Developing a sense of belonging for learners in a changing modality

19 November 2020 - 19 November 2020
Developing a sense of belonging for learners in a changing modality

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ASMEBITESIZE: Developing a sense of belonging for learners in a changing modality
Thursday 19th November 2020, 11:00am

This session was presented by Dr Susie Schofield and Dr Mandy Moffat (University of Dundee) and host Dr Sonia Bussey (ASME MEG Special Interest Group Chair) During the session they discussed some of the lessons learnt working with those fully online students (and tutors) and how they can be taken forward to the ‘new normal’. They introduced a toolbox they co-developed as part of a cross-institutional project funded by the Scottish QAA (Quality Assurance Agency).  This looks at before, during and after an online module, including synchronous and asynchronous. They invited participants to share their own experiences – the good, the not so good and addressing challenges.

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Open Learn Create - Developing a sense of belonging in online distance learning

Distance and Sense of Belonging Toolkit 

Student feeling example


Dr Susie Schofield - University of Dundee

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Susie Schofield is deputy programme director for the CME and institutional lead for distance learning. She has worked at CME for over 10 years, leading the move from paper-based correspondence course in 2009 and the masters in medical education, and again in 2015 from non-cohorted to cohorted. She co-leads the module in technology-enhanced learning, and has been heavily involved in supporting faculty needing to rapidly pivot health education, both locally and globally. She is also lead for the PhD programme at CME.

Dr Mandy Moffat - University of Dundee

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Mandy Moffat is lead for our modules in Faculty Development and Leadership, leads supporting the online tutors on the programme, and supervises a number of our masters and PhD students. She is keen to try out new things in the online arena, especially for developing a community of practice with both students and tutors.  

Together Susie & Mandy lead the masters in medical education module in Faculty Development, and are both passionate about equipping the faculty of health education with the tools for their many roles as educators. Coincidentally they both started their working lives in pensions (not for the same company) and enjoy playing ceilidh music (Susie on accordion, Mandy on fiddle).

Dr Sonia Bussey - ASME MEG Special Interest Group Chair 

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Sonia graduated with a BSc (Hons) Podiatry (First Class) awarded by the University of Sunderland in 2003, and went on to gain a PGCET postgraduate teaching qualification in 2007 and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2010 from the same institution. She was awarded a Doctorate in Education by the Open University in 2019.

She joined Newcastle University in February 2012.  As a Podiatrist, she worked as an NHS Senior II Podiatrist at Cherwell Vale PCT in Oxfordshire, and subsequently a Band 6 Specialist Podiatrist at Gateshead Health PCT. In 2005, Sonia left the NHS to take up the post of Lecturer and Podiatry Placement Co-ordinator at the Durham School of Podiatric Medicine within New College Durham.

Sonia was the former Clinical Coordinator for the MBBS programme. This role was primarily focussed on developing improved relationships and coherence between practice teachers for the MBBS programme and Newcastle University; Sonia worked with the Sub-Deans, Base Unit staff and clinical teachers to develop new strategies for engaging and retaining clinical teachers and implementing those strategies to encourage the development of a 'Regional Faculty of Educators'. She was also involved in the planning and delivery of staff development sessions for clinical teachers associated with the MBBS programme, including the biennial Clinical Teaching Forum. 
In 2017, Sonia became a full-time core member of the postgraduate medical education team, and works across the Certificate, Diploma and Master’s programmes.