Keep on tracking – update for November

This is a short update on the 2017-18 tracker project and a few ‘last chance’ dates for your diary. Whether you’ve already launched your surveys, or are still deciding whether to take part, there’s plenty going on.

Last-chanceOn 21st and 28th November we’re running webinars to help you find out more about the tracker. For the benefit of international partners we are offering different start times for different timezones, but we have made them open to UK institutions as well. Follow this link to register for the time and date you want. As a one-off, we are extending the deadline for UK organisations until 30 November 2017 to allow you to benefit from these webinars. That means you must sign up and complete your confirmation form before the end of this month (international partners have until 31 January 2018).

On 14 December we are repeating the ‘getting started’ webinar we ran on 9 October, which covers a host of technical and logistical issues. You can still download the recording of that first webinar, but if you prefer to participate live, or if you want someone else to attend (for example if you are sharing responsibility for the tracker at your organisation), please follow this link and select the 14 December.

We have almost 200 organisations registered to run the tracker this year, including a growing number of international universities. There is now a whole area of the site for our international partners, and we are in the process of setting up in-country peer groups (you will be emailed about this once you confirm your participation).

With so much data to be gathered in from students, we are launching a series of expert panels to help us interpret it. Tracker users and students will play a full part in making sense of the evidence and deciding on the key messages. If you’re involved in running the tracker and think you could help, please apply here to take part before 30 November. The commitment extends to two virtual meetings in May/June 2018, and of course some reading and interpretation of summative data. By gaining an early insight into the overall findings, and sharing a high level discussion with experts and other participants, you will be really well placed to understand the data you are collecting in your own organisation.

Links from this blog post

  • Register for one of the three webinars here
  • Sign up to run the tracker in your organisation here (deadlines 30 November 2017 for UK organisations, 31 January 2018 for non-UK organisations)
  • Apply to be part of a tracker review panel here
  • Download recording of previous ‘getting started’ webinar here
  • Explore information for international universities here

If you are part of the tracker project this year, you’ll be receiving regular updates via the email discussion list. If you’re one of our international partners you’ll soon be part of an in-country network too. Get in touch if you feel you are missing out on any of these updates and communications. And keep checking this blog!

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