Supporting Transition to HE Study

What happens?

Students on the BA Hons Teaching, Learning & Child Development programme are introduced to assessment protocols and practices in a series of seminars at the beginning of Year 1.   After the first assessment point in semester 1 each PAT meets with their group of 10 tutees to reflect on the feedback / feed-forward received for the first piece of summatively assessed work.  The PATs use the GROW model of coaching with the students to unpick the assessment feed-forward and to target set for future work.

What was the impact?

Students left the group tutorial feeling they understood how to interpret tutor feed-forward comments and how to action plan.  Action planning is shared with the PAT and students had a clear understanding of how to track their own academic progress using the Progress and Development Profile

For further information please contact

Gillian Pye, Programme Leader BA Hons Teaching Learning & Child Development

pyeg@edgehill.ac.uk

GROW Model tutorial         PAT Handbook

Induction and Transitions Workshop

The next Induction and Transitions Workshop is on Wednesday 24th April. To attend please book via the CLT Professional Development Series web space.

Or for more information or to book a bespoke workshop for your department please contact Dawne belld@edgehill.ac.uk or email CLT@edheill.ac.uk for more details

New Year, New UniSkills!

With what feels like never-ending dark mornings and a long stretch ahead to Easter, Library and Learning Services understand that for some students bouncing back after the Christmas break is easier said than done!

While we hope students found space to relax and recharge for all-important semester 2, we know for some students the reality would have been more mark schemes and revision than mince pies for Rudolph….

To help students switch that study-mode back on and get their critical-thinking cogs turning again w/c 21st January Library and Learning Services, in collaboration with the Student Wellbeing team in Student Services, ran a week-long event jam-packed with informative and inspiring workshops:

Get to grips with mark scheme tips
This session was designed to demystify some common academic language found across marking criteria.

Building your resilience toolbox
This workshop was an introduction to mindfulness, helping students build resilience and learn more about how to cope with life at university.

How to be keen in 2019
This session encouraged students to ‘Jumpstart their January’ with motivating tips and techniques!

Introduction to Mindfulness
For this session we provided a calm, safe space for a spot of mindfulness.

Learn to engage to start on the right page
From notetaking and utilising tutors’ office hours, to accessing reading lists, this workshop showed students how to make the most of their contact (and non-contact) hours and find a study strategy that works for them.

Students were also invited to join us, and our team of Student Advisors, every day from 10am-4pm in Catalyst for lots of complementary academic skills activities including:

  • Making customisable ‘study pledge’ bookmarks
  • Contributing to an interactive study spaces map
  • Inspirational DVDs and book displays
  • Opportunities to shape future workshops and toolkits

For more details about all things UniSkills throughout the academic year visit our webpages or contact the Student Engagement team at uniskills@edgehill.ac.uk

Supporting Induction and Transitions: The Impact of Festive Friday!

Festive Friday

What happened?

Staff host a festive gathering for all of the 1st Year BA Hons Dance Students, providing an opportunity to evaluate and reflect on the students first semester and the journey they have been on since leaving FE.

What is the impact?

The activity helped to bring the cohort together, it helped to build confidence and team work. It supported cohort identity and has increased motivation within our  students who were very eager to come back for semester 2!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future plans include similar events to support transition over the summer months so when we have the outcomes of that we’ll let you know!

For more information about this strategy please contact: Debbie Deborah Norris, Lecturer in Dance

Norrisdb@edgehill.ac.uk

 

 

 

Supporting retention with ‘Transition Days’

Student ‘Transition Days’ at critical junctions within the programme which make effective use of contributions from Graduate Teaching Assistants

What happens?

The transition days generally evaluate well, however informal feedback from students has been extremely positive regarding the sessions delivered by the GTAs. They find the GTA role itself ‘aspirational’. They also refer to the fact that the GTAs are ‘more on their level’, and are very interested in how research can be an employment route. This has resulted in a number of our own students applying for GTA positions, one of whom was successful.

What is the likely impact?

AHSC have delivered transition days for a number of years prior to students’ return for the next academic level. For the last couple of years we have included GTAs to talk of their research interests and current roles in regard to potential employability routes that had not been considered by the undergraduate students.

 

To book to attend a Professional Staff Development Seminar on this topic please click here CLT.

For more information please contact: Peter Leadbetter, leadbetp@edgehill.ac.uk

 

[SOURCE: MSci (Hons) Nutrition – Stage 2].

Getting Started student support package

The development of the ‘Getting Started’ pre-entry support package for students

What happens?

The Getting Started support package is designed to offer students a seamless transition and a preview into the process of learning at Edge Hill and specifically on their chosen programmes. This is beyond simply pre-course reading, engaging students in becoming familiar with potential sources that will underpin their learning in level 4 and beyond.

What is the likely impact?

Students who have chosen EHU as their Higher Education provider are brought into the learning community before they have even enrolled on campus. The student is embraced and supported to recognise potential key sources, to be exposed to potential learning materials, and to feel they have made inroads into their learning by the time they arrive on campus for their induction week.

To book to attend a Professional Staff Development Seminar on this topic please click here CLT.

For more information please contact Carol Wilson, wilsonc@edgehill.ac.uk

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing; MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing – Stage 2].

‘Transition Days’

The format and content of ‘Transition Days’ at Levels 4 to 5, and 5 to 6

What happens?

The transition days offer students the opportunity to attend sessions, outside of semester one and two, to learn and be informed about the transition they will be making, academically and also personally, between either levels 4-5 or 5-6 in their student journey.

All undergraduate students will face these transitions, which include the jump in academic expectation, personal demands, the need for resilience and their destination planning; as such, it is felt that the transition days could be an integral part of all programmes across the University.

What is the likely impact?

Students are able to see their own journey, to assess their current skills base, and to consider where they might need help and support in moving to the next stage of their academic journey. The sessions are very practical and are designed to offer students the ability to start planning ahead for the next academic year.

To book to attend a Professional Staff Development Seminar on this topic please click here CLT.

For more information please contact Hazel Flight, flighth@edgehill.ac.uk  or Peter Leadbetter

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing – Stage 2].