Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

University of Leicester launches freshers' pod

01.10.2008
www.StartingUni.info, a website developed by the University of Leicester, is providing podcasts to help new students prepare for the daunting experience of starting university.

The website has been created as part of the IMPALA4T project funded by the Higher Education Academy and GENIE, the University of Leicester’s Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning in genetics.

Based in the University of Leicester’s Beyond Distance Research Alliance and GENIE, IMPALA4T (Informal Mobile Podcasting and Learning Adaptation for Transition) has used recordings of students discussing their own experiences to create podcasts, which will prove an invaluable source of advice for students who are just about to begin their time at university.

Podcasts are digital audio recordings (normally MP3s) that can be downloaded from the internet and listened to on a computer or whenever and wherever the mood takes you on an iPod. With content recorded by students, the StartingUni.info podcasts allow the transmission of wisdom from one generation of students to the next, providing a more dynamic and accurate picture of university life than that found in traditional university publications.

The podcasts on StartingUni.info cover a broad range of important topics from the first few days at university to lectures, assessments and accommodation. Notably, in this age of rising student debt, they also cover the issue of money management.

Some examples of the advice given include:

“At the beginning of every week you can get out £20 or £30 or £40, and then you know that that is what you have got to work with that week. And then, so long as you have got some discipline, you will not go out and spend all of your loan on a guitar.”

“It can go both ways: you can actually discover that you can cook, or you can discover that you can cook, but you cannot really be bothered. So, whoever makes the decision to come to self-catered halls has to know themselves very well.”

“However much work I wanted to do - however much work I did not want to do, it was completely up to me. That is where I think a lot of people slide at university. They are too busy having a lot of fun and going out, and they forget why they are here.”

The University of Leicester is recognised for its support for the welfare and education of its students. In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was ranked joint first of the mainstream English universities for overall student satisfaction. It is also the lead institution in two prestigious Centres of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, one of which is GENIE, and home to five of the Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellows. It is hoped that IMPALA4T and the StartingUni.info podcasts will serve to aid such efforts by facilitating an effective transition from school to university, which will have a positive impact upon performance throughout the student’s time in higher education.

Dr. Chris Cane, one of the project’s leaders, said, “We are very excited by this project. The StartingUni podcasts are not just for University of Leicester students, anyone can listen to them. We hope they will really help new students settle into university life. ”

The podcasts can be found at www.StartingUni.info

Ather Mirza | alfa
Further information:
http://www.StartingUni.info
http://www.le.ac.uk

Further reports about: Education Genie IMPALA4T Learning Podcasts StartingUni digital audio recordings iPod

More articles from Communications Media:

nachricht New Technologies for A/V Analysis and Search
13.04.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Digitale Medientechnologie IDMT

nachricht On patrol in social networks
25.01.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO

All articles from Communications Media >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Making lightweight construction suitable for series production

More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.

Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...

Im Focus: Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...

Im Focus: Deep inside Galaxy M87

The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.

Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...

Im Focus: A Quantum Low Pass for Photons

Physicists in Garching observe novel quantum effect that limits the number of emitted photons.

The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...

Im Focus: Microprocessors based on a layer of just three atoms

Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.

Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Fighting drug resistant tuberculosis – InfectoGnostics meets MYCO-NET² partners in Peru

28.04.2017 | Event News

Expert meeting “Health Business Connect” will connect international medical technology companies

20.04.2017 | Event News

Wenn der Computer das Gehirn austrickst

18.04.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Wireless power can drive tiny electronic devices in the GI tract

28.04.2017 | Medical Engineering

Ice cave in Transylvania yields window into region's past

28.04.2017 | Earth Sciences

Nose2Brain – Better Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

28.04.2017 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>