Presentation on theme: "Christine Hardy, A&D & Ed Foster, NTU Library"— Presentation transcript:
1 Christine Hardy, A&D & Ed Foster, NTU Library Online induction – 2013Christine Hardy, A&D & Ed Foster, NTU Library
2 OutcomesHow this work fits into induction & the wider Starting at NTU initiativeStudent feedback from 2012Guidance for course teams on each of the pagesGood practice in pre-entry activitiesDeadlines 2013Take a short break after 30 minutesHow to upload content using Rythmyx – a practical refresher session from Digital MarketingQuestions and problem solving
3 Our overall aim is student transition Johnston 2010 (p4)The student experience of change involved in joining the university;The programmes of academic and other activities, which the university provides to support and enhance student transitionTinto (1993)Academic transitionSocial transition3 stages – separation, transition, integrationTinto interested in integration (later student engagement) which arises through interplay ofPre-entry experiences & educationGoals and motivationInstitutional experience
4 Transition through the Student Lifecycle Aspiration RaisingPre entry & AdmissionInitial InductionFirst yearMoving through the courseEmploy-mentHEFCE Student lifecycle (2001)
6 Starting at NTU: AimsSince 2011, functions as a one stop shop for students to:Complete enrolment & booking accommodationSome advice & guidanceSeries of videosSocial mediaComplete the pre-entry stage of their course inductionsOverall aimEase transition into HERe-engage students with the subject they’ve chosenHelp complete compulsory processes
8 Initial Induction (Cook & Rushton (2008)) Key expectations (tested with students in 2007, 2008 & reviewed in 2012)Students wanted:An opportunity to develop friendships/ form peer support networksPrimarily with students, but also reassurance of knowing staffTo see in advance the course induction timetableNow through Starting at NTUTo understand the nature of learning and teaching & be reassured that they’ll copeStructure – course & physical orientation to the campusLearning and teachingSupportTo understand how the course would benefit them in the futureLess mentioned in 2012To have a timetable fit around other commitmentsFar less important and scarcely mentioned in 2012
9 Welcome Week 2013 Welcome to NTU Changes Monday 23 September Same essential structure as 2013Freshers Fairs, Sunday Social, Saturday AnticsChangesDirectly recruiting ‘Network’ RepsCommunity of scholarsInduction outside the classroomFunded opportunities to show offEarlier activities during the first weekendMore small scale activities throughout the week
11 Extended Induction (Cook & Rushton (2008)) Nobody is fully inducted by the end of the first weekDespite the logistical convenienceSo how and when do we induct students throughout the first term/year?Academic tutorials?Rites of passage approach?Re induction after Christmas?Reflective practitioner approach throughout the year?
20 Main issue from 2012 Communications Recommended actions In 2012, central onlyAnecdotal evidence that fewer students attended inductionsConcerns about students not completing pre-entry activitiesRecommended actionsReturn to School/ Course communication to students about inductionPointing out the importance of looking at Starting at NTUCentral communications to be sharpened upStarting at NTU guideStarting at NTU web pages & s
21 Starting at NTU Course Induction Pages & pre-arrival activities
22 Deadlines Mid-June Training for staff new to Rythmyx Friday 12 July Deadline for course induction content to be forwarded from academics to school admin teams(Please note that as this is the Friday before graduation ceremonies, earlier is definitely better)Friday 16 AugustAll induction pages to be finally uploaded by Digital Marketing, early inductions will be uploaded firstAll content needs to be uploaded to Rythmyx by this date(please note that this includes the course induction timetable)
23 Starting at NTU pages Written by the LTC Written by the course team My Course (5-600 words)Welcome from the course leader & teamCourse descriptionFirst year module listCourse designPre-arrival induction activity (5-600 words)IntroductionPurpose of the activityDescription of what students need to doHow the activity will be integrated into the course inductionContact detailsCourse induction timetableWritten by the LTCMy learningAssessmentAcademic support
24 Pre-arrival activities Research taskBournemouth University nursingEngaging with the literatureBiological SciencesNote: It can be difficult to question the information presented in books, but we want you to start thinking critically rather than assuming everything you read is set in stone.Social networkingMost students are wary at this stage and tend to lurk rather than engageKey questions about the disciplineVisual diary, engaging with media, write a short (250 words) research paper
25 Good practiceUse it to model behaviour you want students to engage withBut keep it relatively lightEnsure that it is tied into the inductionUse this as lesson in HEDo the related activity later in induction weekTo give students time to catch up if they haven’t done the task before arrivingSo they’ll need warning in your first session
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