Campus Alive!: A project to explore student attitudes to campus life

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Faculty of Business and Public Management


School of Marketing, Tourism and Leisure




James, K., & Colyer, S. (2001). Campus Alive! A project to explore student attitudes to campus life. In proceedings of 2001 teaching and learning forum: new horizons in university teaching and learning: Responding to change. Perth, Western Australia: Curtin University


The absence of student life on Joondalup Campus of Edith Cowan University prompted an application for a University under-$3000 Teaching and Learning grant. It was used to investigate student involvement in on-campus activities and to initiate a student learning project to provide activities to make campus life more attractive. The assumption underlying the project was that a positive social environment would support student learning and could reduce attrition. Five hundred students from first year units across disciplines were surveyed about their recreational and social life on campus and their familiarity with the extra-curricular facilities. Students were asked what activities they would like to participate in on-campus and suggestions to improve campus life. The second part of the project involved Leisure Sciences students in planning and conducting activities on campus, as part of their professional industry practice for their course. Third year Leisure students conducted the activities, supervised by a recent Masters graduate as a research assistant/student coordinator. This truly student oriented project integrates research and work-based learning.