Extended Subject Specific Induction A multistranded approach to

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Extended Subject Specific Induction
A multistranded approach to early
student engagement, social integration
and student transition
Dr Julie Rattray
Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
School of Life Sciences
Glasgow Caledonian University
Project Background
Increasingly diverse student intake
Increased student numbers
• 05/06
• 09/10
117
182
Poor Year 1 retention rates
• 05/06
14% lost
Poor Year 1 module progression at first diet
• 05/06
60 – 70 %
The Extended Induction
Programme
Extended induction programmes have been advocated.
Management of transition is key to student engagement
and retention.
• Pre-induction activities
• Week 0 induction programme
• Core curriculum development and delivery
Refs
1.Yorke, M. and Longden, B. (2007) The first-year experience in higher education in the UK
(Report on Phase 1 of a project funded by the Higher Education Academy). Available from:
www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/york/
documents/ourwork/research/fye/web0573_the_first_year_experience.pdf [2 August 2007].
2.Thomas, L. et al. (2005) Smoothing the transition. Academy Exchange, 1, pp. 26-27.
3.Wingate, U. (2007) A Framework for Transition: Supporting ’Learning to Learn’ in Higher
Education. Higher Education Quarterly, 61 (3), pp. 391-405.
Objectives of Project
To design and implement an extended
induction programme which will engage and
empower students to take responsibility for
their transitional and learning experience.
• Audit previously delivered induction programme
• Use student feedback to design the extended induction
programme
• Incorporate elements of “Best Practice”
Refs
1. The STAR Project – Induction Audit – Available online from http://www.ulster.ac.uk/
star/resources/resources.htm (Accessed -3/6/2010)
2. Cook, A. and Rushton, BS., eds (2008) STAR projects: Embedding Good Practice.
University of Ulster, Coleraine . Available online from http://www.ulster.ac.uk/star/
resources/drafts.htm (Accessed -3/6/2010)
Key Features of Induction
• Early engagement
• Social integration and establishment of learning
communities
• Campus/Department orientation
• Administrative processes
• Programme/institutional information
• Student support information
• Transition to independent learning environment
• Appreciation of Academic Obligation
Refs
1. Forrester, G. et al. (2005) Going the distance: students’ experiences of induction
to distance learning in higher education. Journal of Further and Higher Education,
29, pp. 293-306
Pre-Induction Activities 1
BIORAMA
All applicants, parents, friends, enquirers
• Campus/Department orientation/tours
• Practical activities (lab based)
• Information and question sessions
• Staff and student guiders
• Student interviews
80-90% of registered students attend
interested in a career in . . . • Biomedical
Science • Human Nutrition & Dietetics •
Forensics • Food Bioscience •
Pharmacology BiORAMA
Pre-Induction Activities 2
Induction Pack Pick-Up
• All UOF students invited – personal invitation
• Programme Specific Induction Pack
• Meet and greet
• Staff and student guiders
• 6 sessions offered prior to Week 0
20% of registered students attended in Sept 09
INDUCTION PACK PICK UP
Want to meet your lecturers ?
Want to meet other students ?
KEEN TO MAKE A START ?
IF YOU ARE - YOU CAN PICK UP YOUR INDUCTION PACK (PRIOR TO
INDUCTION WEEK) AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES THURSDAY 27th AUGUST
MONDAY 31st AUGUST
WEDNESDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER
FRIDAY 4th SEPTEMBER
TUESDAY 8th SEPTEMBER
THURSDAY 10th SEPTEMBER
10 – 12pm
2 – 4pm
10 – 12pm
2 - 4pm
11 – 1pm
2 – 4pm
If you have any questions or need any further information
please feel free to contact Dr Julie Rattray,
Tel - 0141-331-3204, email – [email protected]
Room C226
Room C226
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Pre-Induction Activities 3
Learning Strategies Summer School – 09/10
• BSc Human Biology with Soc and Psy
• All UOF students on this programme invited
• 3 day programme covering the 3 degree
component areas (Bio, Soc and Psy)
• Subject specific learning strategies sessions
with emphasis on multidisciplinary approach
50% of registered students attended
Pre-Induction Activities
Developments for 2010
Development of programme specific pre-entry
websites
• Online Induction Packs
• Programme specific social network sites –
managed by student mentors/guiders
• Themed Vidcast and podcasts –
campus/department orientation, student
experiences, Top 10 Tips
Induction Week Activities 1
First Contact
• Departmental Welcome
• Core Year 1 staff and Academic Development Tutor
• Subject specific group activities – Bioethics
activities, problem solving games
• Programme information – “Bite Size - Need To
Know”
• Campus Orientation Quiz – with prizes !!
