e-Learning to Aid International Student Transition: A Case Study

Schmidt, Lisa and Gannaway, Deanne (2007) e-Learning to Aid International Student Transition: A Case Study. The International Journal Of Learning, 13 12: 55-62.


Author Schmidt, Lisa
Gannaway, Deanne
Title e-Learning to Aid International Student Transition: A Case Study
Journal name The International Journal Of Learning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-9494
Publication date 2007
Year available 2007
Volume 13
Issue 12
Start page 55
End page 62
Total pages 8
Language eng
Subject 13 Education
Abstract The number of International Students at Australian Universities has grown substantially and this has been beneficial to University communities. However, this presents some challenges due to the diverse backgrounds of incoming students. Areas of diversity include English language skills, cultural backgrounds, technical knowledge, IT skills, exposure to e-learning, learning experiences and expectations. In order to address these issues, we have introduced an Experimental Design Module that is done at the beginning of semester. The students work towards producing a written piece of work but the process is divided into a range of integrated exercises. Through these exercises, the students are introduced to a range of e-learning tools such as discussion boards, e-quizzes, online lectures and tutorials. In the process, they get to know other students in the class which helps with social integration. They are also shown some examples of Australian professional communication skills and get to practice using them. All of the exercises improve their scientific English language skills. This exercise has improved independent learning and performance in the topic.
Keyword International Students
transition
English language

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation Publications
 
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