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Making Better Choices: Self-regulative Tools for Flexible Learner Success

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This paper describes two online readiness tools designed to help prospective students make better choices. These tools were developed to address the problem of effective flexible learner transitions into higher and continuing education. They target adult learners engaged in part-time or online/distance education during the initial stages of the study-lifecycle. Enhancing retention and completion rates of this group of life-long learners is a growing concern. After undertaking an audit of the range of institutional tools and supports available from traditional online/distance education providers, a Design-based research methodology was adopted to select, design and develop a total of eight online student readiness tools. The “Am I Ready for Study” and “Do I have Enough Time” tools outlined in this paper were based on a set of guiding principles, which seek to promote self-regulation as a core foundation for student success in the transition to higher education.

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Making Better Choices: Self-regulative Tools for Flexible Learner Success

  1. 1. Prof. Mark Brown, Dr. James Brunton, Dr. Eamon Costello, Lorraine Delaney, Seamus Fox National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University Making Better Choices: Self-regulative Tools for Flexible Learner Success
  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 Am I Ready for Study?
  7. 7. Am I Ready for Study?
  8. 8. Am I Ready for Study?
  9. 9. Self Regulation – e.g How Much Work is it?
  10. 10. How Much Work is it?
  11. 11. How Much Work is it?
  12. 12. Personalisation – e.g. My First Assignment
  13. 13. Voice of Other Learners - e.g. My Computer Skills
  14. 14. Voice of Other Learners - e.g. How Much Work is it?
  15. 15. Voice of Other Learners - e.g. Who Can I Ask?
  16. 16. Voice of Other Learners - e.g. Study Tips for Me Study Lfe Cycle (Brown 2014)
  17. 17. Point of Need Study Life Cycle (Brown 2014)
  18. 18. Customisation – https://github.com/studentsuccesstoolbox/StudentSuccessToolbox
  19. 19. Get Ready for Success
  20. 20. Help us out! IMS Global Learning Impact Awards http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2703275/Learning-Impact-Awards-2016-Public
  21. 21. 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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