The Freshers’ Week Experience in a VLE: Can it be achieved?

Yvette Winnard [Yvette.winnard@anglia.ac.uk ], Course Leader FdSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care. Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home.html]
Vicki Elliott [Vicki.elliott@anglia.ac.uk ], Senior Lecturer FdSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care. Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom [http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home.html]

Abstract

Campus based students are welcomed to our University during the first week of their course, but for students studying by online distance learning (ODL) a comparable mechanism does not exist. Academic staff experienced in teaching by ODL considered this to be a gap in students’ educational experience and, furthermore, that opportunities for early engagement of students in their online course could be enhanced. The aim of this paper is to explain the rationale for an online induction, to outline the activities undertaken by students and staff and to consider whether online induction is an effective strategy for online learning.

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e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, ICT, information and communication technology, internet, collaborative learning, learning management system, MOOC, interaction, LMS,

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