THU: Introduction to a new open resource to help teachers support learners with anxiety in online environments (Claire Richardson)

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Claire Richardson
15 January 2018

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The prevalence of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression amongst students in Higher Education is high. In a 2016 survey carried out on university students within the United Kingdom, 27% of students reported mental problems of which 74% were anxiety related (Aronin and Smith, 2016). Levels of anxiety appear to be high even amongst students who do not report a mental health problem with only 19% of Higher Education students survey by the Office for National Statistics (2017) reporting low general levels of anxiety compared to 41% of the general UK population (cited in Neves and Hillman, 2017).

There is also an increased likelihood that students may be studying in an online environment. Digital activities are increasingly common within Higher Education in general (Newman and Beetham, 2017) and an increased number of university students studying entirely online in some countries such as the USA (Clinefelter and Aslanian, 2014 cited in University of Birmingham, n.d.). But despite the high probability that students with anxiety may be studying online, they often lack training in supporting students with mental health problems in Higher Education (Kendall, 2017).

To address this need, a new open education resource is being developed with the aim of helping teachers in Higher Education support learners with anxiety in online environments. As part of the ‘inclusion theme’ of the H818 online conference, an overview of the main features planned for this resource will be provided. These will include defining anxiety and background information on disability and the law. Issues relating to the disclosure of anxiety and confidentiality will be considered as well as barriers to participation and engagement that may exist in online environments for students with anxiety. There will be an emphasis on suggestions for adjustments to promote inclusion. Finally, the online resource will promote the opportunity to share best practice and to network with peers with common interests in supporting students with anxiety. During the presentation, there will also be an opportunity to provide suggestions to shape the direction of this resource.

References

Aronin, S. and Smith, M. (2016) ‘One in four students suffer from mental health problems’, YouGov News [Online], Available at https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/08/09/quarter-britains-students-are-afflicted-mental-hea/ (Accessed 11 January 2018).

Kendall, L., 2017. Supporting students with disabilities within a UK university: Lecturer perspectives. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. Available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14703297.2017.1299630 (Accessed 11 January 2018).

Neves, J. and Hillman, N. (2017). Student Academic Experience Survey. New York,Higher Education Academy.Available at: http://www.hepi.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-Student-Academic-Experience-Survey-Final-Report.pdf(Accessed 11 January 2018).

Newman, T. and Beetham, H. (2017). Student digital experience tracker 2017: the voice of 22,000 UK learners. JISC. Available at: http://repository.jisc.ac.uk/6662/1/Jiscdigitalstudenttracker2017.pdf (Accessed 12 January 2018). 

University of Birmingham (n.d.). Growth of online degree programmes and how they will change learning [Online]. Available at https://hub.birmingham.ac.uk/news/online-degree-programmes-growth-impact-on-education (Accessed 11 January 2018).

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Introducing a new online resource to help teachers support learners with anxiety.

by Dr Claire Richardson, Associate Lecturer (Science), Open University.

  • An increasing number of students are now studying online (Clinefelter and Aslanian, 2014 cited in University of Birmingham, n.d.).
  • Online courses are often preferred by disabled students including students with mental health difficulties.
  • The incidence of mental health difficulties in university students within the UK is increasing with one in four UK university students reporting mental health problems in 2016 (Aronin and Smith, 2016).
    • Anxiety is one of the most commonly reported mental health problems.
      • Of students who report mental health problems, 74% have anxiety related difficulties (Aronin and Smith, 2016).

 

  • But teachers often lack guidance on how to support students with anxiety most effectively.
  • On Thursday, February 15th at 10:15 (GMT) I will be introducing a new online resource to help teachers support students with anxiety.
  • This presentation will be part of the H818 Online Conference 2018 (Ball, 2018).

 

  • I will be providing an overview of the main features of this resource.
    • This resource will aim to provide....
      • Background information on anxiety
      • Guidance on disability and the law
      • Consideration of disclosure and confidentiality.
      • The focus of the resource will be on removing barriers to educational inclusion for students with anxiety.
      • There will be opportunities to network and share best practice with peers online.

 

  • I hope to see you there!

 

References

Aronin, S. and Smith, M. (2016) ‘One in four students suffer from mental health problems’, YouGov News [Online], Available at https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/08/09/quarter-britains-students-are-afflicted-mental-hea/ (Accessed 11 January 2018).

