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ERIC Number: EJ1131920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1537-2456
Designing a Blended Academic Transition Seminar for First-Year University Students
Wakefield, Jenny S.; Knezek, Gerald A.; Gutiérrez de Piñeres, Sheila Amin
International Journal on E-Learning, v15 n4 p483-508 2016
University efforts in the first year of college promote freshman student engagement in learning with the objective of improving retention and persistence, and are likely to ultimately lead to college success with timely graduation. This paper reports on an exploratory study of a first-year seminar designed to include three types of instruction: large lectures, small group discussions, and online learning activities. A survey was conducted to gain insight into student experiences with and perceptions about the seminar, including which methods seemed to work best and with which learners. Impact on retention and overall success is not reported as these were beyond the scope of this study. Instead, the focus of this study was on the design elements of a first-year seminar. In general, the findings suggested that a blended course environment with all three instructional modalities can be useful. Also, the small group sessions were generally perceived to be the most useful by the majority of the students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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