• Registration – student checks and matriculation
Mortgage and loan companies should have
access to your genetic records - they don’t
want to lend money to someone who might
get sick or die.
Induction Week Activities 2
Academic Development
• Case Studies
• Student Expectations
• Student Responsibilities
• Student Commitment
• Student Support
CASE STUDY
Susan is a GCU student. When the term started Susan
attended most of her classes. Now she can’t be
bothered. She gets her notes off Blackboard and reads
up some stuff in textbooks and other material. Susan
phones her friends all the time to find out what is going
on in class and ask them questions.
Susan has never spoken to any of the teaching staff
about her attendance, in spite of receiving
communication about this.
Susan manages to submit pieces of coursework on time.
She tends to leave her work to the last minute and is
often up all night finishing her assignments.
Induction Week Activities 3
Learning Skills
• Library induction – 30 minute overview
• IT induction – 1 hour overview - login, email,
VLE, setup problems
• Health and Safety – 1 hour - regulations,
requirements and sign off.
• Lab skills
Follow up worksheet/activities
Induction Week Activities 4
Induction Week Project
Lab based group exercise and poster presentation
Facilitated by student guiders/mentors
IT INDUCTION
GROUP
WORK
H&S INDUCTION
POSTER
PRESENTATION
LIBRARY INDUCTION
LAB
SKILLS
PEER SUPPORT
Induction Week Activities 5
Induction Consolidation
1. Academic Advisor meeting
• Organised meeting with academic advisor
• Induction Week Reflection – PDP file
• Core information check – PDP file
2. Turning Point Quiz
• General class questions
• Expectations
• Subject specific questions
I come from
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
West of Scotland
East of Scotland
Northern Scotland
England/Wales
Overseas
The number of hours I should spend
on independent study each week is
1.
2.
3.
4.
10
20
30
40
Which of the following features is first present
in the developing foetus at 4 months?
1.
2.
3.
4.
Webbed feet
Fingernails
A heart
A moustache
Induction Week Activities
Developments for 2010
• Adapt and integrate Week 0 Induction
programme into new University Academic
Calendar.
Core Curriculum Development
Introduction of Practical Skills Modules - Sept 2010
Key elements
• Integration of key skills into subject specific delivery
• Gradual assimilation of independent learning skills
• Portfolio of key skills – linked to subject specific goals
• Integration of Practical Skills modules, Personal
Development Planning and reflective practice.
Progress So Far
Positive student feedback
Improvement in student attendance
Student retention has improved
First diet module pass rates have improved
Academic Number of
Year
Students
05/06
117
Withdrawal/
Time Out
17 (14%)
First Diet Module
Pass Rate
65
67
65
06/07
07/08
146
151
23 (16%)
16 (10.5%)
58
68
67
73
80
82
08/09
09/10
159
182
13 (8%)
10 (5.5%)
79
85
70
85
89
91
Thanks to
Dr Karen Keith – SLS Lecturer
Dr Alistair Corbett – SLS Senior Lecturer
Nuala Toman – Former SLS Academic Development Tutor
BIO Year 1 students
GCU Scholars Programme
GCU Moving Forward Initiative

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