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‘A good start is half the
work’: Developing a MOOC
to aid flexible learner
transition into Higher
Education
James Brunton,...
Studentsuccess.ie
Lost in Transition Report
Eight Digital Readiness Tools
Eight Digital Readiness Tools
Eight Digital Readiness Tools
Do I Have Enough Time?
My First Assignment
Who Can I Ask?
Guide for Supporting Flexible
Learner Transition
Head Start Online: First Steps to
Flexible Study
Other MOOC Activities
Other MOOC Activities
Other MOOC Activities
Other MOOC Activities
Early Indications from Pilot
Early Indications from Pilot
Early Indications from Pilot
Early Indications from Pilot
Effectiveness of the Tools
“…it's [Time Management
Activity] actually a really
helpful piece of the course. I
think a lot ...
Effectiveness of the Tools
“…it's [Time Management
Activity] actually a really
helpful piece of the course. I
think a lot ...
Effectiveness of the Tools
Effectiveness of the Tools
Effectiveness of the Tools
Effectiveness of the Tools
Effectiveness of the Tools
Effectiveness of the Tools
Graduate Videos and Interaction
Graduate Videos and Interaction
Future Plans
Report
on Pilot
January
2017
‘A good start is half the work’: Developing a MOOC to aid flexible learner transition into Higher Education
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‘A good start is half the work’: Developing a MOOC to aid flexible learner transition into Higher Education

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This paper reports on a five week pre-induction socialisation MOOC designed to facilitate successful transition into Higher Education for flexible learners. In this context a broad definition is adopted of flexible learners, which includes adult learners engaged in part-time and/or online/distance education. Enhancing retention and completion rates of this group of flexible learners has become a significant problem throughout the world, especially with the growth of new models of online learning. Although the number of flexible learners in Ireland is relatively low in comparison to many other countries, around 17% of all undergraduates.

The MOOC targets prospective flexible learners during early parts of the study life-cycle, when they are considering entry into Higher Education, or have just made that decision and may benefit from advice about how to effectively prepare. The MOOC utilises a number of the digital readiness tools developed by the Student Success Toolbox project (studentsucess.ie) and combines these tools with supporting materials in order to deliver a comprehensive pre-induction socialisation course. The key areas of focus in the MOOC are to:
• Present information that aids in the creation of a realistic set of expectations about flexible learning in Higher Education, especially around the importance of time-management
• Facilitate prospective flexible learners in reflecting on their readiness for study in Higher Education
• Reduce anxiety by presenting reassuring messages
• Offer opportunities for socialisation with other prospective flexible learners
• Equip these prospective learners with advice and tools on how to effectively prepare for the educational journey ahead.

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‘A good start is half the work’: Developing a MOOC to aid flexible learner transition into Higher Education

  1. 1. ‘A good start is half the work’: Developing a MOOC to aid flexible learner transition into Higher Education James Brunton, Mark Brown, Eamon Costello, & Orna Farrell National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University
  2. 2. Studentsuccess.ie
  3. 3. Lost in Transition Report
  4. 4. Eight Digital Readiness Tools
  5. 5. Eight Digital Readiness Tools
  6. 6. Eight Digital Readiness Tools
  7. 7. Do I Have Enough Time?
  8. 8. My First Assignment
  9. 9. Who Can I Ask?
  10. 10. Guide for Supporting Flexible Learner Transition
  11. 11. Head Start Online: First Steps to Flexible Study
  12. 12. Other MOOC Activities
  13. 13. Other MOOC Activities
  14. 14. Other MOOC Activities
  15. 15. Other MOOC Activities
  16. 16. Early Indications from Pilot
  17. 17. Early Indications from Pilot
  18. 18. Early Indications from Pilot
  19. 19. Early Indications from Pilot
  20. 20. Effectiveness of the Tools “…it's [Time Management Activity] actually a really helpful piece of the course. I think a lot of people attempting to complete these degree courses will have to learn a lot about scheduling and time management in order to get the best out of the course, and themselves.” Martin
  21. 21. Effectiveness of the Tools “…it's [Time Management Activity] actually a really helpful piece of the course. I think a lot of people attempting to complete these degree courses will have to learn a lot about scheduling and time management in order to get the best out of the course, and themselves.” Martin
  22. 22. Effectiveness of the Tools
  23. 23. Effectiveness of the Tools
  24. 24. Effectiveness of the Tools
  25. 25. Effectiveness of the Tools
  26. 26. Effectiveness of the Tools
  27. 27. Effectiveness of the Tools
  28. 28. Graduate Videos and Interaction
  29. 29. Graduate Videos and Interaction
  30. 30. Future Plans Report on Pilot January 2017

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