Supporting Learning for Students from Diverse Ethnic, Cultural and Educational Backgrounds

The Centre for Academic Development and colleagues from the Schools of Business and Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition held a series of short, online sessions for University of Aberdeen teaching staff on ‘Supporting learning for students from diverse ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds’.  Course Leads were Jennifer Duthie, Cheryl Dowie, Amudha Poobalan and Mark Whittington.  The three live, online (Blackboard Collaborate) sessions in this series are outlined below:

Session 1

Monday 10th August, 14.00 – 15.00

You can now watch the session 1 recording Please note that this recording is affected  in places by minor connection issues. If possible, please do not let this distract you from the valuable messages shared by these students.

 

Learning from students 

Students will share their individual experiences of studying and learning in a different country (Scotland). You will hear about the challenges faced by overseas students in terms of adapting to a new education system and learning culture.

Students will tell us about the support and information they needed to overcome these challenges and progress their learning on their programmes.

Interview format

Tutors

Shravya Allumalla

Godspower Iserhienrhien

Jane Chidi Ochiobi

Gajarishiyan Rasalingam

Ogheneochuko Saba

Alexandra Vodentzis

Yingxin Ye

 

Chair: Ondrej Kucerak (Vice-President for Education)

Welcome and introduction: Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya

Session 2

Thursday 13th August, 14.00 – 15.00

You can now watch the session 2 recording

Extracts from attendee chat area here

Please see presentation slides below:

Shamima Haque

Mark Whittington

Yanghong Hu

Amudha Poobalan

Staff experiences

University of Aberdeen colleagues will share their own experiences of learning, working and teaching in new countries and cultures.

Staff will also share the challenges they encounter in supporting learning for students from diverse ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds.

Where relevant, any particular implications of moving courses/parts of course online will be explored.

Presentation format.

Tutors

Shamima Haque, Accountancy

Mark Whittington, Accountancy

Yanghong Hu, Business Management

Amudha Poobalan, Other Applied Sciences

 

Chair: Jennifer Duthie, Centre for Academic Development

Welcome and introduction:  Professor Abbe Brown

Session 3

Friday 14th August, 11.00 – 12.00

You can now watch the session 3 recording 

Please see presentation slides below:

Cheryl Dowie

Asha Venkatesh

Isla Callander

Amudha Poobalan

Sharing good practice in supporting learning for students from diverse ethnic, cultural and educational backgrounds.

 Examples of good, inclusive and supportive working/teaching practice will be shared by colleagues across the University.

Where relevant, any particular implications of moving courses/parts of course online will be explored.

Presentation format.

Tutors

Cheryl Dowie, Business Management

Asha Venkatesh, Medical Education

Isla Callander, Law

Amudha Poobalan, Other Applied Sciences

 

Chair: Jennifer Duthie, Centre for Academic Development

Welcome and introduction:  Professor Abbe Brown

Any questions, please contact cad@abdn.ac.uk