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Improving the first year experience

Improving the first year experience of students at UCPH – How do we improve the students’ learning outcomes and reduce the number of students leaving their bachelor programme during first year?

The purpose of the project concerning first year at university is to develop the teaching and learning activities at the first year of the bachelor programmes in order to improve the students’ learning outcomes and reduce the number of students leaving their bachelor programme during first year.

Danish and international research has shown that the transition into university is difficult for quite a few students, and large part of the students leaving the study programmes without completing do so during first year. The project is a part of PKK (Developing the teaching competences close to practice). Therefore, it has been a focus of the project that the development of the teaching and learning activities at the courses was made by the teachers actually teaching the course, and that the teachers’ experiences with the development activities were shared with other teachers at UCPH. At the same time, the development project would contribute to the development of the teacher’s own competence development.

The project has developed two products that could be helpful for teachers who would like to develop their own teaching and to evaluate their experiences with the development activity.

  • The first is a leaflet that briefly present the different steps in a development project.
  • The second consists of two templates that are meant as a help when teachers are setting up goals and activities and when they are to evaluate the development project.

The main outcomes of the project are the various development activities that have been carried out at a number of study programmes across the faculties of UCPH. It will be possible to see examples of the teachers’ own evaluations of these activities.