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									      Engaging with Students Prior to Arrival –
      What Works?

       Becka Currant, University of Bradford
       Christine Keenan, Bournemouth University



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   Overview

   • Why is this important?
   • Theoretical background
   • Our approaches to addressing the issues
        – Stepping Stones to HE
        – Develop Me! and SaPRA online
   • Discussion
   • Outputs and next steps

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                        BBC news 20 Feb 2008
                        http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7252723.stm


                                                         Is a traditional 3 year degree
                                                         pathway really the most effective
                                                         option for modern students?
                                                                           Yorkshire post 20 Feb 2008
                                                                           http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/800m-is-wasted-in-bid.3795428.jp




 Why are students
 leaving?
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   Context: Research into the FYE

   • National research in FYE ongoing
   • UK behind in terms of research compared
     with America and Australia
   • Issues identified have not really changed
   • Problems have wider impact due to
     differences in student population


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   Students 2.0?

   •   Who/what are modern students?
   •   A vision of students today Wesch (2007)
   •   What issues do they face?
   •   What challenges does this pose for us?
   •   How do we respond to differences from the
       ‘norm’?

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   Why Do Students Leave University?

   • Because they are not engaged
   • Not engaged academically
        – “I am not clever enough”
        – “The course is not what I thought it would be”
   • Not engaged socially
        – “I feel lonely”
        – “I am homesick”
        – “The other students are not friendly”

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   How have we addressed these issues?
   • HEA e-learning Research Observatory project
   • Compare and evaluate impact of two different
     approaches to supporting student transition
        – http://developme.brad.ac.uk
      – http://dec.bournemouth.ac.uk/steps
   • Focusing on:
        – Different approaches to online pre-enrolment material
        – Different delivery mechanisms (web based vs VLE)
        – Diverse student groups
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                                       E-induction

 Primary objective to enable students to manage
 process of transition in both academic and social
 terms
   Academic:                     Social:
   • Early engagement with       • Start process of making
     academic materials and        links with peers on
     development of academic       courses and other
     skills                        students in University
   • Completion of SaPRA to      • Share hopes, fears and
     identify levels of            concerns about starting
     confidence and develop        course
     action plan to reflect on   • Identify challenges and
     with personal tutor and       find answers to burning
     evidence in PDP               questions

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                            Integrated Online Support


   Future support (2008 onwards)
   Develop    E- Induction Course                      Health &
   Me! Online           Module        Specific         Safety
                                      Information      Information
   Integrated           Generic       Bespoke          Targeted
   support for          University    interactive      information
   skills               based         exercises to     relevant to
   development          information   promote          particular
   and                  (the usual    academic and     courses
   understanding        paper bumpf   social
   development          sent out to   cohesion prior
   needs                freshers!)    to arrival


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   Feedback from students

   • 65% felt the materials were a useful
     resource
   • 50% felt the materials had increased their
     confidence at University
   • 42% felt their motivation had been
     increased


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   Discussion
 • What happens at your institution?
      – What do you know about the student experience?
 • How effective is it?
 • What would you like to see happen?
 • How can you ‘make it so’?




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   Contact Details

   • Becka Currant
        – r.currant@bradford.ac.uk
        – 01274 236821 or 07917 241214
   • Christine Keenan
        – ckeenan@bournemouth.ac.uk




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