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The student engagement concept is very straightforward and almost self-evident; the more students participate in or perform an educationally purposeful activity, the more they generally gain. For example, the more students study a subject, the more they learn about it. However, explaining the research that underpins student engagement and the NSSE administration can be a bit more difficult. As a result, we are providing you with two versions of our NSSE informational video, both of which address these topics.
The short version of the video is about 4 minutes long and focuses on the importance of student engagement. The long version of the video, approximately 10 minutes in length, introduces the engagement concept, discusses details of NSSE, explains its administration procedures, and provides some examples of how campuses are using NSSE data in institutional improvement efforts. Both of these pieces include commentary from NSSE users and college and university faculty members. In addition, the videos include footage from institutions all over the country and provide a great deal of information in an enjoyable and easy-to-understand format.
The VHS tape only includes the long version of the informational video where the CD and DVD include both the short and long versions.
We hope that you will find the videos useful when making presentations on- or -ff-campus about your NSSE results and the concept of student engagement. Here are some ideas for using the video:
- As an introduction to presentations that report your NSSE results to faculty, staff, alumni and/or boards;
- As supplemental information for faculty of staff interested in learning more about student engagement;
- As an introduction to regional or national presentations on how your institution is using student engagement data;
- As supplemental information on a website about your institutional improvements efforts;
- As a professional development tool to elicit conversation on how to increase engagement on campus
As always, please contact us with any questions or if you need additional information about the video, receiving extra copies, or other matters related to the National Survey of Student Engagement.