Mazes have a certain allure to them – and they can be incredibly fun. For students in their first year, making their way through university is often akin to making their way through a maze. However, its not as much fun because they are also juggling 5 balls, competing with 600+ other students and trying to make friends as they do this.
So the Faculty of Business and Economics figured what would be really helpful for them at this point would be a map. A map of the maze and tips on how to get around, so it would keep the experience novel, but not overly challenging. And so, the iLearn unit FBE101 was launched.
FBE101 was created in recognition of the fact that starting university can be overwhelming. The Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) accepts in excess of 2,000 students every session. It is a lost opportunity to not engage them, build a community and help them with their transition into university. This unit is open to all students (through self enrolment), in addition to the automatic enrolment for all first year students (either in their first or second sessions)
FBE101 prepares students for their life at FBE for the next few years and provides them tips and tricks on how to ace it. Designed to be flexible in light of feedback, the key components of the unit include:
iLearn tutorial: An online guide to the basics of iLearn. In 5 quick sections, designed with a do-and-learn functionality, it guides students through everything they need to get started within iLearn in their first few weeks.
Referencing Guide: Another old favourite of the students, this online guide walks them through what referencing means, and other tips on how to reference and where they can seek more help.
Transitioning to University: Interactive resources on developing skills required at university. These currently include ‘Being an independent learner,’ ‘Academic Writing,’ ‘ Presentation Skills,’ and ‘Making the most of Contact hours.’ Serving as an interactive repository, these resources add broader context and link back to the Library, Learning Skills and other open source activities.
FBE101 was launched in session 2, 2015. Since then it has seen regular traffic to its iLearn page. Cumulative non-unique visits to the unit have been in excess of 1,000 since its launch! At last count, in Week 6, it crossed over 1,500 visits and iLearn analytics shows that it continues to be accessed as we speak. In addition to analytics, data from a Qualtrics survey was also collected and looking at these two data sources, its clear that “A Day in the life” was the most popular resource among students (i.e. Clicked most often) however, most students found the ‘iLearn tutorial’ most helpful.
However, this is not the end of the road! There are several enhancements in the works – from tracking individual resources to expansion to the second and third years – this is one map that will not lead you to a dead end!
Drop by and say hello to us at the Poster session during L&T week on Thursday!