This years European Conference on eLearning (ECEL) was hosted by the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Craig attended as part of a team from the University of Brighton, presenting two papers about the development of an ‘online taster course’ aimed at potential applicants for business courses at the university. Craig was joined by Andrea Benn, Julie Fowlie, Rachael Carden & Stuart Francis from the Brighton Business School. The conference was spread over two days, with a very international feel – delegates has travelled from as far as the U.S., New Zealand, China and Japan.
The University of Brighton project was funded by Widening Participation and focussed on encouraging students from all background to enter Higher Education, by providing a supported taster experience. The team identified a large gap in the transition from FE to HE, with learners often not prepared for the required levels of independent study and critical thinking (Voake, Taylor & Wilson, 2013).
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