In Covid-19 times, kindness makes a difference

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Abstract

Covid-19 effects have meant many students now exhibit some characteristics common to students from low socio-economic backgrounds – notably, many are chronically time poor and juggling caring responsibilities. This has led me to put into practice some relatively simple modifications to my teaching delivery to support these learners, modifications set out in research by Devlin and colleagues (2012) that proposes these students are better supported when teachers show flexibility, use accessible language, scaffold learning and make themselves available.

What I’ve really taken from Devlin et al is that kindness makes a difference. While sometimes I baulk at repeating my mantra of ‘remember about the CSU student wellbeing resources’ and ‘speak with me early and often’, a relatively low withdrawal rate suggests being attentive to the four domains Devlin et al identify are of significant value to students. The key change in my practice is my attitude towards these areas. I want to share this anecdote with colleagues in the spirit of responding to the prompts for CSUEdX 2021 – I observe that bringing awareness to these areas has aided connection with students in this disrupted world by demonstrating kindness.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2021
EventCharles Sturt Edx 2021: Connecting in a disrupted world - online
Duration: 17 Nov 202119 Nov 2021
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Conference

ConferenceCharles Sturt Edx 2021
Period17/11/2119/11/21
OtherOur learning and teaching conference this year is happening online from 17-19 November. The event will run from 9:30am to 1:00pm each day and will also incorporate some on campus activity on day two providing additional ways for people to connect. We invite you to reflect on, share ideas, experiences and practice of how we connect in a continually disrupted world aligned to four streams:

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Innovation and quality
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