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Journal Issue
Volume 10 Issue 3, Special ECEL issue / Aug 2012  pp257‑379

Editor: Sue Greener, Asher Rospigliosi

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Editorial for the ECEL 2011 Special Issue of EJEL  pp257‑258

Sue Greener, Asher Rospigliosi

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Starting online: Exploring the use of a Social Networking Site to Facilitate transition into Higher Education  pp259‑263

John Knight, Rebecca Rochon

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Cognitive communication 2.0 in Higher Education: to tweet or not to tweet?  pp264‑276

António Andrade, Cornélia Castro, Sérgio André Ferreira

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A Case of Problem Based Learning for Cross‑Institutional Collaboration  pp277‑285

Chrissi Nerantzi

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Research ethics in emerging forms of online learning: issues arising from a hypothetical study on a MOOC  pp286‑296

Antonella Esposito

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Comparing Childrens E‑safety Strategies with Guidelines Offered by Adults  pp297‑309

Birgy Lorenz, Kaido Kikkas, Mart Laanpere

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Mediating Diversity and Affection in Blended Learning: a Story With a Happy Ending  pp310‑319

Dina Soeiro, António Dias de Figueiredo, Joaquim Armando Gomes Ferreira

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Empathy and Dignity through technology: using lifeworld‑led multimedia to enhance learning about the head, heart and hand  pp320‑330

Andy Pulman, Kathleen Galvin, Maggie Hutchings, Les Todres, Anne Quinney, Caroline Ellis-Hill, Peter Atkins

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Getting the Message: supporting students’ transition from Higher National to degree level study and the role of mobile technologies  pp331‑341

Julia Fotheringham, Emily Alder

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Abstract

Abstract: In this paper, we explore roles that mobile technologies can play in supporting students’ transition to second and third year of university degree study, specifically along articulation routes from completing a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) at college. Articulating students face particular challenges associated with, typically, adjusting to the demands of moving up a level in their academic studies, acclimatising to an unfamiliar academic culture, and integrating into an existing cohort of students. Message of Support, a project funded by the Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and Borders Regional Articulation Hub (ELRAH), developed a range of SMS, podcasts, and DVD resources, drawing on the voice and experience of existing students, in order to support new students and staff in their respective parts in the articulation journey. Through a process of action research, it was found that such resources can aid the transition process by offering timely contact, reassurance, and information to students as well as valuable development materials for staff. Responses to the challenges of using mobile technologies as support mechanisms for articulating students were identified. Additionally, other areas of transitional support provision outwith tertiary education were identified. The Message of Support project is sharing lessons learned and helping to inform good practice in this context. 

 

Keywords: articulation, student support, SMS, mobile technologies, podcast, ELRAH

 

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Exploring a ‘middle ground’: engagement with students in a social learning environment.  pp342‑350

Anne MJ Smith, Sonya Campbell

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Fostering a web 2.0 ethos in a traditional e‑learning environment  pp351‑359

Marie Martin, Michaela Noakes

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Fostering a web 2.0 ethos in a traditional e‑learning environment  pp360‑368

Marie Martin, Michaela Noakes

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