Would you like to join a global HE community to share ideas, access the latest research, find solutions, meet new people and collaborate on innovative and exciting projects? *
By joining our new global Community of Practice on Access, Retention, Attainment and Progression, you can help to shape best practice and share ideas to support both staff and students.
We know this is a big task, but we are aiming to support and facilitate discussions on topics of all types that fit within this community and extend to others. We also want to encourage members to contribute in other community areas such Flexible Learning and the Employability.
The issues around retention in HE aren’t just about understanding why students drop out. Our collaboration on the What Works research with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation explored the UK’s approach to addressing retention. We now need to continue to explore these issues further, by creating this Community of Practice to share ideas and exchange knowledge.
Through a series of webinars, blog posts, case studies and contributions by an expert panel, we want colleagues to use the platform as a way of sharing best practice and seeking help, advice and support.
We recently completed two collaborative retention projects working with 26 institutions exploring their issues around access, retention, attainment and progression.
The major themes that came out of these projects were:
- the importance of personal tutoring
- the need for systems to support student engagement and attendance
- mental health and wellbeing for students and staff
- supporting staff–student boundaries in a digital world
- student co-creation of their learning in assessment design
- peer support networks
As well as these issues around student support, another major area of concern was the reluctance of many staff in institutions to embrace new technology in order to engage students in teaching and learning.
Eric Stoller often advises that we need to do more around digital pedagogies, which can be used for teaching and learning, professional development and for building communities of practice. Vice-Chancellor Liz Barnes at Staffordshire University is leading the call for all staff to use social media. HEI staff owe it to themselves to keep up with the times, and this new CoP can enable us all to do this.
So do join us, and share this widely with colleagues so that together, we can build a new global community for everyone working in HE around the world.
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HEA Academic Lead for Retention
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