Video Interviews to Improve Sense of Belonging of ODL Students

Huser, C. and Jamieson, S. (2018) Video Interviews to Improve Sense of Belonging of ODL Students. 11th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 28-29 Mar 2018.

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Abstract

The Health Professions Education (HPE) programme was one of the University of Glasgow’s first fully Online-Distance-Learning (ODL) programmes. In recognition of the fact that our students generally have full-time clinical jobs, in which they are likely to be working shifts, and also that they are located across a variety of time zones, the main methods of teaching are the use of interactive Articulate Storyline sessions and asynchronous discussion forums. One potential issue with asynchronous learning is that students may fail to develop a ‘sense of belonging’. Trujillo & Tanner (2017) define this as “acquiring a feeling of being part of a community” (p.10), and Moller (1998) stresses the importance of designing communities of learners in the asynchronous environment. Brown (2001) has shown that community-building is possible in asynchronous discussion forums, but in order to improve HPE students’ sense of belonging to the programme and also to the wider community in the University of Glasgow, we created over 60 individual video interviews with members of faculty, illustrating how they apply the theories discussed in the interactive learning sessions. A next step would be to formally evaluate our learners’ sense of belonging /community, and their perceptions about the contribution made by the video interviews. The strategy of using video interviews is applicable to any ODL or campus-based blended programme.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jamieson, Professor Susan and Huser, Dr Camille
Authors: Huser, C., and Jamieson, S.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
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