BUILDING BELONGING DURING LOCKDOWN LEARNING: A WHOLE TEAM APPROACH
Event Type: Inclusiveness Meetup – #IBelong Multiplier Event
Date: 21.04.2021, Wednesday
Time: 10 – 4.00 BST / 11-5.00 CEST
Location: Online (link will be sent to registered participants ahead of the event). No registration fee.
Hosting institution: Edge Hill University, United Kingdom
Belonging underpins student success. The #Ibelong project sought to develop an evidence-informed suite of activities to improve the belonging and success of students from a migrant background (including, but not limited to first generation entrants and ethnic minorities) in their HE programmes.
Students’ sense of belonging is nurtured through their course of study, and is developed, in part, through interactions with peers and staff. It is strongly connected to physical space: the place where learning occurs. Nurturing belonging is challenging when learning is shifted fully or partially online, and it requires the engagement of the full team.
The #Ibelong programme developed a suite of interventions that operate at course level, engaging first year students, course mentors and the staff team to improve belonging and success. Activities included dialogue about diversity, belonging and success; staff engagement with and reflection on diversity, and changes to practice; and course-based mentors building a community.
Lockdown learning meant activities had to be adapted and delivered online.
This one-day online event will:
- Share details of the interventions developed and how they were adapted to online and blended delivery.
- Examine the importance of working as a course team: students, mentors, programme leaders, teaching staff and managers.
- Identify the critical success factors that contributed to a sense of belonging online.
- Provide experience of some of the activities that were adapted and delivered online.
Detailed description of parallel sessions will be posted on this page end of March.