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Student Engagement during a Pandemic: Best Practices for Impactful Work

Student Engagement during a Pandemic: Foundations for Community Building

In March, EDLAB was honoured to host its third volume of the popular Student-Meet in collaboration with The Student Project Team. Reflective of the times, we chose to lay the focus of this volume on providing study organizations with the ideas and tools to keep their students’ Engagement during a Pandemic. 


The first part of this Student-Meet took place on a Wednesday night, March 3rd, under the name of Foundations for Community Building.The event began with a presentation on the theoretical framework on active student engagement by EDLAB’s very own Oscar van den Wijngaard who has devoted himself to studying this subject for the past years. Following the presentation, students were encourage to apply these specific concepts to reflect on and increase student engagement for their own study organizations. This process was facilitated by using a mixture of Zoom break-out rooms and Wooclap brainstorming, and was completed by a lively discussion as an entire group. In a closing round, the students remarked that they had learnt many useful tools and gathered inspiration to keep the members of their study organizations engaged during these difficult times. 


Furthermore, we are happy to report that over twenty students participated in this first part of the Student-Meet despite the online format and lack of pizza that is traditionally served at these events. If you are interested in attending an upcoming Student-Meet, then stay tuned: The planning of the next Student-Meet is already in the works!


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About the author:

Rahel Koch, Student editor

I’m currently pursuing a Liberal Arts & Science degree at the University College of Maastricht with a special interest in the Medical Humanities as well as Science & Technology Studies. The position of the student assistant at EDLAB allows me to gain a more practical understanding of how digital technologies enable us to connect and share meaningful ideas. I’m here to make EDLAB’s work more visible, be it through creating digital posters for our events or publishing blog updates on our latest research findings. 

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