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Develop Me Update

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Update on Develop Me! strand of Pathfinder project at the University of Bradford.

Update on Develop Me! strand of Pathfinder project at the University of Bradford.

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  • 1. Develop Me, Support Me, Inform Me An update on Develop Me Becka Currant Ruth Whitfield
  • 2. Overview
    • What is Develop Me?
    • Why have online materials?
    • The Extended Student Model
    • Future developments
      • University wide online induction module
  • 3. What is Develop Me?
    • Develop Me! has grown out of a need from students to engage with the University prior to arrival
    • Led by the Learner Development Unit
    • Focus is two fold:
      • providing ‘safe’ space for students to meet (i.e. not in facebook!)
      • Support students in developing their skills through engagement with SaPRA and PDP process
  • 4. Why have online materials?
    • More and more students are telling us they want to engage with the University before they come [source annual FYE questionnaire]
    • Many have internet access and want to access materials during August
    • The ‘Bradford dynamic’ means we need to encourage cross peer group socialisation on arrival and prior to arrival
  • 5. Extended Student Model
    • Focus of Pathfinder Project (strand 1)
    • Replicating good practice at other institutions:
      • Bournemouth, Sunderland, Warwick
    • Overall objective to enable effective transition and initial engagement with institution
    • Evidence based approach
      • Work stems from research in sector including STAR, 2006; Yorke, 1997; Longden and Yorke, 2007; Harvey and Drew, 2006; Tinto, 1999
    • Embedding LDU within mainstream activities of University
      • Support for students pre-arrival
      • Support for staff during induction and first few weeks
      • Embedding of SaPRA within institution
  • 6. Develop Me! Online
    • Academic:
    • Early engagement with academic materials and development of academic skills
    • Completion of SaPRA to identify levels of confidence and develop action plan to reflect on with personal tutor and evidence in PDP
    • Social:
    • Start process of making links with peers on courses and other students in University
    • Share hopes, fears and concerns about starting course
    • Identify challenges and find answers to burning questions
    Primary objective to enable students to manage process of transition in both academic and social terms
  • 7. Develop Me! Online
    • Located in Moodle for 07/08
      • Issues with access to University systems prior to enrolment
      • ‘ Safe’ space for students to share experiences (unlike Facebook)
      • 3 areas of content:
        • SaPRA online
        • Discussion forums
        • Develop Me! Online materials
    • Complementary web based materials to support development of skills
  • 8.
    • Private areas for discussions:
      • Students have to register to access SaPRA and discussion areas
      • Forums broken into different areas
        • Student led forums e.g. international students, mature students
        • Staff led forums e.g Learner Support Services forums, Hub forums etc
    • To date [6 Feb 2008] over 2433 unique visitors (NB: site is open access so not all UoB students/staff)
    • Over 1000 students have completed SaPRA
    Develop Me! Online
  • 9. Develop Me! Online
    • Successes
    • Early access to materials
    • Access to SaPRA more effective
    • Clear links with PDP process
    • Early focus on developing skills and evidencing competencies
    • Challenges
    • Limited use of discussion forums (due to Facebook?)
    • Lack of engagement from Hub in answering questions
    • Needs embedding within main University website to encourage web traffic
  • 10. Develop Me! Online – The Future
    • Significant interest from HE sector in approach
    • Extensive work on learning materials completed as part of Pathfinder project
    • Creation of linked ‘podlets’ to enhance learning experience
    • Extensive evaluation of materials and concept (HEA funded project)
    • Issues of where to host materials for 2008 onwards
      • SaPRA migrated into PebblePad
      • What to do with discussion forums? Currently investigating stripped down, more student friendly home in Blackboard with links to open access web materials
      • Development of Virtual Hub and Online Induction module
      • School based material e.g. Informatics extra
  • 11. Online Induction Module
    • Pilot activity for 08/09 intake within 4 academic faculties and local partner schools:
    • Commitment to provide materials online rather than paper format
    • Enable early access to IT facilities in order to engage with materials
      • Private ‘safe’ space for discussions
      • Majority of information web based
      • Strategic links between materials already available (School based, prospectus, generic materials, local interest materials) and new material
    • Additional focus on developing health and safety materials to enable assessment of knowledge prior to arrival
  • 12.
    • All new students to have access to IT facilities prior to arrival
    • Information to be provided in electronic format UNLESS student opts in to receiving paper based materials
    • Working group established between Learner Support Services and Marketing to update Develop Me! aspects of material and ensure cohesion between central areas.
    • Mock up of ‘student friendly’ page in Blackboard (March 2008) to guide decision making process on what tool to use
    Decisions Taken
  • 13. Check it out!
    • www.brad.ac.uk/developme
    • Give us some feedback and let us know what you think!

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