How to stimulate students to play an active role in the academic community

In as little as five minutes we’ll give you three different ways to help you to stimulate your honors students to take up an active role in the academic community

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Being an active participant in the academic community can be a really good learning experience for your honors students although it is something not easily accomplished. This video is for teachers who would like to know what an impact it can have for students themselves to be active in the academic community and how you as a teacher can help your students to build their own (academic) community.

How do you get students to be active in the academic community? We’ll introduce you to three different ways of looking at this topic.

Firstly, by being active in the academic community, students can help you to broaden your academic network.

Secondly, when students design or make a product for other students to use, they are also actively involved in the academic community.

And thirdly, producing research data and therefore being able to help expand research knowledge is also a way for students to be active in the academic community. Tim, an honors alumni currently working on his PhD, will share his thoughts about the latter with you.

Questions for reflection

1. Do you see opportunities to let your students be more active in the academic community?

2. How do you support your students so that they can produce research results that can help the academic community?

3. How do you look for students who are engaged and enthusiastic to do something for the academic community?

University of Antwerp, Belgium

Tessa De Block – Academic staff member

Karuna Adhikari – Pharmaceutical Science PhD student, Honors Alumni

Tim Boogaerts – Pharmaceutical Science PhD student, Honors Alumni

Marleen Eyckmans – Quality assurance staff member

The video features:

Tessa De Block

Tim Boogaerts

Marleen Eyckmans

  • Wiegant et al, 2012: Team-Based Learning in Honors Science Education: The Benefit of Complex Writing Assignments (NCHC)

  • And similar in JEHC: Peeters & Wiegant, 2019

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