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Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014
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Introducing Spark - Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Fria-Brown - SASSY 2014

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Presented at the 2014 Student Affairs and Services Symposium at York University. This session, based on a poster session held at the recent CACUSS conference, will introduce participants to York …

Presented at the 2014 Student Affairs and Services Symposium at York University. This session, based on a poster session held at the recent CACUSS conference, will introduce participants to York University's new, free, e-learning academic writing resource, SPARK (Student Papers and Academic Research Kit). SPARK is a collaborative, pan-university project funded by the York University Academic Innovation Fund, and created by the Learning Commons, a partnership of the York University Libraries, the Learning Skills Services and the Writing Centre.

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  • 1. Cathy Boyd-Withers and Mona Frial-Brown Learning Skills Services CACUSS 2014: NAVIGATING CHANGE Poster Session June 9, 2014 Introducing SPARK A free e-learning tool for students
  • 2. What is SPARK? E.learning resource, accessible freely online, to help students with academic writing tasks Created by the Learning Commons, a pan-university collaborative partnership, consisting of: • Learning Skills Services • York University Libraries • Writing Centre Organized around the process of completing written academic assignments • Emphasis on promoting “academic literacies”: research, writing and learning skills • • • Division of Students PARTNERS IN STUDENT SUCCESS
  • 3. Learning Skills Services Who are we? • Administratively, LSS is located in the Division of Students, as a separate unit within Counselling&Disability Services • Learning Skills Services (LSS) are open to all York students, undergraduate and graduate, at any level of study • Director, Polly MacFarlane, EdD • 2 full-time Learning Skills Specialists • Cathy Boyd-Withers, PhD • Mona Frial-Brown, M.Ed. • Founding partner in The Learning Commons, with Libraries and Writing Centre • Key partner in development of Divis•ion of Students PARTNERS IN STUDENT SUCCESS
  • 4. Learning Skills Services • • Learning Skills Services (LSS) are about “learning how to learn”, improving student effectiveness and efficiency at studying and completing assignments, and helping students to achieve their academic goals, through fostering: • Self-knowledge about learning and motivation • Time management and organizational skills • Core academic literacies such as reading, note-taking, critical thinking, exam preparation Learning Skills Services include workshops, drop-in times, individual sessions, and consultation on learning skills topics with faculty and staff across the university What do we do? Division of Students PARTNERS IN STUDENT SUCCESS
  • 5. Origins • Idea began in The Learning Commons, over 4 yrs ago • Generated and developed by Virtual Learning Commons Subcommittee • Sketched out rough plan • Funding opportunity arose,2011 – YorkU Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) • Applied and won generous funding for 3 yrs – 2011-2014 • Organization •Steering Committee, led by Libraries •Representing all partners: Learning Skills, Libraries, Writing Centre • Writing teams for each module, representation from all partners • External web developer hired for technical aspects Launched: Oct 16, 2013 • New Faculty Module to launch F2014 • Supporting Student Success Division of Students PARTNERS IN STUDENT SUCCESS •
  • 6. Division of Students PARTNERS IN STUDENT SUCCESS Designed to Support Teaching and Learning Academic Support Services (eg. Learning Commons: Learning Skills, Writing Centre, Libraries) Faculty (Faculty Module to launch F2014) Students (Online modules)
  • 7. Division of Students PARTNERS IN STUDENT SUCCESS
  • 8. • 13 main modules, organized across 3 categories, reflecting key phases of writing a paper: • Getting Started • Exploring • Pulling It Together • Resources/worksheets to accompany each module • Can be done in any order, to allow for recursive nature of writing • 2 additional modules at or nearing completion • Academic Integrity – launched summer 2014 • Faculty module – to launch Fall 2014 www.yorku.ca/spark Division of Students PARTNERS IN STUDENT SUCCESS Organization of SPARK
  • 9. Supporting Student Success • Promoting Student Success through Partnership • Built / strengthened key partnerships across campus • A "win-win" for everyone,especially students! Bridged traditional "Academic versus Student Services" divide, typical of most universities • • End result stronger than any one unit could have produced Division of Students PARTNERS IN STUDENT SUCCESS
  • 10. Division of Students PARTNERS IN STUDENT SUCCESS
  • 11. Explore SPARK Hands-On! • Time Management • "Blank Schedule" • Gathering & Noting Ideas • “Note Taking Worksheet” Effective Reading Strategies • "Conquering Difficult Readings" Revising Your Arguments • “Peer Review Guide” • • Find each of the following Modules and associated Resource: Division of Students PARTNERS IN STUDENT SUCCESS
  • 12. Contact Information: Cathy Boyd-Withers Learning Skills Specialist cathybw@yorku.ca Mona Frial-Brown Learning Skills Specialist mfrial@yorku.ca Learning Skills Services http://lss.info.yorku.ca

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