Staff briefing document

Report
Online induction – 2013
Christine Hardy, A&D & Ed Foster, NTU Library
Outcomes
• How this work fits into induction & the wider Starting at NTU
initiative
• Student feedback from 2012
• Guidance for course teams on each of the pages
• Good practice in pre-entry activities
• Deadlines 2013
– Take a short break after 30 minutes
• How to upload content using Rythmyx – a practical refresher
session from Digital Marketing
• Questions and problem solving
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 transition
• Tinto (1993)
– Academic transition
– Social transition
– 3 stages – separation, transition, integration
• Tinto interested in integration (later student engagement) which
arises through interplay of
– Pre-entry experiences & education
– Goals and motivation
– Institutional experience
Transition through the Student Lifecycle
Aspiration
Raising
Employment
Pre entry
&
Admission
Moving
through
the
course
Initial
Induction
First year
HEFCE Student lifecycle (2001)
www.NTU.ac.uk/StartingAtNTU
Starting at NTU:
Aims
• Since 2011, functions as a one stop shop for students to:
–
–
–
–
–
Complete enrolment & booking accommodation
Some advice & guidance
Series of videos
Social media
Complete the pre-entry stage of their course inductions
• Overall aim
– Ease transition into HE
– Re-engage students with the subject they’ve chosen
– Help complete compulsory processes
Welcome Week & Initial Induction
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 networks
• Primarily with students, but also reassurance of knowing staff
– To see in advance the course induction timetable
• Now through Starting at NTU
– To understand the nature of learning and teaching & be reassured that
they’ll cope
• Structure – course & physical orientation to the campus
• Learning and teaching
• Support
– To understand how the course would benefit them in the future
• Less mentioned in 2012
– To have a timetable fit around other commitments
• Far less important and scarcely mentioned in 2012
Welcome Week 2013
•Welcome to NTU
– Monday 23 September
– Same essential structure as 2013
– Freshers Fairs, Sunday Social, Saturday
Antics
•Changes
– Directly recruiting ‘Network’ Reps
– Community of scholars
• Induction outside the classroom
• Funded opportunities to show off
– Earlier activities during the first weekend
– More small scale activities throughout the
week
Extended induction
Extended Induction
(Cook & Rushton (2008))
• Nobody is fully inducted by the end of the first week
– Despite the logistical convenience
• So 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?
Student Feedback 2012
Student satisfaction with their initial experience
at NTU (2005 - 2012)
(% indicates 4 or 5 out of 5 for satisfaction)
100%
Living in NTU Halls of residence
95%
Total responses
90%
Students aged 16-21
85%
UK student
80%
Students with declared disability
75%
Living in other residence
Black, Minority Ethnic students
70%
Students aged 22+
65%
Students from outside the UK
60%
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Did you look at the starting at NTU
website?
15%
Yes
No
85%
How useful were the web pages for...
350
300
250
Helping you understand
what life at university
would be like
Helping you complete the
essential stages necessary
to start university
Helping you get ready for
Welcome Week
200
150
100
50
0
1 (not at all
useful)
2
3
4
5 (very
useful)
N/A (Did
not
experience)
How useful were the online course induction
materials for helping you to do the following?
350
300
250
200
Understand what your course
would be like
150
Feel that you are part of the
course community
100
50
0
1 (not at all
useful)
2
3
4
5 (very
useful)
N/A (Did
not
experience)
How satisfied were you with the
information sent to you about your
timetable?
350
300
250
200
Course induction timetable
150
Term time timetable
100
50
0
1 (very
dissatisfied)
2
3
4
5 (very N/A (Did not
satisfied)
receive)
Did you engage with any of NTU's social media
(Facebook, Twitter etc) before or during
Welcome Week?
18%
Yes
No
82%
Overall, how satisfied were you with NTU's
social media? (n=703)
450
400
350
300
250
200
150
100
50
0
Very satisfied Fairly satisfied
Neither
satisfied nor
dissatisfied
Fairly
dissatisfied
Very
dissatisfied
Main issue from 2012
• Communications
– In 2012, central only
– Anecdotal evidence that fewer students attended inductions
– Concerns about students not completing pre-entry activities
• Recommended actions
– Return to School/ Course communication to students about induction
– Pointing out the importance of looking at Starting at NTU
– Central communications to be sharpened up
– Starting at NTU guide
– Starting at NTU web pages & emails
Starting at NTU Course Induction Pages
& pre-arrival activities
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 August
• All induction pages to be finally uploaded by Digital Marketing, early
inductions will be uploaded first
• All content needs to be uploaded to Rythmyx by this date
– (please note that this includes the course induction timetable)
Starting at NTU pages
• Written by the course team
• My Course (5-600 words)
– Welcome from the course leader & team
– Course description
– First year module list
– Course design
• Pre-arrival induction activity (5-600
words)
– Introduction
– Purpose of the activity
– Description of what students need to do
– How the activity will be integrated into the
course induction
– Contact details
• Course induction timetable
Written by the LTC
• My learning
• Assessment
• Academic support
Pre-arrival activities
• Research task
– Bournemouth University nursing
• Engaging with the literature
– Biological Sciences
• Note: 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 networking
– Most students are wary at this stage and tend to lurk rather than engage
• Key questions about the discipline
– Visual diary, engaging with media, write a short (250 words) research paper
Good practice
• Use it to model behaviour you want students to engage with
– But keep it relatively light
• Ensure that it is tied into the induction
– Use this as lesson in HE
• Do the related activity later in induction week
– To give students time to catch up if they haven’t done the task before arriving
– So they’ll need warning in your first session
Thanks very much

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