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A Pipe Dream? Cost-effective Support for Enabling Students Studying Online


Jarvis, L and Harris, M and Johnson, P, A Pipe Dream? Cost-effective Support for Enabling Students Studying Online, National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia Conference 2013 Workbook, 27-29 November 2013, Australian Catholic University Melbourne Campus, pp. 1-10. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Enabling programs and online learning are two key tools for meeting the Federal Government’s agenda of widening and increasing participation in higher education in Australia. When the two are combined, however, the results are often poor with many enabling students lacking the fundamental study-skills required to operate successfully in the online environment. Providing effective and targeted support for such students in tight University budgetary environments can also be challenging. This paper looks at some preliminary findings from a small pilot program in Tasmania, where community volunteers were recruited to mentor enabling students through their first encounter with higher education. Early indications from this pilot are that the provision of community volunteer mentors does have the capacity to provide efficient and effective support for this cohort.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:enabling education, online learning, support
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Equity and access to education
UTAS Author:Jarvis, L (Ms Lynn Jarvis)
UTAS Author:Harris, M (Mr Mike Harris)
UTAS Author:Johnson, P (Ms Paula Johnson)
ID Code:97665
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Academic Division
Deposited On:2015-01-07
Last Modified:2015-02-27

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