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Engagement - Student engagement research tells us students are more likely to persist, and to improve their academic performance, when the institution supports learning through enhanced and integrated relationships with peers, academics, student services and the broad intellectual and social domains of university life.


Research articles

Australian Council of Educational Research. (2009). Doing more for learning: Enhancing engagement and outcomes. AUSSE Australasian Student Engagement Report.

Australian Council of Educational Research. (2010). Getting first-year students engaged. AUSSE Research Briefing, 6.

Fuller, M. B., Wilson, M. A., & Tobin, R. M. (2010). The national survey of student engagement as a predictor of undergraduate GPA: a cross‐sectional and longitudinal examination. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 36(6), 735-748. doi: 10.1080/02602938.2010.488791

Kift, Sally M. (2008) The next, great first year challenge: Sustaining, coordinating and embedding coherent institution–wide approaches to enact the FYE as "everybody’s business". In 11th International Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, An Apple for the Learner: Celebrating the First Year Experience, 30 June - 2 July 2008, Hobart.

Kift, Sally M. and Field, Rachael M. (2009). Intentional first year curriculum design as a means of facilitating student engagement: some exemplars. In Proceedings of the 12th International Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference. Preparing for tomorrow today, Townsville, Australia. Retrieved from

Krause, K. (2006). On Being Strategic About the First Year. Keynote presentation, QUT First Year Forum. 5 October, 2006.

Krause, K. (2006). Making connections in the first year: The key to success in an age of unreason. Nineteenth International Conference on The First-Year Experience, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 24-27, 2006.

Krause, K. (2007). New Perspectives on Engaging First Year Students in Learning. Brisbane: Griffith Institute for Higher Education.

Krause, K-L., & Coates, H. (2008). Students’ engagement in first-year university. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 33(5),

Krause, K. & McEwen, C. (2009). Engaging and retaining students online: A case study. Paper presented at the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference. Darwin, Australia. 6-9 July, 2009.

Nelson, Karen J., Quinn, Carole, Marrington, Andrew, & Clarke, John A. (2011). Good practice for enhancing the engagement and success of commencing students. Higher Education, 63(1), 83-96.

Radloff, A. (2011). Student Engagement in New Zealand’s universities. Australian Council for Educational Research.

Thomas, L. (2012)  Building student engagement and belonging in higher education at a time of change. The Higher Education Academy.  Retrieved from

Wilson, K. (2009). The impact of institutional, programmatic and personal interventions on an effective and sustainable first-year student experience. In: 12th First Year in Higher Education Conference 2009, Townsville.

Zepke, N. (2011). Understanding teaching, motivation and external influences in student engagement: How can complexity thinking help? Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 16(1), 1-13.


Practical tips

Enhancing student engagement in the first year: 10 strategies for success.

First Year: Engagement and Empowerment– Part of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the UK, the page links to papers on first year engagement and empowerment.

University of Washington Engaging Students in Learning - Center for Teaching and Learning provides 7 techniques for engaging students in the learning process including flipped classrooms, inclusive teaching strategies, active learning, dynamic discussions, teaching with technology.


Learning Communities

Jones, P. R., Laufgraben, J. L., & Morris, N. (2006). Developing an empirically based typology of attitudes of entering students toward participation in learning communities. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 31(3), 249-265. doi: 10.1080/02602930500352766

McGowan, W. S., & Partridge, L. (2013). Student Engagement and Making Community Happen. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-18. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00815.x

Orsmond, P., Merry, S., & Callaghan, A. (2011). Communities of practice and ways to learning: charting the progress of biology undergraduates. Studies in Higher Education, 38(6), 890-906. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2011.606364



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