, Taylor, JA & Calder, A 2006, 'Connectedness: engaging students through collaboration within and across the Higher Education sector', symposium at Engaging students: 9th Pacific Rim in Higher Education (FYHE) Conference, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Qld., 12-14 July.


This session will focus on how student engagement can be enhanced through adopting a learning approach. Discussion will be seeded with brief explanations of how a group of practitioners from higher education institutions within Queensland, work together, communicate and enhance student engagement through collaborative approaches. The specific themes which we will discuss are student collaboration (learning from students); staff collaboration (learning with staff); and professional collaboration across Institutions (learning with colleagues). The session, delivered by the Queensland FYE Network, presents a fledgling model of practice which values productive collaboration. Participants in the roundtable will leave with a sense of viable models for collaborative practice, and having explored the efficacy of collaborative practice in enhancing student engagement.