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A guide to resources of interest to teachers of first year units at the University of New England, Australia.
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Overview - the 'big picture' view of the First Year Experience, including major reports outlining the challenges and issues surrounding teaching first year units.


First Year Experience Reports

James, R., Krause, K-L., & Jennings, C. (2010). The first year experience in Australian universities: Findings from 1994 to 2009. Centre for the Study of Higher Education, The University of Melbourne and Griffith Institute for Higher Education, Griffith.

Krause, K., Hartley, R., James, R., & McInnis, C. (2005). The first year experience in Australian universities: Findings from a decade of national studies. Canberra: Australian Department of Education, Science and Training.

Nelson, K., Clarke, J., Kift, S., & Creagh, T. (2011). Trends in Policies, Programs and Practices in the Australasian First Year Experience Literature 2000-2010: Queensland University of Technology.

Yorke,  M. and Longden, B.  (2008) The first-year experience of higher education in the UK. The Higher Education Academy. Retrieved from



Nelson, Karen J., Creagh, Tracy A., Kift, Sally M., & Clarke, John A. (2010) Transition pedagogy handbook : a good practice guide for policy and practice in the first year experience. (Unpublished).


Practical tips

Best Practices for Teaching First-Year Undergraduates - Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon University (2002).

Educating the Net Generation - This project has drawn on the expertise of teachers to develop and implement pedagogically sound, technology-based tools to enhance student learning in local learning environments.

First Year in Higher Education (FYHE) – a virtual centre for researchers and practitioners that brings together the FYHE conference, the International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education and a suite of FYHE resources.The website includes information on transition pedagogy, and provides case studies and good practice guides with an Australian focus.

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