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Dr. Rachel Menzies, School of Computing
MIND THE GAP
Transitioning from School to University
2/26/2015 1
Why Me?
• Lecturer in School of
Computing
• Winner of Honorary
Graduates Award for
Inclusive Practice
• Interests: transit...
Student Application Routes
2/26/2015 3
BSc (Hons) Applied Computing
(Games)
2/26/2015 4
Challenges
• Less confidence
• No sense of “belonging”
• Lack of family support / experience
2/26/2015 5
Data Visualisation Exhibition
• Enhanced confidence
• Improved sense of
“belonging”
• Surrogate family
support
2/26/2015 6
£1000 Award
• Continuation of the end-of-term exhibition
• Implementation of peer instruction, a flipped
classroom methodo...
Successes
• Extending the
flipped
classroom to
other modules
in other years
• Comparable
exam marks
2/26/2015 8
Conclusion
2/26/2015 9
Email: r.menzies@dundee.ac.uk
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Mind the Gap: Transitioning from School to University

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In recent years, university students form an increasingly diverse group with different skills, motivations and backgrounds. In this talk I will provide examples of achievement and early success that help students to build support networks and find their own identity within a large student class.

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Mind the Gap: Transitioning from School to University

  1. 1. Dr. Rachel Menzies, School of Computing MIND THE GAP Transitioning from School to University 2/26/2015 1
  2. 2. Why Me? • Lecturer in School of Computing • Winner of Honorary Graduates Award for Inclusive Practice • Interests: transitions, widening access, peer instruction 2/26/2015 2
  3. 3. Student Application Routes 2/26/2015 3
  4. 4. BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (Games) 2/26/2015 4
  5. 5. Challenges • Less confidence • No sense of “belonging” • Lack of family support / experience 2/26/2015 5
  6. 6. Data Visualisation Exhibition • Enhanced confidence • Improved sense of “belonging” • Surrogate family support 2/26/2015 6
  7. 7. £1000 Award • Continuation of the end-of-term exhibition • Implementation of peer instruction, a flipped classroom methodology 2/26/2015 7
  8. 8. Successes • Extending the flipped classroom to other modules in other years • Comparable exam marks 2/26/2015 8
  9. 9. Conclusion 2/26/2015 9 Email: r.menzies@dundee.ac.uk

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