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Open University in Scotland

The Open University in Scotland is unique as the only higher education institution in Scotland dedicated to supporting open learning.  Their students have diverse learner journeys and their exploration of how they understand and support student transitions is informed by awareness of this diversity.  Enhancement of knowledge and of practice in supporting the varied learner transitions is central to their Enhancement Theme work.

The overarching aim for the Open University (OU) in Scotland’s work with the theme is to enhance their understanding of key transition points in the OU learner journey and the support students require navigating those junctures.

The Open University in Scotland will map its existing institutional support for student transitions and engage with staff and students to explore key areas of priority.

The institutional lead is Alison Gilmour

Case Studies (2014-15)

Key Areas

  • Overall aim:
    • 'To enhance our understanding of key transition points in the OU learner journey and the support students require to navigate these junctures'
  • Theme activity:
    • Conceptual understanding of transition and identity
    • Recognising multiple entrance and exit points
    • Diversity of learners (particularly distance education students)
    • Transition from informal to formal learning
    • Supporting staff to support students

Actions

Year 1

  • Developing understanding of their student needs and their current institutional approaches to support student transitions.
  • A map of institutional support
  • A substantial literature review
  • A series of workshops and conversations
  • Learning and Teaching Seminar and Workshop series
  • Internal conference on the theme of student transition

(Years 2 and 3 not provided)