Paper Sessions

Tuesday 6th July - 1pm to 1.50pm

Engaging learners with low social capital – Neil Drury, Austin Tomlinson, Dan Cottle 

Students without a family or school tradition of participation in higher education are, on average, more likely to withdraw from university before completing their degree. Socio-economic background and cultural capital not only impact on the likelihood of taking part in higher education, they impact on the ensuing student experience (Pickard, 2014). Evidence from the ASPIRES report suggests that educators should focus on changing institutional systems and settings, rather than young people. We will explore some simple approaches to trial in tutorials and lectures to aid engagement and learning and help students develop a sense of belonging. 

The Art of  Health and Well-being: breaking out of silos – Jen Ridding

 This session explores the role the arts and humanities have in the education of health care professionals (Frei, et al, 2010), and in maintaining individual, and community, health and wellbeing. (World Health Organization, 2019)  The principles and outcomes of two case studies will be discussed: 

1. Workshop using art to support conversations around death and dying, part of a mandatory year three module on the BNurs (Adult) programme. 

2. Supporting the Barber to become a dementia friendly organisation, year two BNurs students complete an elective, they are able to self-select where this is.  

Using practical examples from the case studies participants will be encourage to consider how the arts and humanities could be embedded in their curricula.  These innovations, while initially seen as disruptive, have allowed for the creation of new networks and new ways of thinking across both areas. 

“May you live in interesting times” - Assessing large numbers of first year students through virtual group work in a time of crisis - Kelly Smith 

A case study of a Year 1 Semester 1 group assessment (essay and video pitch with peer assessment element) with 530 students based in multiple countries across the world because of the pandemic, and students in Birmingham unable to meet face-to-face due to social distancing.  The task was to come up with a business or social enterprise idea to address loneliness in the elderly population which was particularly relevant at this time. 

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