A review of the year three plans and year two reports of the Student Transitions’ Theme highlighted that many institutions were already taking forward work in similar areas. We encouraged those institutions to work together and to put forward ideas for potential projects.
QAA Scotland funded three projects covering two different strands.
Students can face many challenges while studying at university. The project team produced a series of videos in which students share their experiences. They discuss problems they have overcome and the positive coping strategies they have used to succeed. You can select individual videos from the YouTube playlist.
Creation of the videos was complete ‘for students by students’ and may be of interest to anyone involved in student transitions. This project relates to the strand, student skills development to support transitions.
Open badges are digital awards issued for skills learned online and in person. You can use open badges to identify achievements not recognised in formal qualifications. This project relates to the strand, student skills development to support transitions.
The project team created a guide for institutions or Student Associations who would like to introduce an open badges scheme.
The University of Dundee led this project working with the University of Aberdeen and Abertay University.
Supporting student transitions into and through online learning
Using online tools to compliment teaching is part of the student learning experience. The project team took a students as partners approach and involved students from each institution. They produced four short videos and a set of resources relating to the four topics identified:
- being an effective online learner
- working with others online
- learning effectively with technology
- being a responsible online learner.
This project relates to the strand, use of technology and online resources to support student transitions.
Queen Margaret University led this project, working with the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow and the University of the Highlands and Islands.