Title

Bridging the online gap in enabling education: Counteracting the disconnect

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Title

Proceedings of the FABENZ Conference 2016

Publisher

FABENZ

School

Centre for Teaching and Learning

RAS ID

25052

Comments

Originally published as: Sharp, S., Hays, A.-M., Drpich, S. (2016). Bridging the online gap in enabling education: Counteracting the disconnect. In Proceedings of the FABENZ Conference 2016. Auckland, New Zealand: Unitec Institute of Technology. Original publication available here

Abstract

The University Preparation Course (UniPrep) at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australia, provides one of Australia’s largest alternative-entry programs for future undergraduate students, who do not yet have the confidence or qualifications required for direct entry to university. This cohort is often new to university expectations, may have had past negative learning experiences, limited opportunity to engage meaningfully with post-secondary education or are returning to higher education after a significant time lapse. Some students opt to complete UniPrep to maximise their future study success and efficacy. Both on-campus and online flexible delivery modes are offered. Despite on-going success in the on-campus mode, attrition rates among online learners are significantly higher than on-campus rates. For this reason the online delivery mode became a focus for the UniPrep team...

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