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Supporting distance-taught students in the workplace

MacQueen, Hilary and Aiken, Fiona (2019). Supporting distance-taught students in the workplace. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 10(1) pp. 49–60.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of workplace support measures offered by employers on the academic performance and satisfaction of distance-taught paramedic students.
Design/methodology/approach – Using a combination of quantitative, qualitative and open text data, the authors identified factors important for student success.
Findings – Dedicated study time was not a significant predictor of student pass rate, but was related to the quality of achievement as measured by pass grade. More important for success were less tangible factors such as relationship with a mentor and being part of a supportive peer group.
Research limitations/implications – The number of respondents to the survey of graduates in the second part of the investigation was small (n¼30; 8.9 per cent) and limited to one profession (Emergency care).
Practical implications – The support measures the authors have identified should be overtly built into new course design. Placements undertaken away from the primary workplace should be well organised, and students proactively supported while undertaking them.
Originality/value – The value of these findings is that they inform, and can be used to enhance, the experience of students on work-based learning programmes and also on degree apprenticeships.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Authors
ISSN: 2042-3896
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Hilary MacQueen17E-HM-LHCS-01eSTEeM
Keywords: Higher education; Distance learning; Work-based learning; Student experience
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Research Group: eSTEeM
Item ID: 62204
Depositing User: Hilary MacQueen
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 13:49
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2020 11:23
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