Jenna Bradwell

Session promotes effective teaching and student support

With a focus on UOW’s Social Inclusion Strategy, staff received practical advice from a leader in the field of student success and retention during sessions held at the University recently.

Queensland University of Technology’s Director of Student Success and Retention, Professor Karen Nelson, spoke with staff about the OLT Project: Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds.

During her visit, Professor Nelson presented three separate workshops to university staff. Each session was aimed at a specific audience including teaching academics, academic and learning development staff and institutional policy makers, faculty leaders, and others interested in supporting students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in higher education.

In her presentations Karen outlined the conceptual framework guiding the project and gave advice to staff related to the project’s website resource and the thematic analysis of ‘what works’.

Professor Nelson has held a number of roles at Queensland University of Technology including unit and course coordinator. She has designed and taught subjects and programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has led several large-scale teaching and learning projects.

Her higher education research focuses on student engagement in higher education, the first year experience, and institutional research and responses relating to these topics. She presents and consults nationally and internationally in these areas of interest.

For more information on the OLT project visit its webpage.

The Social Inclusion Project Scheme (SIPS) for 2012 is designed to support initiatives to improve access, retention and completion rates for domestic undergraduate students from low socio economic status (LSES) backgrounds. SIPS initiatives may be proposed by staff members from Faculties, Administrative and Professional Units across the University.

Guidelines and Application Form for SIPS 2012 funding can be found here.


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  • Professor Karen Nelson led sessions regarding student retention and success held at UOW.