What is LSSE?


The Lecturer Survey of Student Engagement (LSSE) measures lecturer expectations regarding student engagement in educational practices that are empirically linked with high levels of learning development.

LSSE is intended to complement the SASSE, and measures the degree to which staff members are involved and invested in understanding student populations of first-years at the university.

The survey collects information on how lecturers spend their time on professional activities, such as teaching and research, and the kinds of learning experiences their institutions emphasise.

LSSE results can be used to identify areas of institutional strength and aspects of the undergraduate experience that may warrant attention, and can be incorporated into student engagement results to create a greater understanding of the impact lecturer activities have on student learning and involvement. The information is intended to serve as catalyst for discussions related to teaching, learning, and the quality of students’ educational experiences.

Why should institutions participate?


The LSSE provides extremely valuable information on what staff think is important in teaching and learning, as well as information on how lecturers’ perspectives agree and disagree with those of students. The data from the LSSE can be used for,

  • Staff development programmes;
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) initiatives;
  • Assessment and improvement;
  • Institutional research; and
  • Curriculum reform.
The information generated from the LSSE provides additional results, which, when used to substantiate SASSE results, could lead to an improved understanding of student engagement at institutions. LSSE results can be used to identify areas of institutional strength as well as aspects of the undergraduate experience that may warrant attention. The information is intended to be a catalyst for productive discussions related to teaching, learning and the quality of students’ educational experiences.

Quick facts about LSSE


LSSE focuses on:

  • How often staff use effective teaching strategies;
  • How much staff encourage students to collaborate;
  • The nature and frequency of staff-student interactions;
  • Opportunities for students to engage diverse perspectives;
  • The importance staff place on increasing institutional support for students;
  • The importance staff place on various areas of learning and development; and
  • How staff members organise their time, both in and out of the classroom.