Ball, S. (2017) OU H818 ‘The Networked Practitioner’ Online Conference 2018 [Online]. Available at http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/3017 (Accessed 15 January 2018).

University of Birmingham (n.d.). Growth of online degree programmes and how they will change learning [Online]. Available at https://hub.birmingham.ac.uk/news/online-degree-programmes-growth-impact-on-education (Accessed 11 January 2018).

Claire Richardson
19:57 on 15 January 2018

Introducing a new online resource to help teachers support learners with anxiety.

by Dr Claire Richardson, Associate Lecturer (Science), Open University.

  • An increasing number of students are now studying online (Clinefelter and Aslanian, 2014 cited in University of Birmingham, n.d.).
  • Online courses are often preferred by disabled students including students with mental health difficulties.
  • The incidence of mental health difficulties in university students within the UK is increasing with one in four UK university students reporting mental health problems in 2016 (Aronin and Smith, 2016).
    • Anxiety is one of the most commonly reported mental health problems.
      • Of students who report mental health problems, 74% have anxiety related difficulties (Aronin and Smith, 2016).

 

  • But teachers often lack guidance on how to support students with anxiety most effectively.
  • On Thursday, February 15th at 10:15 (GMT) I will be introducing a new online resource to help teachers support students with anxiety.
  • This presentation will be part of the H818 Online Conference 2018 (Ball, 2018).

 

  • I will be providing an overview of the main features of this resource.
    • This resource will aim to provide....
      • Background information on anxiety
      • Guidance on disability and the law
      • Consideration of disclosure and confidentiality.
      • The focus of the resource will be on removing barriers to educational inclusion for students with anxiety.
      • There will be opportunities to network and share best practice with peers online.

 

  • I hope to see you there!

 

References

Aronin, S. and Smith, M. (2016) ‘One in four students suffer from mental health problems’, YouGov News [Online], Available at https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/08/09/quarter-britains-students-are-afflicted-mental-hea/ (Accessed 11 January 2018).

Ball, S. (2017) OU H818 ‘The Networked Practitioner’ Online Conference 2018 [Online]. Available at http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/3017 (Accessed 15 January 2018).

University of Birmingham (n.d.). Growth of online degree programmes and how they will change learning [Online]. Available at https://hub.birmingham.ac.uk/news/online-degree-programmes-growth-impact-on-education (Accessed 11 January 2018).

Claire Richardson
19:58 on 15 January 2018

Introducing a new online resource to help teachers support learners with anxiety.

by Dr Claire Richardson, Associate Lecturer (Science), Open University.

  • An increasing number of students are now studying online (Clinefelter and Aslanian, 2014 cited in University of Birmingham, n.d.).
  • Online courses are often preferred by disabled students including students with mental health difficulties.
  • The incidence of mental health difficulties in university students within the UK is increasing with one in four UK university students reporting mental health problems in 2016 (Aronin and Smith, 2016).
    • Anxiety is one of the most commonly reported mental health problems.
      • Of students who report mental health problems, 74% have anxiety related difficulties (Aronin and Smith, 2016).
  • But teachers often lack guidance on how to support students with anxiety most effectively.
  • On Thursday, February 15th at 10:15 (GMT) I will be introducing a new online resource to help teachers support students with anxiety.
  • This presentation will be part of the H818 Online Conference 2018 (Ball, 2018).
  • I will be providing an overview of the main features of this resource.
    • This resource will aim to provide....
      • Background information on anxiety
      • Guidance on disability and the law
      • Consideration of disclosure and confidentiality.
      • The focus of the resource will be on removing barriers to educational inclusion for students with anxiety.
      • There will be opportunities to network and share best practice with peers online.
  • I hope to see you there!

 

References

Aronin, S. and Smith, M. (2016) ‘One in four students suffer from mental health problems’, YouGov News [Online], Available at https://yougov.co.uk/news/2016/08/09/quarter-britains-students-are-afflicted-mental-hea/ (Accessed 11 January 2018).

Ball, S. (2017) OU H818 ‘The Networked Practitioner’ Online Conference 2018 [Online]. Available at http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/3017 (Accessed 15 January 2018).

University of Birmingham (n.d.). Growth of online degree programmes and how they will change learning [Online]. Available at https://hub.birmingham.ac.uk/news/online-degree-programmes-growth-impact-on-education (Accessed 11 January 2018).

Claire Richardson
10:49 on 16 January 2018

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