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Exploring Course Leaders’ Reflections of Learning Communities at Sheffield Hallam University

DONNELLY, Alan, PARSONS, Rachael and PEARSON, Daniel (2021). Exploring Course Leaders’ Reflections of Learning Communities at Sheffield Hallam University. [STEER Evaluation Collection]

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The overarching aim of the project was to explore and capture examples of practices and ideas for success to enhance the course experience for students, with a particular emphasis on the theme of learning communities. Learning communities was an area that received a notable decrease in student satisfaction in the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) at Sheffield Hallam University. Interviews were carried out with eight course leaders to explore: the practices used on their courses; the aspects that could be made even better; the evidence that they draw upon to understand the effectiveness of these practices. The following themes were identified: 1) staff-student relationships; 2) curriculum content and pedagogy; 3) peer networks and relationships; 4) supportive relationships between staff members; 5) societies and external networks. The practices identified by course leaders were consistent with practices identified in other relevant literature.

Item Type: STEER Evaluation Collection
Type of evaluation evidence: Exploratory: Evidence of a specific topic that could be used to design an intervention.
Stage of the Student Lifecycle:
Stage of the Student Lifecycle
Success (e.g. retention and attainment)
Departments, Directorates and Groups: Groups and Services > Student Experience, Teaching and Learning
Uncontrolled Keywords: Learning community, staff, students, relationships, curriculum, pedagogy, interview
Depositing User: Ashleigh Weir
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2023 14:46
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2024 11:55

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