University outreach; a line of work for enhancing students' academic identity within distance education and open universities
Wednesday, June 25 3:05-3:25 PM
Presider:Marianna Vivitsou, CICERO Learning, University of Helsinki , Finland
Academic identity involves a whole particular social process in which individuals recognize important cultural, historical social and academic events of their university, as well as they also recognize themselves as part of them. In the particular case of distance and open education universities, academic identity is seen also as an important way of connecting students with their institutions, having as a consequence a better academic performance and a bigger permanence rate. In this sense, university outreach within the university’s community becomes a core activity that has to be done. Along this presentation, we will present some of the university outreach activities that have been taken at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in order to enhance academic identity among students of the open and distance education system (SUAyED).