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Pages: 1262-1267
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-02709-5
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2018.0407

Conference name: 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2018
Location: Palma, Spain

PREPARING FOR MASTERS´ STUDIES: A WEB BASED TOOL FOR SELF-ASSESSMENT AND KNOWLEDGE GAP MITIGATION

R. Garrote Jurado1, T. Pettersson2, B. Baghaei1, A. Persson1

1University of Borås (SWEDEN)
2Librarian and Science Teacher (SWEDEN)
This paper presents a project, conducted by three European universities and a software company, funded by Erasmus +, Strategic Partnership. The project addresses the problem that sometime masters´ students do not get their degree within the allocated time, if at all. Apparently some students with the formal prerequisites to register for a master's programme still lacked the actual abilities to manage their studies.

The solution was to design an online HTML5 platform to house self-assessment and learning resource modules for four different master's programmes in Europe. The modules were intended to illustrate the level and abilities that potential applicants were supposed to bring into their studies by a self-assessment test. This anonymous self-assessment test was decoupled from the admission processes. In case lacking abilities were revealed, the modules also offered learning resources to mitigate those gaps.

The access modules provides potential students with a visualization of twelve different skills and knowledge as compared to those identified by lecturers as necessary for study on the master's course. If there are any weak spots identified, the students are presented with a series of learning interventions designed to develop their potential individual set of remedy their ability flaws.

The authors suggest that providing potential students with this kind of material can raise their awareness of what the programme really takes. In this way students with false expectations can be avoided and the ones who applies come better prepared, which the use of access modules potentially can leads to improved enrolment, completion rate, time-to-degree and retention in a wide range of academic programmes.
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R. Garrote Jurado, T. Pettersson, B. Baghaei, A. Persson (2018) PREPARING FOR MASTERS´ STUDIES: A WEB BASED TOOL FOR SELF-ASSESSMENT AND KNOWLEDGE GAP MITIGATION, EDULEARN18 Proceedings, pp. 1262-1267.
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