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1 Support Me! Develop Me! Retain Me! How e-resources can enhance student engagement! Becka Currant Head of Learner Development and Student Engagement University of Bradford

2 Overview 1.What is Develop Me? 2.Context 3.Feedback from Users 4.Institutional Implications

3 Develop Me! Meet and chat online Meet and chat, pre- entry activities developme.ning.com Online resources developme Skills tracking Mobile guides Student voice Expectations survey First Year Experience questionnaire

4 A Brief History of Develop Me! Extended student model HEA Pathfinder, NTFS Outduction –Pre-entry to post graduation E-induction HEA e-learning Research Observatory –Seamless transition into University Integrated online support HEFCE –24/7 support available Responding to diverse students ELESIG/HEA/JISC/HEFCE –Digital typology –LLiDA work, development of SaPRA

5 E-induction Academic: Early engagement with academic materials and development of academic skills (ning) Completion of SaPRA to identify levels of confidence and develop action plan to reflect on with personal tutor and evidence in PDP (online resources) Social: Start process of making links with peers on courses and other students in University (ning) Share hopes, fears and concerns about starting course (ning) Identify challenges and find answers to burning questions (expectations questionnaire) Feel at home (mobile guides) Primary objective: enable students to manage process of transition in social and academic terms

6 Future support (2008 onwards) Develop Me! Online E- Induction Materials Course Specific Information Targeted additional Information Integrated support for skills development and understanding development needs Generic University based information PLUS plagiarism and referencing materials Bespoke interactive exercises to promote academic and social cohesion prior to arrival and first few weeks Targeted information relevant to particular courses e.g. Health & Safety Integrated Online Support

7 The Issues We Faced… Time Updating of materials long term Staff engagement and ownership Taking it forward to next level Institutional buy in – using ning for other things Usernames and passwords – IT buy in Competing with other systems – e.g. facebook groups

8 Things That Werent Issues No one using the space It just wouldnt work Harassment and bullying Ning crashing Using external service USA based servers Yet another social network for people to join Dead space with no replies Inappropriate content Abuse of the space Too much to handle/moderate Support issues for students using space Data protection And so on and so on and so on!

9 The Student Voice The forums are great as you can meet other people before beginning University. It makes you feel less nervous. [I like] being able to meet and talk to people before starting Youve got his huge edifice which is a University, but what you need is a human face on it. Thanks for the warm welcome note, it gave me a great first impression about the university of Bradford

10 Student Reflections Ive used Facebook before, and Ive used MySpace before that but found Facebook much easier to use because its much simpler. Where I was the computers werent so good, so it was very important to have something simple and easy to load up. The Develop Me! website was somewhere between the two in terms of complexity, I found it quite easy to use I knew their faces, so I was happy to approach them, and they recognised me as well. Most of the things that related to the serious aspect of University I found on the University of Bradford website. It was good to be able to find out about things any time of day.

11 Comments from Staff This [Develop Me!] is great. I am so pleased that you have set this up and its an easy way for me to talk to the new students and get to know them better They did seem a lot more self reliant with getting themselves registered and getting going with things. I thought I was too old to do all this [social networking] but its not as hard as you think and the students obviously seem to benefit from it

12 Key messages Cant get people on board until they see it working – need to take a risk and see what happens Branded social network [not FaceBook!] = less frivolity, more serious issues and posts Need to have someone there moderating every day on a little and often basis to welcome. Make people feel welcome and part of the community. Staff can be very reluctant to take a leap of faith into the unknown Technology has to be part of retention strategy – most students are using this so capitalise on it but not at the expense of alienating those who arent

13 Digital ethnography: u-sed Transfer of LLiDA areas into SaPRA HERE project with NTU & Bournemouth IT survey (May 2009) Design and implementation of new Student Experience Strategy Partnership intern posts Redesign of the academic year (!) Current/Future Work

14 University wide strategies for this type of work? –Lead responsibility has to be with senior manager Coherent implementation approach needs to be developed –Staff development needs to be taken seriously –Student engagement needs to be supported and nurtured Technological issues: support, access, training etc Institutional Implications

15 Discussion How can we best support learners in transition to new ways of studying, new expectations and new modes of technology use?


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