Conversations about Retaining and Engaging First-in-Family learners in HE Forum (Fri 25/11, pre-Forum workshops 24/11)
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Conversations about Retaining and Engaging First-in-Family learners in HE Forum (Fri 25/11, pre-Forum workshops 24/11)

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University of Wollongong

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Did you know that over half Australian students are first in their families to attend university? And that over a quarter of them consider leaving in their first year? Or, that during the difficult times, students are more likely to turn to family (or their community) for support?

If you'd like to

  • learn more about current research into first-in-family learners and their support needs

  • network with researchers and practitioners who are 'innovating' in this field

  • be inspired by examples of best practice and research

then REGISTER  for Conversations about Retaining and Engaging First-in-Family Learners in HE .

The main event is an all-day forum on Friday 25th November with invited speakers and sessions that showcase research and innovative best practice and research.

We are also able to offer exciting pre-conference workshops on Thursday 24th November from 2.00 - 4.30pm. Here we'll present two innovative programs with Indigenous students that demonstrate innovations in the design of access, engagement and retention of first-in-family students. 

The  program is available below: 


Pre-Forum Workshop schedule: Thursday 24 November, 2016 

1:30 pm:     Registration (Building 20) and refreshments

2:00 pm:     Welcome to Country (Ms Jodi Edwards)

2:15 pm:     Focus on AIME Mentoring (see below for details)

3:15 pm:     Best Practice in Online Remote Mentoring: iSee online mentoring with young people in remote settings (see below for details)

4:15-4:45:   Implications for Practice

4.45:           Close


Forum schedule: Friday 25 November, 2016

8:30 am:   Registration (Building 20) and tea/coffee

9:00 am:   Welcome to Country (Ms Jodi Edwards)

9:15 am:   Opening Address

9:30 am:   Invited speaker: Dr ‘Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki, University of Auckland: A Global Perspective: Exploring First in Family learners’ experiences internationally


10:15 am: Morning tea


10:45 am: Lightening Presentations on Best Practice and Research: Stream 1 and Stream 2

11:30 am: Invited speakers: A/Prof Sharron King, A/Prof Ben McCann, Dr Ann Luzeckyj, University of South Australia (UniSA): Transforming Identity: First in family students’ experiences of success at university 

12:15 pm: Lightening Presentations on Best Practice and Research: Stream 1 and Stream 2


1:00 pm: Lunch and networking


1:45 pm: Invited speaker: Dr Cathy Stone, NCSEHE Fellow / University of Newcastle: Improving participation, success and retention of online first-in-family university students

2:30 pm: Invited speaker: Ms Kara King, Charles Sturt University: Supporting students who are first in family and community to come to university: A focus on resources

3:15 pm: Roundtable discussion with speakers on themes emerging from the forums, questions, comments from participants

3:45 pm: Where to from here?

4:00 pm Finish


Pre-Conference Workshops Details

AIME Mentoring: The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) connects with large numbers of first in family Indigenous students in over half of Australia’s universities. This session will present information about the approaches used by AIME at different student stages (from primary to high school, at university) and demonstrate the innovations that have enabled AIME to successfully support first in family students to participate in higher education. For more details see: http://www.uowblogs.com/aimeresearchpartnership/

iSEE online mentoring with young people in remote settings. In this presentation we will demonstrate our work with the developers of the iSEE platform, an online ‘classroom/campus’ environment. The project is at the 'incubator stage’, with pilot work in progress to deliver online mentoring between university students and high school students using an ‘avatar’ modality.  The technology offers unique ways that students separated by distance can meet and build social and cultural capital. 


Conference Session Details

A Global Perspective: Exploring First in Family learners’ experiences internationally

Dr 'Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki, Lecturer, Centre for Learning & Research in Higher Education (CLeaR), University of Auckland, NZ. For details go to: http://www.firstinfamily.com.au/blog/national-forum/speaker-bio-ema-wolfgramm-foliaki/



Transforming Identity: First in family students’ experiences of success at University

A/Prof Sharron King, A/Prof Ben McCann, Dr Ann Luzeckyj, University of South Australia. For details go to: http://www.firstinfamily.com.au/blog/national-forum/invited-speakers-overview/


Improving participation, retention and success of online first-in-family university students

Dr Cathy Stone 2016 Equity Fellow, the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) Australia and The University of Newcastle. For  details go to: http://www.firstinfamily.com.au/blog/national-forum/speaker-bio-dr-cathy-stone/


 Supporting students who are first in family and community to university: A focus on resources

Kara King, Charles Sturt University. For  details go to: http://www.firstinfamily.com.au/blog/national-forum/speaker-kara-king/


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