'Getting Started': pre-induction access to higher education

Watling, Sue (2009) 'Getting Started': pre-induction access to higher education. In: JSWEC 11th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 3rd UK Social Work Research Conference, 8 - 10 July 2009, University of Hertfordshire.

'Getting Started' pre-induction access to higher education
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The transition to higher education poses challenges on many levels. One UK University has piloted a scheme that is designed to prepare prospective students for academic study. ‘Getting Started’ gives prospective students access to the university’s virtual learning environment, prior to induction where they are invited to post queries to a discussion board moderated by a team of support staff and tutors. In 2008 the decision was made to extend the project to include a suite of learning development materials. ‘Snapshot’ contains bite sized chunks, or ‘snapshots’, of academic practice including academic thinking, reading and writing. Each chunk of information includes an activity designed to encourage early independent, self motivated learning. These combined projects tackle the challenges of entrance into higher education for students from both traditional and non-traditional backgrounds and offer a model of good practice designed to convert offers to places and improve retention.

Keywords:higher education, pre-induction, retention, student experience
Subjects:L Social studies > L500 Social Work
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:1916
Deposited On:25 Jun 2009 08:07

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