Creating connections and building belonging: Using scholarship to create more than 'just another online library class'

McGregor, Rowena ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4379-0420 and Derrington, Kate (2019) Creating connections and building belonging: Using scholarship to create more than 'just another online library class'. In: Scholarship of Tertiary Teaching Online Conference, September 9-11, 2019, Virtual conference.

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Motivation and Problem Statement: Online university enrolment is increasing, often appealing to non-traditional students who may be underprepared for university study. Regional universities in particular may have up to 70% of their students studying online. Universities have responded to the academic and information literacy needs of online students by providing resources such as videos and self-paced tutorials online. However, capturing the attention of this cohort can be difficult. Tertiary providers must continue to engage in scholarship to create and improve opportunities to support online learners.
Approach: A literature review on the academic and information literacy needs of online students was conducted in 2018. The review indicated that many online students want a sense of connection to the institution (STONE ref). In response, a weekly online study support program was developed. This program encourages participation and discussion with librarian and learning advisor and student peers. The program has been run in Semester 1 and 2 of 2019. In 202, we will use the online engagement framework (REF) to evaluate and invigorate the program.
Results to date: Attendances vary ranging from 1-11 students per week. About a third of these students attend regularly. Incidental student feedback is provided verbally and via chat throughout the sessions. This feedback indicates that students are engaged across the various domains and has helped develop further thinking on content design and delivery.
Conclusions: Library and academic staff supporting skill development across the university can foster engagement with online students. This requires thoughtful and informed planning and development.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 01:37
Last Modified: 30 May 2022 02:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: online teaching, academic library, online student support
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390407 Inclusive education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390199 Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48520

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