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Project overview

Distance and sense of belonging was one of the collaborative cluster projects. The project team comprised staff from five higher education institutions in Scotland:

  • University of Dundee
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Open University in Scotland
  • Queen Margaret University
  • University of the Highland and Islands.

The cluster sought to enhance the student experience of distance, online and rural learners by developing a toolkit to promote the learners’ sense of belonging at module and programme level.

Toolkit resource

Developing a Sense of Belonging in online distance learning

Tutors can use the toolkit to make informed decisions about the type of interventions that might benefit their students. It contains practical suggestions for online tutors about how to develop a Sense of Belonging, opportunities to learn from others, a tool to help with evaluating and reflecting and a short synthesis of relevant literature. The toolkit is hosted on the OpenLearn create platform. Visit the toolkit to find out more. 

activity updates

Developing a toolkit for tutors to promote a sense of belonging for online, distance and rural learners at the module and programme levels

Publication date: 14 Feb 2020