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Queen's University


Keynote: Are your Students Engaged?

With Rick Nigol, eLearn Campus
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Dunning Hall, Auditorium

There has been a great deal of focus in higher education recently on the issue of student engagement, the degree to which students are truly motivated by and engaged in their studies. In fact, Queen’s has been using a variant of an instrument called CLASSE (Classroom Survey of Student Engagement) to measure various facets of student engagement in recently redesigned large-enrolment courses.

But what exactly is “engagement?” Why is it important? How do we know if our students are engaged or not? And, most importantly, how can we actively design and conduct our courses – whether in-class, online, or blended – in such a way as to foster genuine learner engagement?

This interactive one-hour session will attempt to answer these questions, using specific examples from Queen’s courses.


Rick Nigol has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of higher education and adult learning. He worked at the University of Guelph for 16 years, most recently as Manager of Distance Education. For the past 11 years, Rick has been the Co-founder & Senior Consultant for eLearn Campus, a full-service eLearning company serving the higher education, corporate, non-profit sectors. He has worked closely with Queen’s Continuing and Distance Studies (CDS) for the past few years, particularly on Course Redesign Project initiatives. Rick’s ties to Queen’s go back very far; he is also a graduate (MA in Political Studies, 1985).

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