Day 1 - Tuesday 29th September, 2015
8:00
Registration, coffee & networking
Shifting focus from recruitment to retention
8:40
KEYNOTE: Enhancing our understanding of completion
  • Using new data to track commencement to completion
  • Using survey data to increase our understanding of at-risk groups
  • Providing a context for strategy, support and policy at the national and institution level

9:20
KEYNOTE: Student equity: policy and practice
  • Closing the gap between research, policy and practice
  • Using ‘student personas’ to assist staff to better deal with equity students
  • Designing and implementing equity policy for higher completion rates

10:00
KEYNOTE: An institutional framework for student engagement and retention
  • The role of the institution in supporting student transitions
  • Establishing an environment for student engagement across the institution

 

Also facilitating the mid conference Workshop B: How to establish an institutional approach to student engagement success and retention


10:40
SPEED NETWORKING

In this interactive session you will have the opportunity to meet all the delegates in short 60 second bursts, exchanging business cards and setting up valuable conversation for the rest of the event.

11:15
Morning tea & networking
11:45
Departure to arrival: Re-engaging students who have withdrawn from university
  • A comparative context, the UK and the USA
  • How to re-recruit and re-engage students who have withdrawn

12:25
Tapping into the power of data to improve business processes

1:05
Networking lunch
2:35
Supporting retention in online learning settings
  • Learning designs that engage and involve
  • Strategies to support and scaffold
  • Providing a comfortable online classroom

3:40
Afternoon tea & networking
4:10
KEYNOTE: Encouraging good learning experiences
  • What does student success mean for the academic and institution?
  • The link between retention and success
  • How can an academic support student success?

4:50
Re-engaging and retaining the under-represented
  • A workable (successful) transition and stepping ladder to HE for low SES
  • Other second-chance/ non-traditional learners
  • Preparation for undergraduate retention and success

5:30
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of day one
Day 2 - Wednesday 30th September, 2015
8:00
Welcome, coffee & networking
8:30
Opening remarks from the Chair
Learning analytics to rethink student support
8:40
KEYNOTE: Designing reaching frameworks to enable retention throughout the institution
  • Enhancing the student experience
  • Institutional frameworks to measure engagement and monitor standards
  • What do we label success?

9:20
Promoting tertiary student well-being through the curriculum
  • Better preparing students for the pressures of tertiary education
  • Tested approaches to curriculum renewal and reform to better support student learning, success and retention

10:00
BEST PRACTICE SHOWCASE: A holistic approach to student support at Southern Cross University
  • Meeting the needs of the student customer
  • Designing a dynamic environment for student success
  • Learning, unlearning and relearning as we go

10:40
Morning tea & Networking
11:10
INTERACTIVE SPOTLIGHT

In this interactive session you will gain a better understanding of all the organisations present and the different challenges they face.

11:50
BEST PRACTICE SHOWCASE: Identifying and designing a best practice engagement and retention policy
  • Embedding effective faculty partnerships across the institution
  • Establishing and maintaining good first year experience practices


1:10
Networking Lunch
2:40
Retaining apprentices and stopping attrition
  • Why attrition occurs
  • Making better selections at the beginning
  • Working to retain apprentices
  • What makes a good employer?
  • Working effectively with employers

3:20
Afternoon tea & networking
3:50
Using learning analytics to achieve academic engagement
  • Identifying avenues to incorporate the Swinburne Connect initiative into a university wide program
  • Creating our intervention system to better engage and retain students

 

Also facilitating the Pre–Workshop Conference A: How to utilise learning analytics to improve student support


4:30
Building student resilience to increase retention

• Helping students create a mindset of high expectations for themselves to support excellent progress in their learning


5:10
Closing remarks from the Chair & close of conference

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