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Research Seminar Series - Evaluation of student engagement by aligning curriculum using a Constructive Alignment Framework: an action research approach

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START DATE 05 December 2018

Middlesex University Dubai, Oasis Theatre

END DATE 05 December 2018

We are pleased to invite you to Wednesday Research Seminar. It will be held on December 5th  from 4pm, at Middlesex University Dubai in the Oasis Theatre, Block 16, Knowledge Park. The Wednesday Research Seminar Series was launched in 2008, and has featured more than 235 presentations to date. The seminars provide a forum for researchers to share their work. Presenters include faculty from Middlesex University Dubai and other universities in the United Arab Emirates, as well as researchers from other global institutions. Ms Shanthi Rajan will deliver seminar on:

Evaluation of student engagement by aligning curriculum using a Constructive Alignment Framework: an action research approach

Shanthi Rajan


Research in academia identifies the importance of Student Engagement (SE) with regards to student success and their overall academic achievements. Teachers and learners come to the classroom with certain expectations and when these expectations diverge there is a likelihood of disappointment and demotivation resulting in non-engagement. The reasons attributed to SE differs in different contexts, viz qualities of teaching, the way the curriculum is designed, learners’ lacking skills, prior knowledge, and inappropriate teaching content. In order to create positive engagement it is imperative to focus on examining the student-teacher relationship as well as the learning environment that can promote and or hinder student engagement. Curriculum and instructional design plays a significant role allowing learners’ construct meaning to what they learn and its impact on student performance. Using action learning, this action research (AR) project evaluates SE of a HE4 year 1 business management cohort by aligning teaching and learning activities using a constructive alignment framework. The research findings helped the researcher evaluate SE by aligning these aspects and introduced best practices to create academically competent students.


Shanthi Rajan is a senior HR professional with 17 years of HR corporate experience. She has worked predominantly in MNCs handling senior HR roles. She moved to academia in 2009 and is currently teaching as a visiting faculty at  Middlesex University and University of Stirling. She also works in the capacity as an adjunct visiting faculty at the University of Bolton’s campuses in Ras Al Khaimah and Vietnam. Her core areas of specialization includes Strategic Human Resources Management, Strategic Change Management, and Organizational Behavior. She is an affiliate member of CILT (UK) and also a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. She holds a Master’s degree (specialization in Strategic Human Resources Management) from the University of Wollongong, and is currently pursuing her doctoral studies from University of Bolton. Her research interests include OB, HRM, and Emotional Intelligence.

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