A Whole-Institution Response: Learning and Researcher Development During a Pandemic

Boyle, J. , Ramsay, S. and Struan, A. (2021) A Whole-Institution Response: Learning and Researcher Development During a Pandemic. University of East London Learning & Teaching Symposium 2021, 16 Sep 2021.

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Engaging students in the development of their academic literacies and researcher skills requires that Learning Developers (LDs) and Researcher Developers (RD) place a strong emphasis on active, dynamic, collaborative and interactive pedagogies (Boyle et al., 2019; Struan, 2021). The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic caused a radical, immediate shift in LD and RD pedagogical practice; LDs and RDs became increasingly central in the sector’s response to student engagement, retention and success. This talk will analyse the response of the LD and RD departments within a Scottish Russell Group university. Utilising insights from almost twenty staff members across the two departments, the talk provides a reflection on the implementation of emergency approaches to student and researcher development. The two departments are responsible for the academic and research development of all students – from pre-entry to postgraduate research – across the institution (roughly 35,000 students in total). The talk will utilise models of effective online provision (Nordmann et al., 2020) to reflect on the successes, weaknesses, strengths and ongoing adaptations needed to enhance the student experience through, amongst other elements, addressing digital equity and online learning. We will contribute to the field by providing analysis of a whole-institution response to maintaining active student engagement through the emergency response to the pandemic.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Struan, Dr Andrew and Ramsay, Dr Scott and Boyle, Dr Jennifer
Authors: Boyle, J., Ramsay, S., and Struan, A.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
University Services > Student and Academic Services > Academic Services
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