A small number of students in HE, FE and skills do not complete their studies. These low retention rates not only reflect a negative picture of the student learning experience, but institutions affected are liable to lose valuable government funding.
What you can do
Effective use of technology enhances the student experience and is essential for boosting retention rates.
We’ve identified some key points on the learner journey where employing digital technologies can help to enhance your students’ experience.
Help them to make the right choice
Learners are more likely to prosper if they are suitably matched to their course and institution.
Open educational resources (OERs) are a way to share sample materials and lectures freely online and are a great way to help students make an informed decision. Read our open educational resources guide to get started.
Prepare them for the study environment
Learners are more likely to acclimatise to their new environment if they have a realistic expectation of their learning experience.
Our podcast explores how some universities and colleges are now introducing students to the role of digital technologies in their studies from day one.
Start as you mean to go on
Supporting learners as they move from school to education and then to employment is key to student retention.
Our e-portfolios guide highlights the important role technology can play in facilitating and supporting student transitions.
The QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) also have a number of useful resources about student transitions.
Speak their language
With mobile already embedded into the everyday lives of students, many institutions are tapping into these technologies and integrating them into their learning and teaching.
Explore our learning activities and video case studies for some examples of mobile learning in action.
Supporting their digital development
Despite an often-presumed level of digital literacy, many learners enter further and higher education lacking the skills needed.
Ensuring students are supported in developing their digital literacy maximises their chances for overall satisfaction.
Work in partnership with students
Learners are more likely to prosper if they have a stake in designing their own learning experiences. Our following guides discuss ways to work in partnership with students:
Learning analytics uses data about students to help understand their needs and provide better support. Universities and colleges can use student data to help improve retention rates.
Our learning analytics code of practice identifies responsibilities of educational providers when using student data.