Building Student Confidence through Independent Learning

Michael Draper (Swansea University)
Alison C Braddock (Swansea University)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

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Session Outline

Swansea University has refocused personal tutoring as academic mentoring and has developed a University wide Student Life Network of professionally trained staff.

One aspect of academic mentoring is supporting an aptitude for independent learning by students. The presenter has developed in conjunction with Advance HE a toolkit for staff relating to directed independent learning. In the summer of of 2019 the presenter worked with students to frame this toolkit for the benefit of students which has been the subject of a submission to a peer reviewed International Journal. The presenter is also a consultant expert with the ETINED platform of the Council of Europe currently involved in drafting a Policy Framework around Ethics Transparency and Integrity in Education. There is a link between ethical behaviour, independent learning and academic mentoring. Attendees will learn about the development of the staff/student toolkit and and how this and the development of ethical behaviours may be usefully incorporated into personal tutoring and academic mentoring . Time for questions will be given at the end of the paper.

This session addresses the following competencies of the UKAT Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring
P1 - Create and support environments that consider the needs and perspectives of students, and respect individual learners
C3 - Academic advising and tutoring approaches and strategies
I3 - HE Provider policies, procedures, rules, and regulations