10 Things Learnt about Transitions into/through Higher Education in Ireland

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Cork Institute of Technology

Rossa Avenue

Bishopstown

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Research based Evidence regarding the Transition Experience of First Year Students

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Eileen McEvoy, Policy and Projects Manager, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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The National Forum has centred much of its work on supporting the successful transitions of students into and through higher education in Ireland. Our 2013-2015 enhancement theme focused on Teaching for Transitions and many of the projects and seminars we have funded at local and national levels have centred on this theme. The transitioning of staff and students into digital teaching and learning has also been an ongoing focus of our work. Through research, funded enhancement projects and local and national seminars, we have gathered evidence regarding the transition experience of first year students, students coming from school or from further education and training, and students entering Irish higher education from abroad. We have also explored the experience of those who teach and support student learning. A large study conducted in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland provided insights into the higher education experiences of students who did not complete the programmes of study.

This gathered evidence has much to teach us about transitions into and through Irish higher education. Ten lessons learned about transitions were identified, which will be used as the base for discussion during this workshop. Participants will be asked to relate the lessons learned to their own contexts and consider what this means for fostering student success at local and national levels. Building on the Teaching for Transitions enhancement theme, student success is now a key strategic priority both for the National Forum and for local and national policy makers. The relationship between transitions and student success will be explored.

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Eileen McEvoy is Policy and Projects Manager at the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She has been a co-ordinator and researcher in the field of education since 2005, working at primary and post-primary levels in Ireland, as well as in higher education in Finland and Ireland

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Cork Institute of Technology

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Bishopstown

Cork

Ireland

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