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Individualized Multimedia Interventions to Develop Generic Soft Skills and Improve Throughput Rates of First-Year University Students
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, Academic Support: Tracking System, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, South Africa ; , Stellenbosch University, South Africa

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

World-wide universities are concerned about success rates of first-year students. Numerous international studies have proved that both academic and non-academic factors play a role in academic performance. Consequently various interventions have been launched to address these factors. It has also been proven scientifically that certain interventions do indeed influence these factors and academic performance positively. This paper focuses on the non-academic factors and it describes a computerized tracking system that is used firstly to identify the non-academic needs of first-year students and secondly to provide individualized multimedia interventions to address these needs. Personal Development Plans (PDP’s) are compiled for each student. Results from a prediction model that identify the critical non-academic factors that influence academic success are used to fine-tune these PDP’s. The multimedia interventions are described in detail and implementation experiences are shared.

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Du Plessis, A. & Menkveld, H. (2008). Individualized Multimedia Interventions to Develop Generic Soft Skills and Improve Throughput Rates of First-Year University Students. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 5610-5617). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 25, 2022 from .

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