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Dr. James Brunton, Prof. Mark Brown, Dr. Eamon
Costello, Lorraine Delaney, Seamus Fox, Ciara Galvin
& Nuala Lonergan
Natio...
studentsuccess.ie
Project Plan
Analysis of Literature &
Analysis of Existing Tools
• Methodology
–Analysis of Literature: Systematic
Review (Torraco [200...
Analysis of Literature &
Analysis of Existing Tools
Thematic Tool Clusters
1. Course match
2. Preparation for Higher Educa...
(Draft) Toolbox
Where to From Here…
Digital Readiness Tools for Use in Supporting Flexible Learners: A Research and Development Transitions Project
Digital Readiness Tools for Use in Supporting Flexible Learners: A Research and Development Transitions Project
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Digital Readiness Tools for Use in Supporting Flexible Learners: A Research and Development Transitions Project

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This paper describes a funded research and development project that is currently a work in progress. The project addresses the problem of effective flexible learner transitions into Higher Education (HE), during the study-lifecycle’s initial stages. Flexible learners are defined, here, as adults engaged in part-time or online/distance learning. Enhancing the retention/completion rates of flexible learners is a significant problem both globally and within the Irish context (HEA 2012; Simpson 2005). Although the number of flexible learners in Ireland is low in comparison to other countries, at around 17% of undergraduates (HEA 2012), there are concerns about their ability to progress towards completion. Set against this backdrop, and with support from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education [http://teachingandlearning.ie], the project involves an initiative by four partner institutions to address this problem.

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Digital Readiness Tools for Use in Supporting Flexible Learners: A Research and Development Transitions Project

  1. 1. Dr. James Brunton, Prof. Mark Brown, Dr. Eamon Costello, Lorraine Delaney, Seamus Fox, Ciara Galvin & Nuala Lonergan National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University Digital Readiness Tools for Use in Supporting Flexible Learners: A Research and Development Transitions Project
  2. 2. studentsuccess.ie
  3. 3. Project Plan
  4. 4. Analysis of Literature & Analysis of Existing Tools • Methodology –Analysis of Literature: Systematic Review (Torraco [2005], Boote and Beile [2005], EPPI-Centre [2010]) –Analysis of Existing Tools: Intensive search of institution websites
  5. 5. Analysis of Literature & Analysis of Existing Tools Thematic Tool Clusters 1. Course match 2. Preparation for Higher Education 3. Orientation 4. Addressing personal circumstances 5. Community 6. Satisfactory student experience
  6. 6. (Draft) Toolbox
  7. 7. Where to From Here…

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