Solidarity and Student Engagement: A case study of academic social projects during COVID-19

Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Modern Research in Education, Teaching and Learning

Year: 2022



Solidarity and Student Engagement: A case study of academic social projects during COVID-19

Vinnicius Dordenoni Pizzol, Flávio Henrique Batista de Souza



Challenges to maintain the engagement and quality of Brazilian education were seriously exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. A question became relevant: would it be possible that projects, even with the distance of students, could maintain engagement and still contribute to society? The main objective of this research is to demonstrate a case study in a university in Belo Horizonte (a city with more than 3 million inhabitants) of two academic projects, which not only promoted the concentration of efforts of the participating students, but brought social results both for disseminating quality knowledge to society as well as social actions with media repercussions. The projects “Liga de Inventores” (development of inclusive games for children with special needs and elderly people) and “Transferência de Conhecimento” (content platform with knowledge generated on a scientific basis, with technical and social themes: from equipment maintenance to lectures on social issues such as: violence against women and discrimination), were developed during the years 2020 (second semester) and 2021, with the participation of more than 70 students per semester, totaling the participation of more than 180 students, resulted in different types of results, such as: inclusive games that were delivered to needy institutions, a content platform with more than 20 social and technical themes, 3 media repercussions and an award, two honorable mention awards in a higher education company with more than 300 thousand students and 27 associated institutions.

keywords: Engagement, Teaching, COVID-19, Inclusive Games, Content Platform.