JISC on Air: Meeting student needs to improve retention

In the third of a new series of online ‘radio’ programmes from the JISC e-Learning Programme – JISC on Air – we explore how digital technologies are helping universities and colleges to better meet students’ requirements and improve retention.

In this show, Kim Catcheside speaks with Richard Francis, Head of e-learning at Oxford Brookes University and Ellen Lessner, e-Learning Coordinator at Abingdon and Witney College about how their institutions are better preparing their learners for their experience of learning with technology. Both institutions participated in the JISC Supporting Learners in a Digital Age (SLIDA) study and their case studies are available here.

Kim also speaks with Helen Beetham, co-author of the JISC-funded Learning Literacies in a Digital Age (LLiDA) study and recent Review of Digital Literacies, about what support students require to make more effective use of technology for their learning.

In addition, we have expert input from Stephen Jackson, Director of Reviews for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Alex Bols Head of Education and Quality for the National Union of Students (NUS) who discuss how the appropriate use of technology can support learners with their studies and lead to improved retention.

The show and supporting information is available from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/meeting-students-needs-to-improve-retention/#more-622
You can listen to the previous two JISC on Air shows on Student Recruitment and Online Learning at https://jisconair.jiscinvolve.org/wp/

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