Manager, Student Engagement & Retention
Western Sydney University
Conference Day Two: Friday, 28th June 2019
Friday, June 28th, 2019
3:30 PM CASE STUDY: IGNITE: Arrive & Thrive - Enabling Early Engagement through a Short Self-Paced On-Line Module
Western Sydney University, The College has embarked on an exciting new initiative, Pre Learning Pod: Early Engagement of Students, also known as IGNITE: Arrive & Thrive.
IGNITE is an emerging initiative that aims to better prepare students for their future studies, from the point of receiving an offer and before the commencement classes. Informed by Transition Pedagogy, IGNITE is a short self-paced on-line module designed to be an engaging, interactive, and a fun learning experience that uses digital badging to recognise the attainment of specific skills, rather than a formal assessment structure. Working together in partnership with Students as Partners to co-design, co-develop and co-create a distinctive learning experience, The College set out to conceive an early student engagement initiative that aims to enhance the student’s sense of belonging to a community of learners at Western.
The yearlong project went live in January 2019 and IGNITES students’ passion to unlock their potential, embrace their diversity as learners and paves their way into a smooth transition into The College. At the time of writing, IGNITE was being rolled out for the first time to a cohort of incoming College students.
There are three short interactive modules designed to jump start their own academic journey:
• Module 1 focuses on positive mindfulness to help students build resilience, as well as time and organisational management
• Module 2 maps students’ course to their career aspirations in preparation for a disrupted future world of work
• Module 3 equips students with key skills for using cutting edge digital technologies to thrive in any learning environment.