Starting university is a significant milestone in a young person’s life. While it is likely to be a time filled with excitement and new adventures, it can also be challenging for many students. The Orientation and Transition Framework in the ANU by 2025 Strategic Plan highlighted the need for a focus on transition pedagogy in order to make a first-year student’s move into university life and studies smoother and more supported.
The Education Design team in the Centre for Learning and Teaching has created a practical guide to help academics who are teaching first-year cohorts. The guide provides an overview of the six aspects of transition pedagogy discussed in Sally Kift’s work, and lists short-term techniques for supporting students as they move through their first year at the ANU. The suggestions in this document are provided in order to complement the existing techniques and strategies used by ANU academics to support their students through this foundational period.
This new guide was launched by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education & Digital), Professor Maryanne Dever, in week one of semester with members of the Orientation and Transition Community of Practice.
The Orientation and Transition team at ANU also has a wide range of resources available to staff and students.
CLT recently hosted a webinar around the topic of teaching first years; read the wrap up to this event here, and watch the full session below:
Centre for Learning and Teaching