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Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
Bite-size resources for academic skills development
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Bite-size resources for academic skills development

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A new innovative suite of online resources from Skills@Library, and available through the VLE, allow students to pick and choose the support they need, when they need it. We have redesigned our online …

A new innovative suite of online resources from Skills@Library, and available through the VLE, allow students to pick and choose the support they need, when they need it. We have redesigned our online provision to create a suite of bite-size, user-friendly resources, tutorials and activities, making it easier for students to find the support they need on a specific issue, rather than having to complete a full tutorial. The resources are therefore designed to be targeted, interactive and engaging. They cover specific academic skills issues, such as aspects of academic writing, critical thinking, finding and managing information, presenting and referencing.
As well as independent student use, the resources can also be used by academic staff in teaching and blended learning activities, fitting into the curriculum at the appropriate moment.

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    • 1. SEC3 2014 Engaging Leeds Student Support & Student-focused Engagement Symposium Bite-size resources for academic skills development Helen Howard Skills@Library Team Leader
    • 2. SEC3 2014 Engaging Leeds Overall aims • Help students to develop academic skills to be independent, confident learners o enhancing their current learning and research, as well as their future employability • Provide online resources which staff can signpost to or embed in VLE module areas Helen Howard, Student Support & Student-focused Engagement Symposium
    • 3. SEC3 2014 Engaging Leeds Online learning resources - aims • To improve our existing resources: o Some very long tutorials – hard to find the relevant bit o Lack of consistent look, feel and navigation Helen Howard, Student Support & Student-focused Engagement Symposium
    • 4. SEC3 2014 Engaging Leeds Online learning resources - aims • To create a set of short, focused online learning resources: o Easy to use, but interactive and engaging o Variety of topics: choose what you need at the right moment o Can be used independently by students or within blended learning Helen Howard, Student Support & Student-focused Engagement Symposium
    • 5. SEC3 2014 Engaging Leeds Accessing resources • For students and staff: Skills@Library website: by topic or online tutorials page http://library.leeds.ac.uk/skills-online-tutorials • For staff VLE: follow link from Skills@Library website lecturer page or from A-Z guides in VLE Helen Howard, Student Support & Student-focused Engagement Symposium
    • 6. SEC3 2014 Engaging Leeds Feedback Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students were asked to try a tutorial (outside of a teaching session): •98% said tutorials were easy to navigate •88% said the level was about right •79% said that it improved their understanding greatly or quite a lot •92% would recommend the tutorial to a friend Helen Howard, Student Support & Student-focused Engagement Symposium
    • 7. SEC3 2014 Engaging Leeds Feedback “Easy to use and vital to completing assignments” “I found it helpful in gaining a further understanding in the subject area” “It is easy to understand and apply to your own work” “i have it bookmarked on my laptop so i can keep referring back to it.”
    • 8. SEC3 2014 Engaging Leeds How could they be improved / future plans • Further topics to be added: critical thinking, note-taking, essay structuring, exam skills… • Investigate adding more advanced elements • Improve the process of embedding into VLE module areas “Useful if you don't know much about it, too basic if you do though.” Helen Howard, Student Support & Student-focused Engagement Symposium
    • 9. SEC3 2014 Engaging Leeds Skills@Library online resources http://library.leeds.ac.uk/skills-online-tutorials “I have found all the tutorials on skills@library very helpful so far” “I love all the tutorials as they are so helpful and easy to access! :)” Helen Howard h.e.howard@leeds.ac.uk Student Support & Student-focused Engagement Symposium

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