About this Webinar
Supporting student wellbeing through nurturing student motivation in our learning environments
Wednesday 5 May 2021, 13.00-14.30
Student wellbeing is connected to many critical outcomes in the Higher Education sector, such as retention, academic progression, and student satisfaction. Drawing on the Student Experience Transition (SET) model, National Student Survey research, and scholarship on virtual instructional design, Dr Crystal Tsay approaches student wellbeing from the perspective of learner experience, and in turn focuses on connecting virtual classroom sessions with other learning and co-curricular activities, to motivate learner engagement and participation, resulting in higher levels of engagement and satisfaction.
In this seminar, Crystal will share professional reflections and practical examples of developing learner experience approaches, particularly in shaping virtual learning environments. This will include reflecting on her experience of running virtual classrooms at scale including as the module leader of Managing Across Cultures, a postgraduate level 7 module delivered to one of the largest programmes at the University of Greenwich. She will also outline a programme ‘team’ approach focused on integrating different types of student support provision from across the University, and creating opportunities for purposeful and connected activities that supporting cohesion, engagement and satisfaction.
Dr Crystal Tsay is an Associate Professor of Management (Teaching & Education), Business Faculty, University of Greenwich. She is also a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, programme leader for BA (Hons) Human Resource Management and module leader for postgraduate module, Managing Across Cultures. Based on her two research agendas - motivational virtual learning environment (VLE) design and cross-cultural management education - Crystal has led several award-winning teaching-enhancement projects. In 2018-19, Crystal led a project funded by the UK Council for International Student Affairs to support the development of psychological and social capital for Chinese Direct Entry students for which her team was highly commended in the Paul Webley Innovation for International Education Award. In addition, Crystal’s work on gamification in virtual learning environments provided the University of Greenwich with evidence-based recommendations that were implemented on Personal and Professional Development modules. She won the UoG Excellence in Pedagogical Research Award in 2019. Crystal has been nominated for several Greenwich Student Union (GSU) Student Led Teaching Awards since 2018 and shortlisted for Supervisor of the Year award in 2021.
The 90 minute format will include: up to 60 minutes seminar and Q&A up to 30 minutes facilitated discussion/ activity.
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