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Lysaght, P. & Walton, R. (2006). Dive in 2005 - a CD Rom in ''student speak'' for first year students. 9th Pacific Rim Conference - First Year in Higher Education - Engaging Students Brisbane: QUT.


This paper reports on the development of a CD-ROM for undergraduate students beginning their first year of study in 2005 in the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong. The CD (entitled Dive In 2005: A Guide for Beginning Education Students) includes information about many aspects of university life ranging from general policies, procedures and resources to facultyspecific items that support the academic and social life of Education students. An innovative feature of Dive In 2005 is the degree of involvement of “experienced” undergraduate students at every level of its production. By drawing on the wisdom of these continuing students as well as staff within the faculty, a body of information was constructed to support the needs of new students. The result is a portable resource using informal language and engaging graphics that makes the information presented both relevant and readily accessible to students in transition.

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