Continuing conversations: Moving support for doctoral supervisors’ professional development online

Vaughan, Sian and Blackburn, Carolyn and Curzon, Rachel (2021) Continuing conversations: Moving support for doctoral supervisors’ professional development online. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 58 (6). pp. 716-726. ISSN 1470-3297

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Whilst doctoral supervision online has become almost routine, the COVID19 pandemic significantly changed research supervision. Supervisors were distanced from colleagues and co-supervisors, with less opportunity for the informal and unplanned conversations through which supervisory challenges may be shared and mentoring take place. An accredited Communities of Practice for Doctoral Supervision has been in operation at (institution) since 2015. Designed to run face to face with small groups, the programme moved online in Spring 2020 due to the lock-down in the UK. Surveying the experiences of facilitators and participants, this paper reflects on the challenges and changes of moving conversations online. Online professional development did require more structured facilitation to effectively support openness, honesty and trust amongst supervisors. Whilst online tools bring benefits in accessibility and democracy, a fundamental component of the successful move online was identified as the human element, supervisors as facilitators crafting a sense of community and belonging.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
2 July 2021Accepted
25 November 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: doctoral supervisor; professional development; online community
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Education and Social Work
Depositing User: Sian Vaughan
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2021 08:11
Last Modified: 25 May 2023 03:00

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