A Whole of Institution Approach - What Does a Culture of Advising & Tutoring Really Involve?

Emily A McIntosh (Middlesex University)
Deeba Gallacher (Middlesex University)
Alex Chapman (Middlesex University)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

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Session Outline

Invariably, a tutoring or advising policy doesn't capture how to create a meaningful culture of tutoring within a university, one that is inclusive, collaborative, fosters student autonomy and success and supports colleagues to perform their tutoring and advising roles effectively. This presentation draws on the concept of a "whole of institution, whole of student" (Kift, 2015; Thomas 2018) approach and applies it to tutoring and advising. We will establish advising and tutoring as pedagogy, explore the underpinning principles of an impactful approach, provide examples of pan-institutional collaboration, showcase the development of a tutorial curriculum and the provide examples of the use of technology (both engagement dashboards and apps) as an underpinning feature of a healthy and functioning tutorial ecosystem. We will also highlight how equality, diversity and inclusion should be at the forefront of this approach, adopting the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) methodology. The session will offer a refreshed perspective on how to rally colleagues around a common agenda and explore some case studies where an appreciative approach to tutoring can prevail. We will engage attendees in a variety of ways with some interactive content and materials, and asking for audience involvement in various discussion materials.

This session addresses the following competencies of the UKAT Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring
C1 - Core values of academic advising and tutoring
I1 - HE Provider mission, vision, values, and culture
R5 - Promote student understanding of the logic and purpose of the curriculum