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The Welcome Project – improved induction at Goldsmiths

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Induction in higher education has traditionally been front-loaded at the beginning of the first year when we bombard students with information over one short week, after which they’re expected to know all they need to participate fully in their course and in student life. It’s been a class mistake of confusing being told things with knowing those things.

Consequently academic and academic support colleagues at Goldsmiths successfully proposed a project on induction as part of the Higher Education Academy’s Enhancement Academy Programme, and completed ‘The Welcome Project’ to design a new form of holistic induction which extends from the point of a students’ first inquiry well into their courses, anticipating needs, joining up the work of the different stakeholders at Goldsmiths, and diversifying communication modes.

Watch a video in which the people involved talk about the aims and outcomes of Goldsmiths’ Enhancement Academy project. The induction conference mentioned towards the end happened in September 2010, and you can see the presentations archived on Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit site.

See other institutions’ Enhancement Academy Projects on different aspects of higher learning and teaching.


Written by Mira Vogel

December 1, 2010 at 12:26

HEA Event: EvidenceNet – evidence in HE learning and teaching

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Here are details of a forthcoming Elluminate Live! session on EvidenceNet.


Wednesday 22 September 2.30-3.30

EvidenceNet (http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/evidencenet) is a free, open-access service from the Higher Education Academy that promotes and supports the use of evidence in higher education learning and teaching. It provides easy access to the evidence base and the opportunity to discuss and explore that evidence by:

  • linking to resources, events and networks from across the higher education sector
  • providing summaries and syntheses so that even the busiest academics can keep up-to-date with the latest research and policy
  • supporting a Ning and Wiki to establish online communities on particular areas of interest
  • running face-to-face meetings, seminars and workshops.
  • allowing users to share their own content through EvidenceNet and create case studies at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/EvidenceNet/contribute.

This Elluminate session will introduce participants to EvidenceNet and allow them the opportunity to explore EvidenceNet with members of the team. It will provide a brief outline of the background and rationale of EvidenceNet, and demonstrate the key features of the website. Participants will be shown how they can share their own materials through EvidenceNet, and in an interactive part of the session they will have the opportunity to browse and explore EvidenceNet and ask questions of the EvidenceNet team.

Session presenter: Dr Laura Hodsdon (Adviser, Evidence-Informed Practice).

EvidenceNet website: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/EvidenceNet/home

Contact the EvidenceNet team: evidencenet@heacademy.ac.uk

To register, go to http://bit.ly/Gm9Ni.  You will be sent a link to join the session in advance of the session.

Written by Mira Vogel

September 1, 2010 at 11:22

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