Results of the survey of CRUCH university students give an account of their training experience during the pandemic

East Wednesday, August 11 between 10:30 and 12:30 will be announced lThe results of the National Survey of Student Engagement, ENCE, corresponding to the 2020 application to students of various careers from 11 universities of the Council of Rectors. The academic from the Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, Edith Braun, will participate in the activity.

ENCE 2020 included 7 questions specifically aimed at students to report on how their training had been marked by the experiences of quarantine, social distancing and virtualization of training activities.

In the webinar "University Student Experience in times of COVID: Effects and Projections", which will take place this Wednesday, August 11 between 10:30 and 12:30 hours electronically, the results of the third application of the National Survey of Student Engagement (ENCE).

In relation to previous applications, the 2020 version of the survey includes a set of items that aim to highlight the exceptional circumstances in which the training processes have been developed. For this reason, the results of this last application are particularly interesting: they offer a panoramic perspective on the virtualization of training processes, the experiences of quarantine and social distancing and their impact on the learning experiences of students.

In this regard, the director of the ENCE Project and academic from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Gonzalo Zapata, pointed out that the information collected by the survey allows a vivid characterization of the student experience, especially within the current context of a pandemic. “Students and academics have had a particularly difficult experience during this period. They have had to adapt to a very stressful scenario, which has required a good deal of additional work but has also given rise to new forms of collaboration. " He adds that "the new information available will allow universities to review their training processes and their support mechanisms for students, in order to achieve better learning and offer a fuller educational experience, in a framework of many restrictions and limitations."

Webinar with international guest

The results of this third application of ENCE correspond to the application of the 2020 survey, whose sample contains responses from 11,037 students from various careers from eleven universities of the Council of Rectors who participate in ENCE, 6,911 of which correspond to the 2020 cohort. and 4,126 to the 2017 cohort.

The main results will be presented and analyzed by ENCE researchers, Gonzalo Zapata, from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; and José Miguel Salazar, from the University of Valparaíso. In addition, Edith Braun, an academic from Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, will comment on the results from an international perspective.

On the other hand, the rector of the Catholic University of Temuco, Dr. Aliro Bórquez, will be in charge of inaugurating the academic activity, and the General Secretary of the Council of Rectors, Dr. María Elena González, will comment on the main conclusions.

The activity will be transmitted through the following link:

 ENCE 2020

The institutions of the Council of Rectors that participated in ENCE 2020 were the following: U. de Chile; Pontificia U. Católica de Chile; U. of Talca; U. de La Frontera; U. of Valparaíso; U. de Playa Ancha of Education Sciences; U. Católica de Temuco; U. Católica de la Santísima Concepción; U. Arturo Prat; U. de Aysén; and U. Tecnológica Metropolitana.

In this version, the survey included 109 items, which were organized in 8 dimensions: Higher Order Learning, Student-Teacher Interaction, Effective Teaching Practices, Learning Strategies, Quality of Interactions, Interactions in a Diversity Framework, Institutional Support, and Academic Effort (the latter at the pilot level). The instrument also collected perceptions of the students regarding the time dedication, their workload, the achievement of competences, perspectives upon graduation and expectations about the university experience. In turn, it collected information to detect the presence of high-impact practices that, according to specialized literature, strongly affects the educational experience of students.

An important characteristic of ENCE is that it allows each university to contrast its results with those obtained by the other institutions that participate in its application, thus contributing to a better understanding and contextualization of the results obtained.