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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
  • Diversity of students
  • Range of backgrounds
  • 3 subjects – lack of community
  • Commuting students ~40%
using existing model
Using existing model
  • 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
  • Over half of 2013-14 cohort joined main group before arriving
  • Links to subject-specific groups
advantages
Advantages
  • Conversations with each other
  • Conversations with more experienced members
  • Questions relating to:
          • Course
          • Glasgow generally
advantages1
Advantages
  • Conversations with staff
          • Reassurance
          • Pre-entry resources (Maths)
thank you
Thank you
  • 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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