Monday 30 March: Student Engagement Day

This Thursday 2 April is Student Engagement Day. You will be asked to engage in a scheduled online activity associated with each course you're enrolled in.

This is a message from Professor Stuart Brock, Vice-Provost (Academic)

This Thursday 2 April is Student Engagement Day at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, which means you will be asked to engage in a formally scheduled online activity associated with each course you are enrolled in.  The activity should take no longer than 20 minutes per course.  If possible, please engage with the activity using a computer rather than a mobile device, as this will allow us to assess our capacity to give you the best learning experience.

By Wednesday, course coordinators will have posted an announcement on Blackboard (or their alternative learning platform) informing you of when the activity is scheduled and what it is.  You will need to check all of your Blackboard courses to find out when and how to engage online.  If you are unable to engage on Thursday, let your lecturer know why. You should prioritise lectures and seminars over labs and tutorials if there is a clash.

The main purpose of the Student Engagement Day is to get a sense of how many of you can engage online. If you can’t, we want to know why, so we can help you. It is also an opportunity for course coordinators to outline their engagement expectations for the rest of the trimester. This is really important if you are to make the most of the nine weeks of continuous online teaching after the break.

Postgraduate research students are encouraged to engage in other kinds of activity arranged by their supervisors or research teams.

If you cannot access a computer or suitable device, please register by email ( or by phone (0800 04 04 04) through the University Contact Centre by Monday 6 April in order to access University support.

You can find more information about the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on our website:

Thursday is a day to connect with your whānau at the University.  Make the most of it!