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Using an e-portfolio to assist first year students through their transition into higher education


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26 August 2009

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  •   Phil Alberts, Brunel
  • Funded by West London Lifelong Learning Network
  • To east transition of non-traditional & mature students into first year studies
  • E-learning experience extending the notion of a bridging course
  •  Students invited at end of July 2008, initially West London but extended to all UK
  • 125 responses, participation entirely voluntary. Some students had conditional acceptances so did not all end up at Brunel
  •   Mailed complimentary memory sticky containing tutorials and log-on details
  • Three intervention -  1) ‘Getting started with u-LINK (VLE)’ - students said gave them confidence, useful to work at own pace 2) Higher Education Preparation - core skills e.g. ‘Note-making strategies’ most popular 3) ‘Personal Development Programme with e-portfolio’
  • Showed example of introductory message and home page
  • Weekly activities from the advisor team, discussion tools and topics, way to make suggestions, creative and strategic thinking tools, etc.  
  • Participation in GetPROGRESSive. 
  • Quantitative evidence of engagement constantly reviewed - participation rates and size of e-portfoilio
  • Students quite involved in demands of academic programmes, but project team continued to organise events to keep people on board
  •  Participation couldn’t be supported by lecturers as not everybody partipating
  •  Project evaluation: Used life grid technique to create retrospective data
  • Indications retention positively affected by comparison of participating and non-participating students
  • Also compared first year performance and progression between the participating and non-participating groups
  • Students need encouragement - don’t always realise value of e-portfolio
  • Pattern - students explored everything came back when remembered something useful
  • Comment from audience: Were patterns dues to self-selection or to the e-portfolios?


Juliette Culver
10:41 on 9 September 2009

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