Moving widening participation outreach online: challenge or opportunity?
AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
Subject Categories::X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
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AbstractThe COVID-19 pandemic creates an immediate need to deliver existing pre-entry widening participation outreach work remotely. In doing so this means rethinking existing programmes and adapting existing working practices. This paper proposes a three-dimensional framework involving pedagogical, technological and the humanistic elements. It argues that any technological solutions need to consider the inequalities of access to technology and the barriers faced by both practitioners and students. Understanding the changing nature of this work alongside the potential time and investment needed to realise its potential is vital for all staff with strategic and operational responsibility related to access and participation. Whilst some existing pre-entry work may not translate to this new mode, online outreach has the potential to open up new ways to engage and inspire target learners over sustained periods through combined creation and curation of content.
CitationRainford J (2020) 'Moving widening participation outreach online: challenge or opportunity?', Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, (), pp.-.
PublisherTaylor and Francis
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