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Use these Digital Readiness/Preparation Tools to Support your
New Flexible Learners!
Dr James Brunton, Prof. Mark Brown, D...
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Use these Digital Readiness/Preparation Tools to Support your New Flexible Learners!

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Objective: This poster presents a suite of openly available digital readiness/preparation

tools, created by the Student Success Toolbox project, which can be used by programme

teams/institutions, to address 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

retention and completion rates of this group is a problem both globally and within the Irish

context. Method: This poster presents a summary of how each tool can be utilised, along

with links to further online information, along with the tool itself. Result: Eight tools have

been created, based on an analysis of existing literature and tools used internationally, along

with a guide to supporting new flexible learners, which will inform institutions/discipline

teams on how to effectively deploy these tools. This poster aids in the dissemination of the

tools, and related guide, as well as highlighting other dissemination events. Conclusion: This

project provides resources to institutions/discipline teams to help them support flexible learners through key transitions in the early stages of the study-lifecycle.

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Use these Digital Readiness/Preparation Tools to Support your New Flexible Learners!

  1. 1. Use these Digital Readiness/Preparation Tools to Support your New Flexible Learners! Dr James Brunton, Prof. Mark Brown, Dr. Eamon Costello, Lorraine Delaney & Seamus Fox, Ciara Galvin & Nuala Lonergan Open Education Unit, National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University, Ireland Am I Ready For Study Prospective flexible learners are presented with the opportunity to reflect and self-assess , through a readiness quiz, if they are ready to commit to online study. How Much Time Do I Have? A self-reflective ‘Calculator’ where prospective students are supported in thinking about the amount of time they spend on different activities during a typical week and how much spare time they might have to allocate to study. Who Can I Ask? Offers prospective flexible learners the opportunity to think about their support network and how they might garner support to help them successfully complete their studies. My Computer Skills Through the guidance of a student narrator, prospective flexible learners are informed of the technology, and necessary computer skills, needed in higher education. My First Assignment Prospective flexible learners navigate through a narrative relating to what it is like to plan out and develop a first assignment in higher education. Get Ready To Learn This five week online course provides prospective flexible learners with key messages about how to prepare for studying at higher education level as a flexible learner. Study Tips For Me This tool is designed to provide support for flexible learners from other flexible learners, using a Tumblr based platform. Online Orientation This tool is created as a guide for those who wish to create an online orientation. This guide describes the elements that should be present in an effective online orientation, and allows users of the tool to build up a plan for how they would create an online orientation. For further information please email james.brunton@dcu.ie Website & Twitter: studentsuccess.ie - @FLSuccess Runtime: February 2015 – January 2016 Supported / Co-funded by: National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning / Fund for Building Digital Capacity - €254K Partners: National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University (Lead partner), Dundalk Institute of Technology, Maynooth University, Sligo Institute of Technology

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