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Develop Me Update

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Update on Develop Me! strand of Pathfinder project at the University of Bradford.

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Develop Me Update

  1. 1. Develop Me, Support Me, Inform Me An update on Develop Me Becka Currant Ruth Whitfield
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>What is Develop Me? </li></ul><ul><li>Why have online materials? </li></ul><ul><li>The Extended Student Model </li></ul><ul><li>Future developments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University wide online induction module </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is Develop Me? <ul><li>Develop Me! has grown out of a need from students to engage with the University prior to arrival </li></ul><ul><li>Led by the Learner Development Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is two fold: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>providing ‘safe’ space for students to meet (i.e. not in facebook!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support students in developing their skills through engagement with SaPRA and PDP process </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why have online materials? <ul><li>More and more students are telling us they want to engage with the University before they come [source annual FYE questionnaire] </li></ul><ul><li>Many have internet access and want to access materials during August </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘Bradford dynamic’ means we need to encourage cross peer group socialisation on arrival and prior to arrival </li></ul>
  5. 5. Extended Student Model <ul><li>Focus of Pathfinder Project (strand 1) </li></ul><ul><li>Replicating good practice at other institutions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bournemouth, Sunderland, Warwick </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overall objective to enable effective transition and initial engagement with institution </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence based approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work stems from research in sector including STAR, 2006; Yorke, 1997; Longden and Yorke, 2007; Harvey and Drew, 2006; Tinto, 1999 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Embedding LDU within mainstream activities of University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for students pre-arrival </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for staff during induction and first few weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding of SaPRA within institution </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Develop Me! Online <ul><li>Academic: </li></ul><ul><li>Early engagement with academic materials and development of academic skills </li></ul><ul><li>Completion of SaPRA to identify levels of confidence and develop action plan to reflect on with personal tutor and evidence in PDP </li></ul><ul><li>Social: </li></ul><ul><li>Start process of making links with peers on courses and other students in University </li></ul><ul><li>Share hopes, fears and concerns about starting course </li></ul><ul><li>Identify challenges and find answers to burning questions </li></ul>Primary objective to enable students to manage process of transition in both academic and social terms
  7. 7. Develop Me! Online <ul><li>Located in Moodle for 07/08 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Issues with access to University systems prior to enrolment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Safe’ space for students to share experiences (unlike Facebook) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 areas of content: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SaPRA online </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion forums </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Develop Me! Online materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Complementary web based materials to support development of skills </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Private areas for discussions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students have to register to access SaPRA and discussion areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forums broken into different areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student led forums e.g. international students, mature students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff led forums e.g Learner Support Services forums, Hub forums etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>To date [6 Feb 2008] over 2433 unique visitors (NB: site is open access so not all UoB students/staff) </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1000 students have completed SaPRA </li></ul>Develop Me! Online
  9. 9. Develop Me! Online <ul><li>Successes </li></ul><ul><li>Early access to materials </li></ul><ul><li>Access to SaPRA more effective </li></ul><ul><li>Clear links with PDP process </li></ul><ul><li>Early focus on developing skills and evidencing competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Limited use of discussion forums (due to Facebook?) </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of engagement from Hub in answering questions </li></ul><ul><li>Needs embedding within main University website to encourage web traffic </li></ul>
  10. 10. Develop Me! Online – The Future <ul><li>Significant interest from HE sector in approach </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive work on learning materials completed as part of Pathfinder project </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of linked ‘podlets’ to enhance learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive evaluation of materials and concept (HEA funded project) </li></ul><ul><li>Issues of where to host materials for 2008 onwards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SaPRA migrated into PebblePad </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to do with discussion forums? Currently investigating stripped down, more student friendly home in Blackboard with links to open access web materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of Virtual Hub and Online Induction module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School based material e.g. Informatics extra </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Online Induction Module <ul><li>Pilot activity for 08/09 intake within 4 academic faculties and local partner schools: </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to provide materials online rather than paper format </li></ul><ul><li>Enable early access to IT facilities in order to engage with materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private ‘safe’ space for discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Majority of information web based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic links between materials already available (School based, prospectus, generic materials, local interest materials) and new material </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Additional focus on developing health and safety materials to enable assessment of knowledge prior to arrival </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>All new students to have access to IT facilities prior to arrival </li></ul><ul><li>Information to be provided in electronic format UNLESS student opts in to receiving paper based materials </li></ul><ul><li>Working group established between Learner Support Services and Marketing to update Develop Me! aspects of material and ensure cohesion between central areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Mock up of ‘student friendly’ page in Blackboard (March 2008) to guide decision making process on what tool to use </li></ul>Decisions Taken
  13. 13. Check it out! <ul><li>www.brad.ac.uk/developme </li></ul><ul><li>Give us some feedback and let us know what you think! </li></ul>

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