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Our Journey: Designing and utilising a tool to support students to represent their study journeys

Coughlan, Tim; Lister, Kate and Freear, Nick (2019). Our Journey: Designing and utilising a tool to support students to represent their study journeys. In: Proceedings of the 13th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED) 2019 pp. 3140–3147.

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Students have diverse circumstances, experiences, and goals. The challenges they face are often invisible to the educators and staff working to support them. In this paper we describe the design of a novel tool to support each student to represent their own study journey. This has been created with the participation of students and other stakeholders throughout the design process, and was inspired by previous research on the barriers faced by disabled students and the impacts of these on their experiences and attainment. The tool (Our Journey) can be used online or in a printed form. The basis of the design is the creation of cards that describe particular events that were important to the student. Students choose an event type and an emotional state, and provide short descriptions. Through this they build a structured narrative that has several potential uses. Our Journey provides an accessible and engaging means for dialogue and reflection on the nature of study journeys which could be beneficial for students. Journey data collected at scale could provide insights into areas such as student mental health and wellbeing, challenges commonly faced in study, and a holistic view of the lives of students.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 IATED
ISBN: 84-09-08619-0, 978-84-09-08619-1
ISSN: 2340-1079
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Tackling inequities in disabled student journeysNot SetHEFCE Higher Education Innovation Fund
Extra Information: Originally presented at the 13th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), Valencia, Spain, 11-13 Mar 2019.
Keywords: student journey; accessibility; disability; participatory design; feedback; learning analytics; mental health
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 59195
Depositing User: Tim Coughlan
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2019 10:45
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 02:20
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