'Learning Carnivale' First year on Campus Student Conference

Contact person info
Name of contact person: 
Bronwyn James
Email of contact person: 
bjames@uow.edu.au
Who are your partners?: 
Faculty staff
Library staff
University Sport and Recreation Staff and Senior Students
What is the rationale for this practice?: 
Perceived need by ALL staff
First year experience initiatives
Social Inclusion initiatives
What support exists for this practice? (Institutional or other): 
University strategic/operational plan
Departmental strategic/operational plan
Extra funding support
Faculty support
What restrictions are there on this practice? (Institutional or other): 
Timetabling
Staffing
If you have evaluated this practice, please select evaluation type(s): 
ALL unit administered student surveys
Usage numbers
What are the strengths of this practice?: 

A 2 day conference for first year on campus students- focus is on forming connections + focus on writing, critical analysis, avoiding plagiarism and team work- done in an highly interactive manner. Encouragement for students to understand themselves as valued members of the academic community. On-line support made avaibale to students who have registered before and after the conference which is time approximately 6 weeeks into the teaching session

What are the weaknesses?: 

finding the space in the timetable- usually run in the session break near Easter.

What improvements (if any) would you like to make?: 

better on -line support and follow up. Longer term tracking of students

What approaches/theories of language and/or learning underpin this practice?: 

literacy as social practice, collaborative learning, peer learning

Other publications/products arising from this practice? (Not already included in previous question): 

Presentation to faculty/university

Paper based resources

Online resources

ALL Publication