Creating connections and building belonging: more than 'just another online library class'

Derrington, Kate and McGregor, Rowena ORCID: and Bartlett, Cristy ORCID: (2021) Creating connections and building belonging: more than 'just another online library class'. In: Students Transitions Achievement Retention Success (STARS 21), 5-9 July 2021, Perth, Australia.

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Online university enrolment is increasing, appealing as a flexible, convenient, and cost-effective option. Many online students are from non-traditional backgrounds and underprepared for university, increasing their risk of attrition. Regional universities, with up to 75% of students enrolled online, are thus uniquely vulnerable. Current scholarship indicates retention of online learners requires skill development and a sense of belonging to the university. In response, an online study support program was developed. Several principles from ‘The National Guidelines for Improving student access, participation and success in higher education in Australia’ (Stone, 2017) drove the program. The program was piloted in three semesters of 2019. Incidental feedback indicates students appreciate connecting with the university, and their peers. In 2020/1, an online engagement framework will be used to evaluate and invigorate the program.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Virtual conference.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Library
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2021 03:00
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 01:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: transition, retention, online education, teacher presence, library
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390104 English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy

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