UC&R East Midlands event slides 8th June 2010 'New tricks? librarians teaching study skills at Loughborough' - Elizabeth Gadd


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UC&R East Midlands event slides 8th June 2010 'New tricks? librarians teaching study skills at Loughborough' - Elizabeth Gadd

  1. 1. New tricks? Librarians teaching study skills at Loughborough Elizabeth Gadd Academic Services Manager (Engineering) Study Skills Coordinator
  2. 2. Outline of the session <ul><li>How we found ourselves teaching study skills </li></ul><ul><li>What we offer </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges faced </li></ul><ul><li>A modest proposal? </li></ul>
  3. 3. How we found ourselves teaching study skills... <ul><ul><li>Historically study skills support offered by Learning & Teaching Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change of focus onto staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library rescued study skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advice sheets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1-hour workshops </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roberts funding for FT AL post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increased generic support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Offered embedded support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online tutorial development </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What we offer – Advice sheets <ul><li>Learning at University </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Development Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Studying at a distance </li></ul><ul><li>Time management </li></ul><ul><li>Minimising stress </li></ul><ul><li>Taking notes </li></ul><ul><li>Reading efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>What does the question mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Essay writing </li></ul><ul><li>Report writing </li></ul><ul><li>Oral presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Working in groups </li></ul><ul><li>Revision and exam skills </li></ul><ul><li>Doing a literature review* </li></ul><ul><li>Questionnaire Design* </li></ul><ul><li>Citing and referencing* </li></ul><ul><li>Developing mathematical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Using Word in assignments* </li></ul><ul><li>Using PowerPoint in oral presentations * </li></ul>
  5. 5. Library workshop for PhD Research Training Programme
  6. 6. What we offer – Generic skills workshops <ul><li>Creating your future (PDP)  </li></ul><ul><li>Writing better essays  </li></ul><ul><li>Working smarter not harder </li></ul><ul><li>(Time management) </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking your mind </li></ul><ul><li>(Presentation skills)  </li></ul><ul><li>Focus your reading </li></ul><ul><li>Making your point </li></ul><ul><li>(Writing reports)  </li></ul><ul><li>Deciphering your notes </li></ul><ul><li>References and citations explained  </li></ul><ul><li>Excelling in your exams </li></ul><ul><li>Could do better (Revision skills) </li></ul>
  7. 8. What we offer – Embedded skills teaching Topic Sessions 2008/9 (12 months) Sessions 2009/10 (9 months) Intro to study skills/ learning 3 6 Group work 2 3 PDP 1 1 Poster design 0 1 Presentation skills 3 0 Revision & exam skills 3 1 Time management 2 2 Writing skills 4 3 Total 18 17
  8. 9. What we offer – online tutorial <ul><li>“ Studytrail” </li></ul><ul><li>Available on VLE (Moodle) </li></ul><ul><li>6 skills modules </li></ul><ul><li>Due to be merged with our “Infotrail” tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Writing skills & time management most popular modules. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Challenges faced: The need for joined-up support “ We suggest that librarians and staff supporting IT, careers, widening participation, accessibility and learning development need better opportunities to learn from each other as the nature of successful study changes. There is background evidence that literacies transfer poorly across boundaries, a finding the makes joined-up support all the more critical. ” Learning Literacies in a Digital Age. (2009) JISC URL: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/briefingpapers/2009/learningliteraciesbp.aspx
  10. 12. <ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills Forum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Hub & Employability Award </li></ul></ul>Challenges faced – internal overlap
  11. 13. Challenges faced – academic resistance <ul><li>“Loughborough students already have study skills” </li></ul><ul><li>Solution: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Transferrable skills in the curriculum” course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Science MSc students project </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. Challenges faced – 1-2-1 support <ul><ul><li>International and DANS students have access to 1-2-1 skills support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing for able-bodied home students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solution: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with English Language Support to improve provision </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Survey of LLOs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 15. Challenges faced – teaching the teachers <ul><ul><li>No formal training amongst Academic Librarians to teach study skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Absence of external “study skills teaching” courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solutions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Observation & Team teaching </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“Teaching a topic from scratch” session </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HEA pathway </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SDR process </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>East Midlands “Skills share” network </li></ul><ul><li>A skills teacher from one HEI observes a workshop at another HEI </li></ul><ul><li>The observed teacher then reciprocates </li></ul><ul><li>Result: Good practice shared </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome: improved student experience across the sector! </li></ul><ul><li>Any interest? </li></ul>A proposal
  15. 17. Contact details <ul><li>Elizabeth Gadd </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 01509 222342 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: e.a.gadd@lboro.ac.uk </li></ul>