Supporting the wellbeing of associate lecturers at the Open University through a creative arts intervention

Bhandari, Renu (2023). Supporting the wellbeing of associate lecturers at the Open University through a creative arts intervention. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 16(1) pp. 34–48.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21100/compass.v16i1.1367

Abstract

This case study discusses an online space created for associate lecturers (ALs) working at the Open University, with the intention of supporting wellbeing through sharing – and responding to – each other’s examples of creative arts activities. This paper reflects on engagement with and outcomes from this intervention. Four key themes emerged in participant responses to the intervention: 1) increased connectedness; 2) a feeling of being away from work; 3) happiness, enjoyment and positive feelings; and 4) openness to new places, ideas and shares. The results were analysed in line with available studies on sense of belonging, connectedness and well-being. This project highlights the potential for shared online creative activities to support connectedness and wellbeing in educators and students who are working in the online environment.

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