Impact of Student Learning Community on Student Success and Retention

Abstract

Student success and retention are one of the major challenges in higher education institutions. Student learning community (SLC), as one of the potential solution to improve student success and retention, is gaining considerable attention in higher education institutions. SLC aims to provide coordinated support that promotes the development of essential academic and social skills for undergraduate students. We have started the first phase of SLC in our school run by group of second year students. The SLC team members were allocated to working-groups; academic enhancement and extra-curricular. The academic enhancement group collectively developed learning materials for peer assisted study session (PASS). The PASS session run by one of them throughout semester. Members of this group were also appointed as teaching assistant for selected first year modules. They also organized so-called buddie-buddy sessions scheduled to coincide with other activities run by them. The buddie-buddy sessions meant to aid students preparing for their upcoming assessment. The extra-curricular group designed activities to be run throughout semester. They were scheduled in timetable “dead-spots” – between core lectures where students seek opportunities to engage in interesting and beneficial activities on-campus. The results of the survey completed by first year students indicate that participating in the activities run by SLC promote the culture of collaboration and engagement in learning. It had a positive impact on their self-reported outcomes and overall satisfaction within the school. The confidence and social energy fostered by being a member of SLC was another profound effect highlighted by SLC team members.



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Mohammad Reza Zare, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

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Conference: ECE2020
Stream: Learning Experiences

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