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Engagement is becoming increasingly important for understanding student requirements whilst they study at your institute. It means that universities must pay closer attention to the levels of engagement that their students contribute.


With universities growing in population according Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) as they stated over 100,000 more total students from 2020/2021 to 2021/2022. This means that staff have an increased pressure of looking after more students to educate. Institutions have to implement solutions for monitoring engagement levels to smoothen the intake of the increased number of students.

Online Learning

There is a reduced cost for universities by implementing online learning which also caters for the rise in cost of living. Students have had to take on extra part time work to tackle issues with cost of living. For universities this means that on-campus attendance is not feasible for all students, using this logic it seems that online education must be introduced for students. Universities are adapting to a blended learning strategy to prevent student attrition rates rising. Facilitating your students to learn in their most comfortable manner is important, by blending both online and on-campus learning it allows students to plan around education.

A female student learning online whilst at home.

How is it helping?

SEAtS are providing solutions for student education management. One of our customers who are implementing our strategy of using online learning channels to improve engagement is Kingston University London (KUL). In 2017 KUL looked to track student engagement online which proved to be a very useful tool. Using online learning institutions are developing students at a more successful rate. There is an opportunity for institutions to use SEAtS to introduce online education in a more accessible way. Following KUL onboarding our platform they have improved to being able to provide more proactive support for all their students.

“Kingston University London have contacted over 400 unique students with over 12,000 emails in 2021/22.”

Jane HargreavesStudent Systems and Engagement Manager
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Key points on Online Education

  • eLearning has a massive growth of 900% since 2000
  • Online Education takes 40-60% less time than traditional education
  • The completion rate for online courses is 72%
  • Online Learning can increase student retention rates by 25-60%
  • Online education produces 85% less Co2 emissions and consumes 90% less energy overall

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These are useful insights for universities to increase student retention and provide campus sustainability. The education sector is changing and we all must be ready to adapt to the digital shift in education.