Learning Group: Using Social Networks  to Support Students Becka Currant, Dean of Students University of Bradford  UK
Objectives/Activities <ul><li>Discuss questions! </li></ul><ul><li>Share experiences and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Develop s...
Central question <ul><li>Does providing an online space for students to meet each other prior to arrival help with the pro...
Context <ul><li>Providing a social space for students to meet each other prior to arrival helps with transition.  </li></u...
What is Develop Me! Meet and chat online <ul><li>Expectations survey </li></ul><ul><li>First Year Experience questionnaire...
Central question <ul><li>Does providing an online space for students to meet each other prior to arrival help with the pro...
Additional Questions… <ul><li>How can universities develop university wide strategies for the use of social media? </li></...
More information <ul><li>Literature review into the use of technology to improve the learner experience at points of trans...
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  • Develop Me! The Develop Me! model was first piloted in 2006. Since then it has grown considerably in response to feedback from staff and students. Develop Me! currently consists of five different strands. These are: A social network hosted in ning and found online at http://developme.ning.com SaPRA : our in-house Skills and Personal Development Activity. SaPRA focuses on helping students to identify their levels of confidence in different skill areas such as academic reading, academic writing, communication skills and so on. SaPRA utilises PebblePad. More information about SaPRA can be found on our website. Online skills development resources . These resources provide 24/7 help and support to students who have identified that they need to develop a particular skill area. Students interact with the resources in a number of different ways for example as a result of a 121 intervention with an LDU adviser, after completing SaPRA or after attending an LDU workshop. Mobile Guides . The mobile guides are available at www.braduni.mobi and provide students with information about the University in an easy to access format. We are currently pursuing the idea of creating a iPhone app that users can download onto their iPhones or iPod touches. This will be followed up with versions for windows based devices in the near future. Research into the Student Experience . We have been actively researching the student experience at Bradford since 2005. This research has been fundamental to the implementation and refinement of the Develop Me! approach. Without regular feedback from the student body I would feel less confident that our approach was meeting the needs of students. However because we have such an open dialogue with the student body I am confident that what we are doing is meeting their needs and doing so in a way that they want it to be done. Many Universities have developed social networks in the last few years, but I am especially proud of the way in which we have done this at Bradford as it’s been truly student led.
  • Online spaces for transition becka currant

    1. 1. Learning Group: Using Social Networks to Support Students Becka Currant, Dean of Students University of Bradford UK
    2. 2. Objectives/Activities <ul><li>Discuss questions! </li></ul><ul><li>Share experiences and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Develop support networks </li></ul>
    3. 3. Central question <ul><li>Does providing an online space for students to meet each other prior to arrival help with the process of transition? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Context <ul><li>Providing a social space for students to meet each other prior to arrival helps with transition. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Me! has been extensively reviewed and evaluated by a number of externally funded projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Student and staff feedback is very positive </li></ul><ul><li>Our retention rates have increased since it was introduced </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is Develop Me! Meet and chat online <ul><li>Expectations survey </li></ul><ul><li>First Year Experience questionnaire </li></ul><ul><li>Student experience research </li></ul>Meet and chat, pre-entry activities developme.ning.com Online resources www.bradford.ac.uk/developme Skills tracking Mobile guides www.braduni.mobi Student voice
    6. 6. Central question <ul><li>Does providing an online space for students to meet each other prior to arrival help with the process of transition? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Additional Questions… <ul><li>How can universities develop university wide strategies for the use of social media? </li></ul><ul><li>What additional support might be needed? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we best support learners in transition to new ways of studying, new expectations and new modes of technology use? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we ensure this type of approach is inclusive? </li></ul>
    8. 8. More information <ul><li>Literature review into the use of technology to improve the learner experience at points of transition </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/rcurrant/how-can-technology-be-used-to-improve-the-learner-experience-at-points-of-transition </li></ul>

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