24 6 08 Amalgamated Group Presentations

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This is the collected slides from the small-group task, asking participants in the June 24th event to identify what they thought were the three most important academic skills for students to develop.

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24 6 08 Amalgamated Group Presentations

  1. 1. Three Most Important Academic Skills <ul><ul><li>Information Literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Referencing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Finding Information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluating Information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to write for different audiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Essays </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lab Reports </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem Solving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Application of IT </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Knowing where to get help </li></ul></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Information Literacy <ul><ul><li>Different skills at different levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expectations of first year differ to expectations of 3 rd year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Approaches to learning impact on IL required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Context specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library MOLE tutorials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ELTC & WAS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embed into course – Greater buy-in from academics </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Writing for different audiences <ul><ul><li>Very subject specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complexity increases with level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I’ve never been taught how to write a lab report” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearer expectations & guidance </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Problem Solving <ul><ul><li>Subject specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complexity increases with level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May involve group work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different types of assessment? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support from department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearer expectations </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 3 important academic skills for independent learning Discipline / Motivation / Reflection / Self aware <ul><li>Analysing and evaluating </li></ul><ul><li>(making judgements) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>exploring texts/reading </li></ul></ul>How to find/locate resources / Time management / Strategic learning / Note-taking Subject-specific Support and development
  6. 6. Three most important academic skills Reflection, Resourcefulness, Communication… some unfinished thoughts…
  7. 7. Reflection <ul><ul><li>Generic to all levels/subjects/learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supported already </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Generally: PDP, personal tutorials </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subject specific: e.g. education/medicine/vocation subjects/… </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance: encourage to keep learning journal… </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Resourcefulness <ul><ul><li>Generic to all levels/subjects/learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supported already </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>library paper based and on-line material, dyslexia learning material, ELTC WAS, MOLE vle </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dept. specific: guidance on finding resources for learning or research </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance -> incorporating research skills as part of course </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Communication <ul><ul><li>Generic to all levels/subjects/learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supported already </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>dyslexia guidance, ELTC services, MASH </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dept. specific: guidance on oral and written presentation skills (sometimes specific modules), opportunities to practise </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced: getting students on board – assess?? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. TASH
  11. 11. The Meta-Skills Approach <ul><ul><li>Academic Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Academic Skills <ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synthesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Through courses and contact with staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Move from learn-by-error to tuition </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Personal Skills <ul><ul><li>Time management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-organisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Haphazard </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Needed from Level 1 – comprehended from Level 3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal tutor </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Communication Skills <ul><ul><li>Written language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groupwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Variable by department </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Through link to existing material </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. One way of summarising all of this <ul><ul><li>Communication skills - writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication skills - other forms of communication (presentation, multimedia work, online literacies) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem-solving and working with data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection - being aware of where you are, and where you need to be </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic literacy - referencing, time management, induction and awareness of changes at different levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Inter)personal skills - groupwork,self-organisation, self-motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analytical skills </li></ul></ul>

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