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The importance of trust in nurturing student engagement online

Type of Publication: Feature article

Lead Organisation: Murdoch University

Year Published: 2022

Lead Researcher: Dr Rebecca Bennett

Written by Rebecca Bennett1, Cathy Stone2 & Ameena L. Payne3

Positive relationships between students and instructors are crucial to meeting students’ academic and socio-emotional needs as outlined by the American Psychological Association (APA). As university educators, we contend that trust is an essential ingredient in these relationships. While teaching is inherently relational, we argue that models of “good teaching” must include trust to acknowledge that learning is not simply a cognitive process; it has affective elements. Evidence from student perspectives suggests that, for them, “good teachers” show attention, affection, and appreciation as part of the teaching process. If a student trusts that their teacher is engaged in and cares about their learning journey, as a unique individual, they are more likely to meet their academic goals.

Read the full article here: The importance of trust in nurturing student engagement online

1Murdoch University


3Deakin University

Posted 5 May 2022