Superficial social inclusion? Reflections from first-time distance learners

Brown, Mark and Hughes, Helen and Hard, Natasha and Keppell, Mike and Smith, Liz (2012) Superficial social inclusion? Reflections from first-time distance learners. In: 15th International Higher Education First Year Experience Conference (FYHE 2012): New Horizons, 26-29 Jun 2012, Brisbane, Australia.

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This paper will report on a research project that sought to investigate the experiences of first-time distance learners from their own perspectives, using their own words collected through video diaries. The research took place against a background of low retention and completion rates among distance students, which brings in to question what actually happens to learners once they are enrolled. While the project will ultimately generate evidence-based deliverables targeted at both distance education providers and distance learners, this session will report on a selection of learner stories that have highlighted the issue of superficial social inclusion in the absence of support and engagement strategies that reach out at the point of need throughout the study lifecycle. Participants of this session will be asked to reflect on the challenge of supporting distance students to engage effectively with study amid other commitments; whilst being mindful that, to survive the distance, they need to be independent, self-motivated learners.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Maths and Computing
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2014 01:02
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 03:17
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment

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