2 results for Conference paper, Diverse technologies for diverse learning needs: Supporting students where they're at and where they are.

  • Diverse technologies for diverse learning needs: Supporting students where they're at and where they are.

    Rawlings, C.; Watson, C. (2008)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Supporting the learning needs of a diverse student population in a timely and appropriate manner presents many challenges, particularly in a distance learning environment where students are separated from teaching and support staff and other learners. In such an environment students can experience isolation, little sense of connection and belonging, and often struggle to maintain engagement in and motivation for learning. Technology offers us opportunities to bridge this distance. This presentation describes two recent developments in learning support at the Open Polytechnic. One is 'low tech' and the other a 'high tech' approach to enhancing the engagement, retention and success of first year students with diverse learning needs.

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  • Diverse technologies for diverse learning needs: Supporting students where they're at and where they are.

    Olivier, G.; Rawlings, C. (2008)

    Conference paper
    Open Polytechnic

    Research into retention, completion and progression in tertiary education shows that of the students who started in 1998, 40 percent had qualified by 2002, 9 percent were still studying, while a disturbing 51 percent had dropped out. Against this background the Learning Centre uses a range of 'high tech' and 'low tech' strategies to support diverse learner needs; two are highlighted: 'Facilitated, online study skills workshops for first-years' Culturally relevant, telephone peer support for Maori students Both strategies are demonstrated, with 'real-life' examples illustrating our learner-centred approach of meeting students where they're at and where they are.

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