Project Type

WordPress – Lincoln First Year (Pilot)

As part of the Lincoln First Year project, the aim was to build an online course for students to aid transition to University.   The course was piloted with 500 pre-arrival students from Architecture, Psychology, Business Accountancy and Finance, and Mathematics

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Project Status Active

Start Date.

June 2019

End Date.

November 2019

Project Lead

Mike Shaw

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Project update

  • February 2020
  • November 2019
    Focus groups have been run to qualitatively evaluate the impact of the site.
  • August 2019
    The site launched on 27.08.19 in parallel to the Countdown to Lincoln app.
  • July 2019
    Robust testing of the account sign-up, completion of activities, digital badging, and output of the reports was carried out by the Digital Education and Student Life team. Students were invited to sign up to the site and were first asked to complete a self-assessment survey based on a subset of the 'Getting Started' question set. The answers to this survey then prioritised areas of the course based on the student responses providing a unique learner journey. Students were award digital badges for the completion of sections of the course. Completion entailed a range of activities from watching a video, passing a multiple choice quiz, or completing short answer questions that would feed into the student portfolio. The student's 'My Profile' page displayed a log of achievements/badges, a collation of responses to the short answer questions along with a link to export the content to pdf. Students were encouraged to complete the course and bring their exported content to their Personal Tutor in order to facilitate conversations. Completion of the three core modules and one discipline specific module unlocked an additional module titled 'The Lincoln Award' which invited students to begin the first steps towards the University's developmental/employability scheme The Lincoln Award.
  • June 2019
    The course has been build using the Learn Dash plug-in on WordPress on a dedicated site installed by the Digital Education Team. Collaboration between Mark Smith, Chloe Rollings and Michael Shaw have produced three main elements of the course. Discipline specific content has been included and provided by the relevant schools.