This conference provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences.
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Building on decades of research into student transitions and experiences and with robust evidence of the maturity of our contemporary thinking, approaches and strategies, Students,Transitions, Achievement, Retention & Success (STARS) is the next and logical frontier for our student-focused passion. First year should start with the end in clear student sight. Students make individual and multiple transitions over the course of their student lifecycles and learning journeys – in, through and out of higher education, between sectors and via diverse pathways. Increasingly, transition pedagogy is paving the way for intentionally designed capstone experiences, while our Australian colleagues are now researching the second year slump. I look forward to sharing this next exciting phase of our own learning journey with you in the continuing pursuit of enhanced student learning, success and retention.
Professor Sally Kift, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), James Cook University & ALTC Senior Fellow