Session 14

Communities of Learning: supporting individuality and belonging

Liz Beasley, Senior Lecturer in Education (Practice), Middlesex University London
Shirley Allen, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Middlesex University London
Phil Barter, Associate Professor (Practice) in Learning and Teaching, Middlesex University London

The NSS introduced a new question in 2017 relating to ‘’Learning Communities’ – this is a new key metric providing evidence about quality of HE provision. If developed carefully they can support and celebrate individuality (inclusion) while building a strength and sense of belonging  within a diverse group of students. 

Key words:
Community of learning, diversity, inclusion, student success, creativity, individualised learning, collaborative projects, active participatory learning, community partnership, work-based learning, effective professional learning community (EPLC), reflective professional enquiry.