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Improving transition into university life through real and virtual groups. Shazia Ahmed Sarah Honeychurch Lorna Love 1 May 2014. Issues. Diversity of students Range of backgrounds 3 subjects – lack of community Commuting students ~40%. Using existing model.

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Improving transition into university life through real and virtual groups

Improving transition into university life through real and virtual groups

Shazia Ahmed

Sarah Honeychurch

Lorna Love

1 May 2014


Issues
Issues virtual

  • Diversity of students

  • Range of backgrounds

  • 3 subjects – lack of community

  • Commuting students ~40%


Using existing model
Using existing model virtual

  • Successful Facebook groups for Maths and Comp Sci

  • Extend model to pre-entry support for all Schools in College of Science & Engineering


Facebook groups
Facebook Groups virtual

  • Over half of 2013-14 cohort joined main group before arriving

  • Links to subject-specific groups


Advantages
Advantages virtual

  • Conversations with each other

  • Conversations with more experienced members

  • Questions relating to:

    • Course

    • Glasgow generally


Advantages1
Advantages virtual

  • Conversations with staff

    • Reassurance

    • Pre-entry resources (Maths)




A big success
A big success virtual


Thank you
Thank you virtual

  • Shazia Ahmed

  • https://twitter.com/ShaziaAhmed

  • Sarah Honeychurch

  • https://twitter.com/nomadwarmachine

  • Social Media and Learning Communities

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/12544718765832/


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