The Benefits of the use of induction virtual communities in supporting new students in distance education universities

Sánchez-Elvira Paniagua, Ángeles, González Brignardello, Marcela Paz y Santamaría Lancho, Miguel(2009) .The Benefits of the use of induction virtual communities in supporting new students in distance education universities. .En: . ()

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Titulo The Benefits of the use of induction virtual communities in supporting new students in distance education universities
Autor(es) Sánchez-Elvira Paniagua, Ángeles
González Brignardello, Marcela Paz
Santamaría Lancho, Miguel
Resumen The present paper aims to show evidence about the benefits of the use of induction virtual communities to support new students’ integration and adaptation to a distance education university. The Spanish National Distance Education University (UNED) offers a whole induction program to its new students, which covers three different phases. The second phase is mainly focused in the training of those competences that are required to be a higher distance education student. These goals are developed through several actions: Open Educational Resources and courses, face-to-face programmes and the so-called Induction Virtual Communities (Plan de Acogida Virtual, PAV). This last action is very relevant, taking into account that the UNED is the largest university in Spain with more than 60.000 new students each year. Each Faculty and Engineering School has its own community, summing up a total of 15. New students are registered in their own community. In the communities, students are guided towards the acquisition of knowledge and skills about the university, distance education methodology and self-regulated learning development. This is accomplished through the delivering of specific material in different formats, proposal of activities and the use of forums in order to guide their first steps at the university. Also, students are asked to give response to several questionnaires in order to analyze the perception of their own evolution through the first semester and their opinions about the usefulness of the community. Main findings of the results obtained through the first three years of experience are presented
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