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Online study skills ADSHE 2011



Talk given at Association of Dyslexic Students in Higher Education conference

Talk given at Association of Dyslexic Students in Higher Education conference



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  • Research has shown that students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia prefer information to be presented in a multi-sensory way (Mortimore, 2003)

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  • Access to Study SkillsOnline Study Guides
    Fiona White and Matthew Mobbs
  • Background
    AccessAbility Centre offers:
    Face-to-face study support for students with Specific Learning Difficulties
    4 Study Advisers offering 6 x 1 hour long appointments per day
    676 students with SpLDs registered with Centre
    University of Leicester
    22,802 students in total
    8,651 (38%) distance learners
    Only 36 distance learners with SpLDs registered with Centre
  • New Approach
    To engage and support DL students and a new approach for campus based students
    10 Online Study Guides
    Designed based on ‘most frequently requested’ study support sessions
  • Pedagogical Design
    Multisensory approach preferred by students with SpLDs (Mortimore, 2003).
    Visuals – colour, images and subtitles
    Audio – Voice over
    Kinaesthetic – Interactivity
    Length and style
    Kept short to hold students’ attention. Approx 10 minutes each (Edirisingha, Salmon, Nie. 2008)
    Mixed approaches: interactive activities, information and guidance and informal tone (Edirisingha, Salmon, Nie. 2008)
  • The Guides
  • Example
  • How they were made
    Adobe Presenter
  • How they were made
    Adobe Presenter
  • How they were made
  • How they were made
    Adobe Presenter
    • PowerPoint Plugin
    • Combine Audio and visuals
    • Published to the Web
  • Alternative Free Tools
  • Alternative Free Tools
  • Raising Awareness
    • Cards - posters
    • Web
    • Blackboard
    • YouTube
    • Podcasts
    • Course Handbooks
    • Direct mailing to distance learners
    • Email to all dyslexic students
  • Feedback Methodology
    Monitoring hits
    3766 in total by June 2011
    Indication of support needs
    Patterns of use (seasonal and time of day)
    Survey (online)
    Capturing learner type (distance or campus-based)
    Qualitative written feedback
    Focus Groups
    2 focus groups
    Formal Student interview
    Informal feedback via study advice sessions
  • Feedback
    Students have been positive about the resources:
    appreciating different elements of the delivery depending on learning styles;
    using the guides in a variety of ways, ie.
    1) when it was difficult to get a face to face session,
    2) to prepare for a meeting with a Study Adviser,
    3) as consolidation after a study advice session.
  • Feedback
    Some students viewed the guides a number of times.
    They appreciated being able to access the guides 24/7.
    Comments included:
    ‘I liked the ‘Improving Memory’ one in particular: they had a sort of practical memory test right there and then. You can see that it actually works; and it stayed in my memory for longer…’
    ‘…it’s nice to have this preliminary stuff done and out of the way so you can really concentrate on a specific area…You’ve built on something so when you get to the study adviser she can push you further’.
  • Feedback – Points for improvement
    Students didn’t like font size and theme. There is no ability to change this on Adobe Connect.
    Some students wanted to be able to skip whole sections of the presentation.
    Students wanted more control over the pacing of the material.
    Some students wanted more examples.
    It was suggested that more in-depth presentations follow on from these ‘short intro’ guides
  • Future Developments
    Study guides to be signposted to every student booking a study advice session
    iTunesU and YouTube
    One to one study advice sessions to be offered remotely using web conferencing tools e.g. Skype and Elluminate.
  • Examples of study guides
    Improving Memory
    Essay Writing
  • Contact details
    Fiona White
    Study Adviser
    0116 252 5002
    Matt Mobbs
    Learning Technologist
    Twitter: @mjmobbs Blog:
    0116 229 7753