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Evaluating Student Support Systems for International Information Technology Students

Thursday 3:20pm - 3:50pm, CITRENZ Conference (Upstairs 2 (SENZ))

The academic success of every student is important for any educational institute. This is especially the case for international students, who are often paying high course fees and are adapting to what is often a completely alien education system. When students do fail their courses, it is important that their studies be placed back on track as quickly as possible.

This paper evaluates two mechanisms to do this, performance contracts, and student mentoring. The student mentoring system was found to work, but no better than the previous systems.


Mike Watts

Auckland Institute of Studies

Mike Watts is the head of the IT programme at Auckland Institute of Studies.

Previously, Mike was a research fellow in ecological modeling at the University of Adelaide, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Sydney and Lincoln University, and a senior teaching fellow at the University of Otago.

Mikes primary research interests are artificial intelligence, ecological modelling and how to improve the teaching of IT.