Inspiration day on Student Engagement

Inspiration day on Student Engagement

at Aarhus BSS

For all lecturers and directors of studies at Aarhus BSS

22. september 2016

Description and purpose

Each semester, lecturers invest time and energy in delivering the best possible teaching to students at Aarhus BSS. But the quality of the teaching does not depend on the lecturer's efforts alone. It depends just as much on the students' willingness to get involved during and outside of lessons. Put simply: The better the students are prepared, the better the quality of the teaching will be.

However, student engagement varies considerably between students and across courses. The theme of the inspiration day is therefore:

How do we best support student preparation?

The event offers presentations from lecturers at the departments, joint discussion of key topics and dilemmas, brief presentations based on knowledge of BSS students' study behaviour, and experience sharing. There will therefore be lots of opportunities to discuss problems and possible solutions related to student engagement, and to learn from other lecturers' initiatives.


1 The inspiration day will be held in Danish, but track 1 will be conducted in English if the registered participants so wish.  

Description of tracks and speakers

Track 1

Student work between lessons

  • Lars Skipper (ECON): The presentation is based on an intense, interdisciplinary learning process for economics and political science students with alternating classroom instruction and role play. Between lessons, students work hard doing consultancy work for real customers/sponsors.

Preparation on Blackboard

  • Thomas Preetzmann (MGMT): A blended learning model will be presented which has been tested in a subject on the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (HD) programme. In preparation for each lesson, students go through a learning module comprising (1) reading material, (2) a video and (3) a test.

Wiki and discussionboard

Mia O’Toole and Mimi Mehlsen (PSY): Teaching experiences will be presented from Psychology courses which have focused on (a) getting students to spend more time on preparation, (b) getting students to work more actively with reading material and (c) achieving specific benefits from student preparation. Students have produced text in a wiki and presented draft problem statements in a discussion forum, among other activities.

Track 2

Questions as repetition and preparation

  • Camilla Hammerum (JUR): In her Master's subject, Criminal Procedure, Camilla has worked at increasing preparation and student engagement by preparing about 30 questions for each lesson, which the students work on between lessons. The questions relate to the syllabus of the preceding lesson and are reviewed as a group in the first hour of the following lesson. The aim is for students to practice expressing themselves orally, work with the syllabus between lessons and become better equipped for the oral examination. It is also assumed that having the students work with the same material three times in eight days improves learning.

Team-based learning

  • Tina Magaard (BTECH): Tina has used Dee Fink and team-based learning in her teaching in various subjects in three courses. Students are activated by making them responsible in groups for presenting parts of the syllabus during each lesson and giving each other feedback. This creates an incentive to prepare, as the students are dependent on each other.

Assignment as "admission ticket"

  • Jacob Arnbjerg (ASE). Jacob teaches engineering students in the Statistics and Experimental Design course. To counter problems of free riding and lack of preparation, Jacob has adopted an 'admission ticket' model. Students are set minor assignments related to the previous section each time. Students work on these assignments at the beginning of the lesson, and submit one copy to the lecturer. The assignments are the students' admission ticket to the lesson – in principle, no ticket means no lesson.

Track 3

Feedback from fellow students

  • Lone K. Hansen (IKK): In connection with the BA in Digital Design (Arts) and other programmes, Lone has used the principle that in order to attend the lessons, students must submit something in writing most weeks which is relevant to their work on the Bachelor's project. The focus of the lesson is feedback from fellow students on the various written contributions.

Strengthening student engagement

  • Kristine R. Thomsen (CRF): Teaching experiences from a seminar in Psychology will be presented, where the goals have been to (a) guide the students in their preparation, (b) activate the students more in the teaching, and (c) integrate the examination project into the teaching. As a part of the students' preparation, they are required to produce written assignments during the lessons. 

Increasing student motivation

  • Anna K. Kjeldsen (BCOM): Anna Karina teaches students in subjects such as External Communication, Analysis of Company Communication and Corporate Communication in Cultural Institutions. She has been continually experimenting with ways to motivate preparation in recent years, such as by restructuring the subjects and making use of student presentations, wikis, rubrics and peer feedback.

General information

  • Venue: Studenternes Hus, Frederik Nielsensvej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C
  • Price: Free of charge 
  • Seats: Limited number of seats which are allocated on a first come, first served basis
  • Language: Danish and English

Event organisors


Questions regarding content:

  • Kim Jesper Hermann

Questions regarding practical matters:

  • Secretary Julie Lykke Facius, mail:, tlf.: 871 66029

Questions regarding communication:

  • Mette Kastberg Lillemose, mail: tlf.: 871 64731


  • Aarhus BSS.

Date and registration




Registration deadline: 12 September 2016


Invitation letter will be send to all teaching and management staff in week 32.

Read the invitation letter.

Target group

  • All teaching and management staff at Aarhus BSS.