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JISC infoNet short presentation on Transition to HE


A short presentation on JISC infoNet and resources relating to the Transition to Higher Education.

A short presentation on JISC infoNet and resources relating to the Transition to Higher Education.

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  • My name is Janette Hillicks and I am a Researcher/Analyst at JISC infoNet. I am going to give you a very brief overview of some transition activity that we have become familiar with, but first a little bit about the service…
  • JISC infoNet is an advisory service that comes under the JISC Advance umbrella.This is us, you may, or may not recognise some of my colleagues here. We have a range of experiences and expertise across the education sector. Feel free to visit our website at to find out more about our interests and how we might be able to help you.
  • In the briefest of terms JISC infoNet helps colleagues in UK colleges and universities to plan, manage and use technology so your organisation can deliver excellent quality learning, teaching and research.  We offer a wealth of online resources and also facilitate and present at workshops, and other events.  
  • Our online resources are called infoKits – The infoKits contain a wealth of 'self-help' material, such as simple methodologies to manage projects, risk and change, as well as landscape views of the sector to encourage creativity, from image galleries of inspiring buildings to soundbites from learners engaged with e-portfolios. They also include a range of case studies that give wide exposure to practice that has been applied in the further and higher education sectors.
  • I’d like to give a brief overview of some of the activity around e-portfolios that I hope you might find useful and relevant.
  • Our infoKit is one of a collection of resources on e-portfolios and covers the main drivers, purposes, processes, perspectives and issues around e-portfolio use
  • The resource includes a collection of case studies from across the education sectors on the use of e-portfolios. The collection can be accessed in a number of different ways by the reader, depending on their area of interest – including by location and category.
  • The individual case studies provide the stories behind the different experiences of projects chronicling their e-portfolio journey.
  • e-Portfolios can prove a useful tool when used in the support of the transitioning of students. The infoKit gives some context to this area and using case studies and audio soundbites, highlights experience within the education sectors.
  • A recent JISC project that examines e-portfolio journeys from an institutional point of view provides additional e-portfolio experiences from the UK and further afield. Here we reference the case of Bradford with regard to their use of e-portfolios to support transition to higher education.
  • As a national service we regularly hear about the wide and varied activity going on across the sectors with regard to transition to higher education and I’ve illustrated a few examples on this slide.For instance at Durham University they’re setting up Blackboard mentors for applicants, helping to ease the transition.At Keele they’re engaging with schools and nurturing relationships with young people in local communities who may not traditionally have considered that higher education might play a part in their future.Get Ahead, Stay Ahead is Birkbeck’s website for new and prospective students and provides a host of tools and tips to help to meet the challenges of the transition into higher education Further information on some of the work undertaken on Student Engagement and Retention and the transition into Higher Education can be found within JISC’s work on Building Capacity - media is playing a part in helping to support and mentor students through their respective journeys by engaging with applicants and building on this virtual relationship through the offer phase and into enrolment and beyond.The Shock Absorber Project is a collaborative venture between Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Liverpool and Stockport College under the National Teaching Fellowship scheme. It’s a toolkit focused on acclimatising students to the Higher Education (HE) environment and meeting the challenge of a first written assignment. It addresses and embeds skills relating to confidence, knowledge and scholarship. It is expected that the venture will have a positive effect on retention rates.
  • Here are some of the links that we’ve covered in this short presentation.
  • I’ve only had a very short space of time here to cover transition to HE and share some of the useful tools and real-life experiences that are available to you. I hope that after this session you might find the time to explore some of the information provided here.Don’t hesitate to contact us, Jacquie and I, and indeed our colleagues at JISC infoNet are happy to help, if we can.Thank you.


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  • 12. promoting good practice, inspiring innovationLinksJISC infoNet – infoNet Team - - - Case Studies - infoKit section on Transition - infoKit section on Application – Building Capacity – – e-Portfolio Implementation Toolkit – https://www.epip.pbworks.comBirkbeck, University of London – Get Ahead, Stay Ahead Absorber –
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