Educational Development for Quality Graduate Supervision

Hawazen Alharbi, Michele Jacobsen


Graduate supervisors need ongoing educational development to enhance and develop their supervisory skills. From new supervisors to the experienced ones, faculty members all benefit from gathering to discuss and exchange their experiences and supervision practices. Increasingly, research is focusing on the study of best practices for graduate supervision given the need to enhance the student/supervisor relationship and students’ satisfaction with the quality of supervision. Offering educational development opportunities for graduate supervisors is complicated and needs more attention from universities. This paper aims to shed some light on the role of graduate supervisors, the factors that contribute to a successful graduate supervision experience, the factors that contribute to the complexity of graduate supervision with a discussion of different types of support for a successful graduate supervision and lastly, by introducing the design of a MOOC that focuses on Quality Graduate Supervision to be offered at the University of Calgary. 

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