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Developing a Sense of Belonging in online distance learning

Developing a Sense of Belonging in online distance learning
    • Purpose of this toolkit

      The toolkit is aimed at tutors and course teams who are interested in developing Sense of Belonging (SoB) for students engaged in online distance learning. It contains practical suggestions for online tutors about how to develop Sense of Belonging, opportunities to learn from others, a tool to help with evaluating and reflecting on Sense of Belonging and a short synthesis of relevant literature. 

      The toolkit was created by a project team comprising of staff from five higher education institutions in Scotland: the University of Dundee, Edinburgh Napier University, the Open University in Scotland, Queen Margaret University and the University of the Highland and Islands.  Funding for the work was provided by QAA Scotland as part of their Enhancement Theme Collaborative Cluster programme.

      Logos of participating organisations. QAA Scotland logo, Queen Margaret University, Open University in Scotland, UHI, Edinburgh Napier and  University of Dundee

    • Course learning outcomes

      Those who are new to sense of belonging should be able to:

      • Explain what it is and why it is important in higher education
      • Identify features that they could implement to promote sense of belonging online.

        Those online tutors who already promote aspects of sense of belonging should be able to:

      • Identify suggestions for enhancement of their present practice
          • Those with managerial responsibility for online learning should be able to:

          • Explain the importance of sense of belonging for retention and progression
          • Identify viable features that could enhance their current online provision
    Below is the course content. You can click on any section here and it will take you through to this section of the course.

    Course content

    • ExpandIntroduction

    • ExpandPractical Advice on Sense of Belonging

    • ExpandInstitutional Case Studies

    • ExpandA synthesis of key concepts and literature

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      Hilda Mulrooney

      Hilda Mulrooney11 August 2020 6:32

      Really helpful, lots of practical information backed up by the research literature.

      Sandra Dopico-Ardao

      Sandra Dopico-Ardao9 June 2020 10:34

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    • 5 hours study
    • Level 3: Advanced


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