"First portal in a storm": A virtual space for transition students

Nelson, Karen J., Kift, Sally M., & Harper, Wendy E. (2005) "First portal in a storm": A virtual space for transition students. In ASCILITE 2005, December 4-7, 2005, QUT, Brisbane, Queensland.


The lives of millennial students are epitomised by ubiquitous information, merged technologies, blurred social-study-work boundaries, multitasking and hyperlinked online interactions (Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005). These characteristics have implications for the design of online spaces that aim to provide virtual access to course materials, administrative processes and support information, all of which is required by students to steer a course through the storm of their transition university experience.

Previously we summarised the challenges facing first year students (Kift & Nelson, 2005) and investigated their current online engagement patterns, which revealed three issues for consideration when designing virtual spaces (Nelson, Kift & Harper, 2005). In this paper we continue our examination of students’ interactions with online spaces by considering the perceptions and use of technology by millennial students as well as projections for managing the virtual learning environments of the future. The findings from this analysis are informed by our previous work to conceptualise and describe the architecture of a transition portal.

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ID Code: 3943
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Virtual learning environment, Transition, Online engagement patterns, Transition portal, Millennial students, Enhancing Transition, Communication preferences, HERN
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
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Deposited On: 21 Apr 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:17

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