Induction Programs: A Key Component in Overcoming Transitional Challenges Faced by ECP Students (77565)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Peter Tan

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 12:00
Session: Session 2
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

There are many factors that influence students’ success and retention at the university. For new students, beginning at the university can be just as overwhelming as it is for new staff members. There are many things that a new first-year student needs to adapt, learn, and adjust to within their first few days, weeks, and months at the university – from how to choose friends, manage their time, study, and attend classes, to where they need to get students’ support and academic advice and many other matters. The Induction programs play a key role in making the transition into a new environment easier for students. In a longer-term sense, induction programs also lay the foundation for new students to succeed in their academic journey at the university and have an interest in learning that leads to a good learning experience. This article has sought to provide insight into the importance of induction programs for new first-entering students (FTENs) in extended curriculum programme (ECP) in one rural university in South Africa. A sample group of new ECP students registered for the year 2023 in a diploma program (ICT), were selected as participants in this study. The aim was to investigate whether these students were starting out their academic journey or simply starting at a new University. The findings of this study show that the induction programs have a positive impact on student’s academic journey and their interest in learning at the university.

Muhandji Mbodila, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa
Marie-Josette Richard-Seme, Independent Scholar, France
Mbuyi Musadi, Independent Scholar, South Africa

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Muhandji Mbodila is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa

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