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Why is social media important to higher education students?

Posted by Lucia Hubinska on January 11, 2022

The tremendous expansion of social media and other Web 2.0 technologies is unprecedented. As users create content, post images, select to 'like' or engage in a game, social media technology has become an integral element of daily life. Social media now influences how people communicate, share information, broadcast events, update people, and create community.

"Nowhere is the use of social media more evident than in the practice of higher education. Facebook got its start at Harvard University to connect students and its use has expanded steadily since its inception in 2004. What started at one university for one group of students has now stretched to other platforms and extended to include virtually all communities throughout the world"[i]

The pervasiveness of social media is nowhere more evident than at universities, where the technology is redefining how students connect, collaborate, and study. Our students socialise, learn, work, build professional identities, and participate in professional networks and diverse interest groups in this networked world.  

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Topics: Blog, Student Support, Student experience, Student Engagement, Guest blog

Clear improvements in student learning and living experience

Posted by Guy Perring on December 1, 2021

Two weeks ago we looked at data on overall happiness and satisfaction from the live data from this year’s Student Barometer. This week I want to focus on aspects of the learning and living experience as students have now had a few weeks back on campus and we can review their reflections from data from 18th November which has data from over 10,000 students from institutions across over 10 countries (including the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, Australia, China and Singapore). The survey is live from September to mid-December each year and we expect more than 50,000 students to have responded by the close.

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog, Student experience, i-graduate, Student wellbeing, International students

Using benchmarking to navigate funding cuts in Arts Universities

Posted by Tribal Group on November 15, 2021

Benchmarking has long been considered by strategic leaders in education to be a vital tool for data-driven decision-making. Particularly in times of sector restructure or funding cuts, benchmarking data is used by individual institutions to mitigate risks and stabilise or strengthen their financial position by modelling operations on similar, leaner universities. 

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog, Benchmarking

Individual learning plans (ILPs) and Ofsted

Posted by Carla Martinho on November 12, 2021

How ILPs create naturally occurring evidence for Ofsted 

In 2019 Ofsted launched their new Education Inspection Framework(EIF),representing a significant shift in focus from qualification achievement rates as a key indicator of quality to giving learners  "...the knowledge and skills for future learning and employment" and “…the cultural capital they need to succeed in life."
(Source: Intent, Education inspection framework, Updated 23 July 2021)

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Topics: Further Education, Blog, Student experience

Things are looking up for international students

Posted by Guy Perring on November 9, 2021

Over the last few months, we’ve been filled with hope as institutions have begun to open their doors to students from around the world. Inevitably, countries have taken differing approaches with some more cautious than others, but what remains clear is a desire at all levels to get back to some form of normalcy and with a return to our campuses we can begin to re-create those vibrant communities of learning.

If you want to know how students are really feeling we, at Tribal i-graduate, are uniquely positioned to give insights in real time on the global views of international students. Our bi-annual student barometer process is now live (since early October) and we already have responses from over 7,000 students. Each participating institution gets a ‘live’ dashboard of their own key results and we can aggregate the data to give everyone a global view. The data we have highlighted here is from 8th November 2021, so as up to date as you could possibly wish!

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog, Student experience, i-graduate, Student wellbeing, International students

Inclusive learning plans: inspiring all learners to thrive

Posted by Gabriella Walshaw on October 27, 2021

ILPs, or individual learning plans, first began as a way to help learners understand how to succeed. Although they are often now pinned to academic outcomes like specific grades or qualifications, they can and do still help learners at every level take their next steps.  

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Topics: Further Education, Blog

University mental health and wellbeing services – what’s next?

Posted by Ella Higham on October 26, 2021

How can universities keep up with student expectations for support services? - Panel discussion at the Higher Education Conference 2021

The past year has proved the importance of university mental health services in uncertain times. A recent report from the digital charity Mental Health Innovations revealed that the university experience had been far from rosy for many students, who have had to navigate the usual stressors and anxieties now compounded in the landscape of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog, Student Support, Student wellbeing

Benchmarking the student experience across Singapore

Posted by Guy Perring on October 19, 2021

We have been working in the Singapore private sector for the last 6 years providing benchmarking of the student experience using the Student Barometer. This has contributed towards enhancing quality and providing key benchmarking data which institutions have used for their external audits from CPE as well as contributing to EduTrust status.

For all of us, the last 18 months have been some of the most challenging of our professional and personal lives. We maintained at Tribal i-graduate that it was vital that institutions continued to listen to students to ensure they were still meeting their needs.

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Topics: Higher Education, Blog, Student experience, Internationalisation, Asia, i-graduate, Student Barometer

The international student experience in Europe – 2021 findings from the ISB

Posted by Nannett on October 18, 2021

What makes an international student decide on an institution? And what makes them recommend that institution to prospective international students? Just two questions that universities across the globe are asking themselves. Two questions the International Student Barometer (ISB) helps answer, specifically for that institution and within a national, regional, global or bespoke benchmark to understand the comparison to other higher education institutions.  

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Topics: Blog, School Improvement, Internationalisation, Europe

What is an individual learning plan (ILP)?

Posted by Gabriella Walshaw on September 28, 2021

What does ILP mean in education?

ILP stands for individual learning plan or individualised learning plan. ILPs define a learner’s academic, personal, and employment goals. They separate these goals into individual targets, accompanied by reviews – the educational equivalent of professional appraisals.

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Topics: Further Education, Blog, Student experience