The University of east London have been using a range of Aspire schemes since 2006 to help them improve retention and enhance the student experience. The data they get from tablet and eBook usage is a key component of their engagement and intervention modelling and activity.
Today they work with Aspire, Samsung and Kortext on a scheme that sees every student provided with a UEL study tablet and access to their core textbooks as eBooks. UEL had three main goals when implementing their scheme:
- Improve retention and progression
- Support the focus on a learning culture
- Help students make the most of the time they spend at UEL
How it works
All 1st year students received a tablet that has been pre-loaded with an array of resources:
- Core textbooks for each module
- Links to the VLE and the library system
- Links to the enquiries system
- Access to lecture capture, MOOCs and other learning resources
In years 2 and 3 students receive further core textbooks for the modules they take.
The better outcome
For the University:
The faculty can design course delivery knowing students have access to the textbooks and learning resources needed to succeed.
The Library can direct resources at the wider reading list requirements. Since the bursary's introduction, retention has improved by 6%
NSS has improved from 79% to 83%
It's a great scheme especially for those students who may not be able to afford to buy books such as myself.
Excellent idea; saves students a lot of money not having to purchase all their resources.
The free books scheme is excellent. It has helped me to study at a calmer pace. I did not have to spend a lot of money on the books.
It’s brilliant, saves carrying books around and facing library fines if books are not returned on time, lost or damaged.