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SERGE Symposium 2018

Thursday 28 June


All symposium events will be held in the Otago Business School, room OBS117.


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8.45 - 9am Registration
9 - 9.15am


Professor Robin Gauld, PVC, Division of Commerce, University of Otago

9.15 - 10am


Professor Catriona Paisey, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Student engagement: the view from the UK.

10 - 10.20am

From cohorts to the classroom: multi-level strategies for engaging students.

Tony Zaharic

10.20 - 10.45am Morning tea
10.45 - 12:15pm

Research Showcase session

Focused on projects which are developed past data collection stage

  • Dr Lincoln Wood: Benefits of mobile apps to improve first-year student engagement.
  • Dr Megan Anakin: Student engagement and interprofessional learning in physiotherapy and medicine.
  • Dr David Berg: Empowering learners by scaffolding metacognition.
  • Zoe Bristowe: Beyond ‘Participation:’ Māori Student Success in Health Sciences Study.
  • Dr Sara Walton: Building authenticity and relevance for sustainability education.
  • Dr Steve Scott: Who are our first-year students and what does this mean for their early engagement.
12:15 - 1pm Lunch
1 - 2:40pm

Research Incubator session

Focused on developing research ideas

  • Scott Copeland: Establishing Teamwork in a Digital/Blended Learning Space.
  • Indira Venkatraman: Pedagogical Relationships in Research Supervision and Candidacy – An Autoethnographic Approach.
  • Dr Mathew Parackal: An investigation into non-attendance at lectures, University of Otago.
  • Ciara Lee: The impact of uncertainty on student engagement.
  • Virginia Cathro: Student Engagement within the offering of a degree program of international business: Do efforts to creating a connected cohort impact upon student satisfaction, engagement and success?
  • Dr Sarah Carr: The second year slump.
  • Nicola Beatson: Networking and collaboration.
2:45 - 3.30pm


Professor Jeffrey Smith, College of Education, University of Otago

Student motivation: They really oughta wanna.

3.30 - 3.45pm

Student engagement research: what next?

Nicola Beatson and Dr Sarah Carr

3:45 - 4pm Afternoon tea

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