NCI and NCI Students’ Union (NCISU) are participating in a National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) across 2016-17. Currently working alongside four other Irish HEIs (namely Cork Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, and Waterford Institute of Technology), a further dozen HEIs are due to join the project next academic year.
The NStEP programme is informed by the efforts of the ‘Working Group on Student Engagement in Irish Higher Education’, including Enhancing Student Engagement in Decision-Making and Embedding the Principles of Student Engagement which were published in April 2016. Within this context, student engagement is defined as the “investment of time, effort and other relevant resources by both students and their institutions intended to optimise the student experience and enhance the learning outcomes and development of students, and the performance and reputation of the institution”. (Trowler & Trowler, 2011)
The first two NStEP Working Group meetings involving all of the national participants were held in May and November 2016, with the next scheduled for April 2017, while the first two NCI-NCISU Institutional Implementation Group Meetings were held in June 2016 and January 2017 respectively. Facilitated by Eve Lewis (Director of sparqs) and Cat O’Driscoll (NStEP Programme Co-ordinator), NCI conducted its Strategic Analysis Workshop in November 2016, while NCISU hosted its first session as part of the National Student Training Programme in December 2016.
Ahead of its launch, the first year undergraduate, final year undergraduate and taught postgraduate students receiving survey invitations are also getting an ISSE 2017 pre-notification.
One of the reasons behind this pre-notification is to encourage people to ‘close the feedback loop’, thereby evidencing one of the survey’s slogans: “We’re Listening, We’re Learning”.
Learner feedback is used to inform NCI decision-making, with the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) 2016 – report tabled at Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee on 10 November 2016 and at Academic Council on 18 January 2017 exemplifying this effective practice; to read last year’s findings regarding NCI, click on irish-survey-of-student-engagement-2016-final-report.
NCI is participating in this year’s Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) between Monday, February 6th, and Sunday, February 26th, 2017.
We consistently receive a response rate of around 20%, which is slightly below the national average, so we would strongly encourage all of our first year undergraduate, final year undergraduate and taught postgraduate students receiving survey invitations to take part.
During the course of this three week survey, we’ll be promoting participation, as well as handing out various pieces of ISSE 2017 stash, from our stall in the NCI atrium outside Learning & Teaching. Why not call over to speak with us?
Further information regarding ISSE 2017 – as well as access to the survey itself – is available online at http://studentsurvey.ie/.
Run by Sinead O’Sullivan (QA Director) and Maurice FitzGerald (QA Officer), we will use this resource to share effective practices we encounter, to follow developments in the sector, and to signpost people to resources we develop.
We want this QA@NCI blog to act as an accessible and interactive Quality Assurance (QA) tool for staff and students at National College of Ireland (NCI), as well as allowing us to project our work to colleagues working in similar circumstances at other institutions or associated bodies.