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Distance and belonging: how do we know that our distance and rural students are achieving their potential and feel part of a learning community?

  • Dates:
    10 May 2018 09:00 -
    10 May 2018 16:00
  • Location: Open University in Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Address: 10 Drumsheugh Gardens
  • Contact: Heather Gibson
  • Email:

This workshop is part of the Evidence for Enhancement Collaborative cluster project. The project is being led by the Open University in Scotland. Find out more about the Collaborative cluster workshops.

About this event

Several HEIs in Scotland have substantial populations of distance and rural learners. Supporting these students can be challenging and knowing that our support is working particularly so. This workshop will seek to explore these issues:

  • How do we support these remote learners to help them achieve their potential?
  • How do we help them feel like they belong to their institution and a learning community?
  • How we know that what we do to support these learners is working?
  • What data is useful to help us answer these questions?

This workshop will allow attendees to explore and identify opportunities to collaborate within these broad topic areas.  In short we will ask the questions: why, what, how, where and when should we collaborate? 

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their institutional priorities and needs around the topics above before each workshop. We will aim to produce reports from the workshops that will outline potential project work that, if appropriate, we will be able to refine to become a final project proposals for submission to QAA Scotland. 


Places for each workshop are limited to twenty.  For more information for either workshop please contact Heather Gibson, Learning Enhancement Manager, Open University in Scotland –