Student support initiative in the Medical School

by Dr. Peter Leadbetter.

With the FY for Medicine we have incorporated a new student support system (and have written an SOP) to support students.  

We also have provided links to key student support services offered by the University (for examples please get in touch)

Given that staff only have 3 FY students as personal-tutees (well for this course anyway) we have a system where PAT’s (Personal Academic Tutors) contact their students directly each week to see if they are managing academically and personally. This is then mapped to course attendance/engagement reports that course leads (me) download each week related to slides/resources/collaborate. If students have not been engaging contact is made and support offered (this may also include lodging a formal “cause for concern” form). 

With the FY students all previously timetabled sessions have been delivered online to date and online delivery is until early June. Although the format varies for each session, it is typically a flipped classroom approach where slides/resources are put on Blackboard prior to the session. Students go through these prior to meeting for an hour via collaborate (for each 3 hour session) to discuss content, issues and ask questions.

For more information or accompanying documentation please contact Dr Peter Leadbetter or Jayne Garner.

Supporting students in AHSC

In this case study Hazel Flight, AHSC within the FOHSC explains how they are working to ensure effective student communications.

“We are using collaborate, not just to teach, but to have catch ups.  I have a weekly catch up with each year group. This is optional for the students to attend, and give me the opportunity to check on how they are doing. Importantly it is not a teaching session, but a time when they can see each other, virtually, and ask any questions or raise any concerns”.

She continues: “As from this week I will be holding these monthly throughout the summer, for all three year groups”.

In addition “Most of us have also set up microsoft teams and so students can have the option of meeting up on line, a phone call or email contact”.  

For more information please contact Hazel: Flighth@edgehill.ac.uk

Flexible, Open and Social Learning: A cross-boundary professional development course

A warm welcome to #FOS201 and please come and join us!

We are back! Are you ready for 10 days of cross-institutional development to explore flexible, open and social learning together?

Dear colleagues and friends,

A warm welcome to FOS, the open cross-institutional course for professionals in Higher Education who teach or support learning and students who are interested in learning with others  from around the world about flexible, open and social learning together. The areas we would like to explore together are:

  • Digital literacies
  • Flexible pedagogies
  • Supporting learning
  • Communities and collaboration
  • Open education

The first three days will have a focus on getting to know each other and find out a little bit more about the course by clicking here: https://foslearning.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/a-warm-welcome-to-fos201-are-you-ready/  

The team will share regular course updates on their website and on Twitter @fos4l (using the hashtag #FOS201).

Click here to find out more about The #FOS201 team.

Personal Tutoring Online

Enhanced guidance to support colleagues in tutoring online will be available during the University Learning and Teaching Day. However in advance, and in addition to the existing Staff and Student Guides, University guidance and training resources and materials, you may find these link helpful:

Effective Personal Tutoring in HE is a comprehensive text that explores the core values, skills and a curriculum of Personal Tutoring, as well as providing a Personal Tutor Self Assessment system (at both individual and institutional level: https://www.criticalpublishing.com/effective-personal-tutoring-in-higher-education

An online assessment tool to accompany the text can be accessed here: https://andrewstork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Institutional-SAS.pdf

Also, for further support please view UKAT’s Professional Framework that focus on personal tutoring but are applicable to wider student support.

The Student Engagement team take UniSkills online!

UniSkills provides a wide range of support designed to help students develop their academic skills and confidence at University and beyond. The Student Engagement team (part of Library and Learning Services) are committed to continuing our support during this uncertain time, albeit in a slightly different way.

The team are currently working from home at various locations across the North West (from Ormskirk to Hebdon Bridge!) but continue to provide 1-2-1 appointments, UniSkills workshops (now webinars) and embedded classroom sessions.

UniSkills workshops

We know our popular UniSkills workshops are valued by students across all years of study to help them find high-quality academic information online and develop their academic writing and referencing skills. We are now delivering these workshops as webinars via Blackboard Collaborate. Find out more on our UniSkills webpages.

1-2-1 appointments

Our 1-2-1 appointments remain in high demand and support is now also offered via Blackboard Collaborate. Once students have booked a 1-2-1 appointment in the usual way we will send them all the information they need to join the appointment online. Whilst it’s not the same as a face to face appointment, students have found them beneficial so far and we can provide lots of advice and guidance on all aspects of producing University assignments.

Embedded sessions/online content

The Student Engagement team are also available to join you within your online classroom environment or we can provide digital materials that you can share with students and/or host in Blackboard. Just email uniskills@edgehill.ac.uk to discuss your requirements.

We also have a wide range of online support and information available 24/7 on the UniSkills webpages, and students can also access this information via their ‘My Library’ tab in Blackboard.

If you have any questions or queries about how we can support your students with their academic skills during this period please do get in touch.