Seeking new horizons for student transition: an integrated course approach

Yann Guisard, Carole Hunter, Karl Behrendt, Rebecca Acheson, Zelma Bone, Peter Mills, Shevahn Telfser, Warwick Wheatley

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The focus of this paper is to present a case study of an integrated course approach to student transition in an undergraduate agricultural business management program. Most Australian universities have an orientation week with generic andcourse specific activities to assist students in their transition to university life but very few have a 'total package' of sustained transitional support with an overnight tour, mentoring program, curriculum mapping and course design for all of the first stage subjects as just some of their strategies. The transition was planned to take place over the entire first stage of the course. A course team working collaboratively and cohesively was key to the success of this project. The approach was implemented in 2011 with formal evaluation in a preliminary stage. Early indications from academics and 2011 students are very positive and are reflected not only in academic results but in an improved student experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFYHE Conference 2012
Subtitle of host publicationNew Horizons
Place of PublicationBrisbane, QLD
PublisherQUT Events
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781921897399
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational First Year in Higher Education Conference - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 26 Jun 201229 Jun 2012


ConferenceInternational First Year in Higher Education Conference
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