#Ibelong: Towards a sense of belonging in an inclusive learning environment

LIZ THOMAS

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Abstract

#Ibelong is an Erasmus+ project delivering a suite of evidence-informed interventions to improve the belonging and success of students that are first generation entrants, from ethnic minorities or have a ‘migrant background'. The activities operate at course or programme level, working with both staff and students. This article provides a rationale for the #Ibelong programme of activities drawing on relevant research, and then it describes the three inter-connected interventions: Dialogue Days, Team Teacher Reflection and Community Mentoring. The interventions were evaluated using Programme Theory evaluation tools: theory of change and logic chains. The descriptions highlight activities that have worked well, how delivery has been adapted from in-person to online delivery, and evidence of short-term benefits and medium-term outcomes. The article concludes by reflecting on how this suite of interventions could be used by other courses, universities and sectors, to improve the belonging and success of diverse students and staff.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-79
JournalWidening Participation and Lifelong Learning
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • diversity
  • belonging
  • success
  • higher education
  • online learning
  • evaluation

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