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How are UK establishments setting up their global understudies for scholarly move? A study of 'Get ready for Success' utilization in HE and FE Julie Watson thirteenth July 2010

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Overview of Prepare for Success (PfS) - a free web learning apparatus for global understudies and UK organizations Extent and strategy for take-up in UK Higher and Further Education Examples from different establishments Detailed case of a pre-entry online course for universal understudies, joining parts of PfS Questions and dialog

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The PfS site so far An electronic instructing/learning "move" device for worldwide understudies and accepting UK foundations: Main menu of 22 intelligent mixed media learning assets acquainting universal understudies with parts of scholastic life, concentrate on aptitudes, and educating and learning styles in the UK An intuitive study pathways page through the learning assets permitting clients to choose by ability or by point A browsable intuitive FAQs bank of basic inquiries and replies about scholarly study in the UK.

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Summary of PfS site use to date Since July 2008: more than 100,000 visits Student clients speaking to 196 nations c. 60-70 UK accepting foundations utilize it (HE 80% ; FE 20%) 100+ webpage criticism frames from understudy clients; (just 12 from organizations!) Other establishments utilize it (UK auxiliary schools and 6th shape universities, organizations abroad) Referrers (activity through different sites which are connecting to PfS) = 73% ( incorporate. Web indexes) ; 27% come specifically utilizing web address

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Top referrer bunches connecting to PfS since July 2009

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An example of specific referrers UKCISA/British Council/BALEAP/UCAS/Access College UK/HEA Subject Centers/EAP World/Erasmus mundus Google/Yahoo/Bing Twitter/Facebook/Blip TV/Digg/Nings/Delicious/The Student Room (message board)/Plurk (Taiwanese Twitter)/Youtube/Renren (Chinese Facebook)/Wikipedia Wretch (Taiwanese gateway)/Yam (Taiwanese entry)/Xici.net (Chinese entryway)/Sina (Chinese gateway)/Anglie (Czech entry)/Net.hr (Hungarian entryway)/Znaniye (Russian entry) Worldwide Studies Ukraine/Chilean Ministry of Education/UK Student Life Churches Together/The Independent (Newspaper)/Student Calculator/Study abilities Blog Palgrave MacMillan/Pearson/BT (web crawler)/Tesco (internet searcher)

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Survey of UK institutional utilize "… it's utilized on a pre-sessional course to acclimate understudies with living and considering in Britain. It's utilized both as a part of the classroom and is gotten to by understudies freely. It's made accessible thusly to 200 understudies" "… accessible on VLE for understudies to access as they wish for free study. c.80 understudies" "A portion of the (web) pages are implanted into year long full-time Web CT (VLE) zones." "There is a connection to PfS from the front page of our VLE (Desire2Learn) which is gotten to by the majority of our school staff and 2000 understudies (up to 1000 are universal or have English as a moment dialect)" "I utilize connections to parts of it amid our pre-sessional course as a feature of our Guided Independent Learning Program" In a course wiki - "this year we had more than 100 predominantly Chinese (understudies)" "(PfS) is incorporated into our VLE for worldwide understudies before they arrive, yet the website is as of now being steered and hasn't gone full live. Understudy input so far is extremely positive."

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What are they doing with it? Connect from institutional site Link from understudy administrations site Link from scholarly division site Link from course-particular site Link in data conveyed to operators Link in deciphered data for understudies Link in institutional welcome pack online Links in course wiki Links in VLE-facilitated online courses Links in autonomous study program online Link in understudy affirmation letters and routine messages

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A couple of cases of institutional utilize University of Aberdeen Telford College of Art and Technology School of Pharmacy, Univ of London Dept of Computer Science, Univ of Warwick University of Nottingham (Pathways) University of Exeter (Insessional Independent Study Program) University of Portsmouth (Pre-landing Course: PrepUP) University of Reading (International Foundation Program: Get Prep@red) University of Warwick (Institute of Education: Module bolster)

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How to install Prepare for Success 22 learning assets are outlined as intuitive sight and sound 'taking in articles' and accessible as web based 'building squares' for any establishment's online course/asset -chose learning items can be connected to from inside a VLE/wiki/blog -connected things sit close by an organization's own resources in online enlistment courses or bolster bundles for pre-or post-entry use with worldwide understudies

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Example: Arrive UK A 5 week, low maintenance online course in Moodle (VLE) Focus on living and contemplating in Southampton and the UK; British scholastic culture and study aptitudes Blend of innovations: learning objects (our own particular and PfS), podcasts, recordings, examination gathering, talk room

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Arrive UK: a pre-landing on the web course for global understudies 12 of our own learning object assets (UK, University and Southampton-particular concentration ) 11 taking in protest assets from 'Plan for Success' (UK scholastic culture and study abilities) Other assets: our own podcasts, vidcasts, pictures Specialist EAP coaches University of Southampton graduate understudy

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In a pre-landing on the web course for worldwide understudies Links to Prepare for Success assets Univ of S'ton's own assets

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Some University and Southampton–specific content Finding out about Southampton Traveling to and from Southampton Shopping in Britain Money matters About the University of Southampton Finding your way around grounds Finding out about your School Student social life

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Student input on advantages of doing a pre-entry course "Each area was valuable and pleasant for me, through the presentation step by step helped me seeing bit by bit how to live, study and social in the University of Southampton." "This online course help me thinking about the college well. Additionally, it demonstrated to me how the administration understudies invest their energy to think about." "I am feeling like that I have been living in the Southampton, subsequently I won't feel amazingly restless when I touching base here." "The points of interest are: 1. be acquainted with the way of life and environment 2.understand what the universal understudies ought to do 3. help me to practice English abilities." "Getting to know different understudies, managing the stun of moving to another culture."

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Free site assets for establishments Downloadable PfS logos accessible to install in any site, welcome pack, understudy affirmation email, specialist data and so forth. Institutional guide on implanting PfS assets for pre-landing or post-entry/enlistment utilize Downloadable blurb to promote PfS to recently arrived universal understudies

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Thank you J.Watson@soton.ac.uk

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