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Dr. James Brunton, Prof. Mark Brown, Dr. Eamon
Costello, Lorraine Delaney, Seamus Fox
National Institute for Digital Learn...
About the Project
What we set out to do…
• Enhance success of flexible learners
• Develop eight digital readiness tools –
...
studentsuccess.ie
@FLSuccess
The Toolbox
Key Principles
Student
Success
Self
Regulation
PersonalisationCustomisation
Point
of Need
Voice of
Other Learners
Self Regulation –
e.g How Much Work is it?
Personalisation –
e.g. My First Assignment
Voice of Other Learners
- e.g. My Computer Skills
Voice of Other Learners
- e.g. How Much Work is it?
Point of Need
Study Life Cycle (Brown 2014)
Customisation –
https://github.com/studentsuccesstoolbox/StudentSuccessToolbox
Get Ready for Success
Help us out! IMS Global Learning
Impact Awards
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2703275/Learning-Impact-Awards-2016-Public
Student Success Toolbox Project Team
Dr James Brunton (DCU), Prof Mark Brown (DCU), Ann Cleary (DKIT), Dr Eamon Costello (...
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Making and Sharing OERs that Facilitate Successful Transition into Higher Education for Flexible Learners

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This paper reports on a project that has sought, through the production of OERs, to address the problem of effective transitions and the foundations for student success during initial stages of the study lifecycle, with a specific focus on flexible learners. Drawing on the literature, the experience of major international providers, and a set of overarching guiding principles, this project adopted a design-based methodology (Reeves, 2006; Wany & Hannafin, 2005) to develop eight digital readiness/preparation OERs, along with a guide to supporting new flexible learners, which will inform institutions/discipline teams on how to effectively augment and deploy these OERs. The tools were developed by taking tools that already existed in this space and: taking inspiration from them; augmenting them; and improving upon them in order to produce this project’s set of tools. This project’s OERs are available under the most open Creative Commons License. Enhancing retention and completion rates of flexible learners, defined here as undergraduate adult, part-time and online/distance students, is a significant problem. In the Irish context undergraduate part-time students represent 17% of all undergraduates (HEA 2012). Gallie (2005) notes that some reports put student attrition in online distance education delivery to be as high as 80%. This tallies with the UK Open University’s reported completion/graduation rate of around 22% (Woodley and Simpson 2014), as compared to a (British) national graduation rate of 39% for part-time students. A premise of the project is that the foundations for student success are laid early in the study lifecycle (Armstrong, 2015), and that insufficient attention has been given in the literature and within institutions to the importance of the period before learners formally commence their studies. A related underlying assumption is that this crucial transition period may be enhanced by the availability of appropriately designed digital readiness and preparation OERs, which help to scaffold prospective students and those about to embark on part time or online/distance study for the first time. This project is funded by the (Irish) National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (http://teachingandlearning.ie), and involves four Irish Higher Education partners.

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Making and Sharing OERs that Facilitate Successful Transition into Higher Education for Flexible Learners

  1. 1. Dr. James Brunton, Prof. Mark Brown, Dr. Eamon Costello, Lorraine Delaney, Seamus Fox National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University Making and Sharing OERs that Facilitate Successful Transition into Higher Education for Flexible Learners
  2. 2. About the Project What we set out to do… • Enhance success of flexible learners • Develop eight digital readiness tools – OERs (CC-BY) to be shared with programme teams/institutions • Undertake synthesis of literature • Undertake an institutional audit • Peer and flexible learner feedback
  3. 3. studentsuccess.ie @FLSuccess
  4. 4. The Toolbox
  5. 5. Key Principles Student Success Self Regulation PersonalisationCustomisation Point of Need Voice of Other Learners
  6. 6. Self Regulation – e.g How Much Work is it?
  7. 7. Personalisation – e.g. My First Assignment
  8. 8. Voice of Other Learners - e.g. My Computer Skills
  9. 9. Voice of Other Learners - e.g. How Much Work is it?
  10. 10. Point of Need Study Life Cycle (Brown 2014)
  11. 11. Customisation – https://github.com/studentsuccesstoolbox/StudentSuccessToolbox
  12. 12. Get Ready for Success
  13. 13. Help us out! IMS Global Learning Impact Awards http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2703275/Learning-Impact-Awards-2016-Public
  14. 14. Student Success Toolbox Project Team Dr James Brunton (DCU), Prof Mark Brown (DCU), Ann Cleary (DKIT), Dr Eamon Costello (DCU), Lorraine Delaney (DCU), Seamus Fox (DCU), Jennifer Gilligan (IT Sligo), Brian Mulligan (IT Sligo), Lisa O’Regan (MU), Jamie Ward (DKIT)

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