FYI (online): supporting the student learning journey from near and far

Noble, Karen and Henderson, Robyn and Pauley, Ron (2012) FYI (online): supporting the student learning journey from near and far. International Journal of Learning Technology, 7 (3). pp. 234-245. ISSN 1477-8386

Abstract

Across universities, a plethora of approaches has been designed to initiate beginning students into higher education. This paper describes a particular approach, the FYI programme, which operates in the faculty of education of an Australian university. Using a learning circle approach, the programme privileges relationships and social support. Importantly, this programme operates in the spaces between courses and brings first year students together, regardless of the courses they are enrolled in. The on-campus programme offers evidence of tangible impacts upon the quality of participants’ interactions, relationships and friendships and their commitment to complete their undergraduate student learning journey. Following three years of on-campus delivery, the programme is now being piloted in the online environment to support students enrolled in blended and fully-online study modes. The initial perspectives of academic and support staff as well as students inform initial critical reflection on the programme’s design and delivery. The article concludes that, regardless of access and mode of study, high quality interactions with peers and academic staff in an informal context is vital to the building of enhanced capacity for higher education students.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Inderscience).
Depositing User: Dr Robyn Henderson
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 01:46
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2014 05:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic support; critical reflection; higher education; learning circle; social support; blended study; first year of university; learning technology; online learning environment; online study; relationships; student learning journey; undergraduate study
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1504/IJLT.2012.049191
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22464

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