Any portal in a storm? Aligning online engagement patterns with the needs of transition students

Nelson, Karen J., Kift, Sally M., & Harper, Wendy E. (2005) Any portal in a storm? Aligning online engagement patterns with the needs of transition students. In OLT 2005, Beyond Delivery, 27 September 2005, QUT, Brisbane, Queensland.


Engaging new students in tertiary study, amidst the storm of their adjustment to university life, should harness conventional physical as well as new virtual spaces to ensure (as urged by McInnis 2003, p.9) learning opportunities are maximised inside and outside of the classroom. When ubiquitous information, merged technologies, blurred social-study-work boundaries, multitasking and hyperlinked online interactions epitomise generational routines (Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005); positive, rewarding interactions through virtual space "portals" may establish the mode and intensity of on- and off-campus student experience.

Conventional modes of curriculum delivery and learning support that hinge on presentation of material according to (for example) scheduled topic sessions, contact times and administrative office hours, do not necessarily fully accommodate these new social realities (James, 2002, p.81), contemporary learning practices or transition-informed curriculum design (Kift, 2005).

In this paper, quantitative data and rich qualitative information from internal and external surveys are triangulated to examine the patterns of online engagement for students at QUT. These patterns inform our ongoing project that seeks to tailor the delivery of curriculum mediated resources within a virtual space.

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ID Code: 3932
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: First year students, transition, enhancing transition, online learning, dot, com generation, virtual and physical spaces, information technology, educational environments, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Copyright Statement: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the host's web page (see link).
Deposited On: 21 Apr 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:31

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