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The criticality of blended communities in empowering learner transition in Higher Education

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Publication date10/11/2022
PublisherChartered Association of Business Schools
Number of pages72
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Successful transition is a key factor in enabling students to ‘navigate the academic landscape and journey from arrival to graduation at their institution of choice’ (Parkin, Brown, 2020). However, the disruption that many students have experienced through Covid in their educational journey may mean than many students are not prepared (mentally and educationally) for university life as usual and this leads to feelings of not belonging and/or imposter syndrome (Pownall, Harris & Blundell-Birtill, 2021), which will impact negatively on their initial transition and beyond.
Students pre-pandemic found induction overwhelming and structured in such a way that it was difficult to revisit and find relevant information, providing them with little support in later stages of their transition. The need to pivot to online only in 2020-21, required a process of rethinking of what transition is, how and when it needs to be delivered, and how can it create the most valuable experience for incoming as well as returning students.