Business vocab, analytical and critical skills, essay writing, problem solving, presentation skills, business lectures, referencing, library & referencing skills.6 to 20 week courses all culminate the week prior to Welcome Week
4 work books created which showed how to use the resources
Approx 18 tours per year. Approx 18 staff hoursIn total ran each session 5 times over the summer (25 sessions). Each hands-on session required 1 Subject Advisor to lead and 1-2 assistants. Approx 75 staff hours minimumWe were training on Creative Club (for example) which had no relevance to their assignments
Reduction from a total of 34 pages across 4 work books to 12 pages across 2 work books plus an 18 slide Xerte
Firstly, who’s heard of Xerte?Mention online toolkits – template wizard (link to via title & show the Learning Object demo ( for different kinds of interactivity available)Also mention Glomaker (another similar tech which colleagues have used), innovation awards (2010 Xerte Online Toolkits won the IMS Platinum Impact Award), v active mailing listLink to e.g. of Xerte: www.nottingham.ac.uk/toolkits/play_560 (or via: www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte/toolkits.htm and click on ‘Online Toolkit demo’Can show screenshots of back-end if time.
Download Xerte & download toolkitsOpen page template and save a folderStart creating!
Can’t demo it here because software not downloaded but can show our finished products – save as SCORM files and embedded into our VLE (URL linked from title)
We teach all of BBS PGTs / PGRs in September / October
Support for pre-sessional business courses
BLA Conference 2012: Going Global? Challenges of Internationalisation Library Services: Support for Pre-sessional Business Courses Stephen Bull Subject Advisor (Birmingham Business School) Library Services University of Birmingham Friday 6th July 2012
“The University of Birmingham has been hosting international students since its inception in 1900, and now boast one of the largest international student communities in the UK” University of Birmingham (2012) International Students. Available from: www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/index.aspx. [Accessed: 26 June 2012].
Outline International students in the Birmingham Business School English for International Students Unit: Pre- sessionals Library Services support: „then and now‟ Benefits and considerations of LS involvement Teaching international students using Xerte
Profile of the Birmingham Business School Undergraduate Postgraduate Postgraduate Total Taught ResearchHome/EU 1664 332 34 2030Overseas 158 862 61 1081Total 1822 1194 95 3111 In total, in 2009/10, UoB had 27,276 students of which 3,815 (14%) were overseas students Over 34% of students in the BBS were overseas students Over 70% of students on PGT courses are overseas studentsUniversity of Birmingham (2012) The Planning Office: University Statistics.Available from: www.planning.bham.ac.uk/busint/uni_stats.shtml. [Accessed: 26 June 2012].
Top 10 countries for the College of Social Sciences Rank Country of Domicile Number of Students 1 China 504 2 Taiwan 86 3 India 85 4 Nigeria 78 5 France 70 6 Germany 58 7 USA 57 8 Vietnam 51 9 Thailand 47 10 South Korea 42University of Birmingham (2012) The Planning Office: University Statistics.Available from: www.planning.bham.ac.uk/busint/uni_stats.shtml. [Accessed: 26 June 2012].
English for International Students Unit (EISU) Provide a number of courses including: – Business Management English (BME) For students entering the Business School – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) For students entering other courses (inc. Economics)University of Birmingham (2012) English for International Students Unit.Available from: www.eisu.bham.ac.uk. [Accessed: 26 June 2012].
Pre-sessional Students350300250200150100 Business Management English 50 English for Academic Purposes 0 2009 2010 2011
Business Management English (BME) Courses cover both subject specific and more generic skills Most suitable for students planning to do a business postgraduate course Courses last between 6 and 20 weeks Library Services contribute significantly to this programme…
Library Services offering: then Peel (2011) @matylda for hackNY (2011)iStock Photo 2008: Subject Advisors provided tours, EISU provided eResource training 2009 and 2010: Subject Advisors provided tours and eResource training
eResources Training 2009/10 Vancouver Film School (2008)
The problem… Difficult to sustain: – Student numbers rising – Tours are LS staff intensive – Further LS staff needed for eResource training Resource choice not aligned Could we deliver a better, but more streamlined programme?Phillips (2010)
The solution… Teach the teachers to lead the library tours eResources training – Remove less relevant databases – Reduce from 4 taught sessions: 2 taught sessions – Journal databases / Marketing databases 1 session on iVLE – FAME – Less prescriptive worksheets, more aligned to assignmentsBartell (2008)
What is Xerte? www.nottingham.ac.uk/xerte An open source programme developed at the University of Nottingham which creates interactive elearning modules You don’t need to be a techie to use it!Pittaway, S. and Robertson, C. (2012) eLearning, Innovation and Information Literacy[Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Birmingham]. 27 June.
Benefits Better support to EISU students from LS Improved engagement with eResources training Variety of teaching methods Less LS staff timeTelling (2006)
Challenges Increasing number of students Ensuring students work through the Xerte module Increasing demands on staff time over summer Different levels of expertise of students post-September Sundström and Letzter (2006)
Recommendations Training the teachers to deliver tours Library to retain the lead on eResource training Align teaching with assignments Experiment with Xerte No harm in repeating material post-SeptemberWatkins (2011)
Photo Credits @matylda for hackNY (2011) Summer Series 1: Ann Miura-Ko. Available from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/61623410@N08/5788772871 [Accessed: 28 June 2012]. Balin, J.V. (2006) Unknown_blue. Available from: http://openclipart.org/detail/973/unknown_blue-by- jean_victor_balin [Accessed 28 June 2012] Bartell, K. (2008) Light bulb. Available from: http://openclipart.org/detail/12935/light-bulb-by- anonymous-12935 [Accessed 28 June 2012]. Peel, M. (www.mikepeel.net) (2011) Tour of the British Library. Available from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Editathon,_British_Library_-_tour_6.jpg. [Accessed: 26 June 2012]. Philips, J. (2010) Thought cloud. Available from: http://openclipart.org/detail/36367/thought-cloud-by- anonymous-36367 [Accessed 28 June 2012]. Sundström, O and Letzter, M. (2006). Everest-073. Available from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29367353@N00/279759366 [Accessed 28 June 2012] Telling, J. (2006) Thumbs up. Available from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44124473769@N01/292642699 [Accessed 28 June 2012] Watkins, G.G. (2011). iRecommend. Available from: http://www.library.bham.ac.uk/support/ordering/irecommend.shtml [Accessed 28 June 2012] Vancouver Film School (2008) Digital Character Animation campus at VFS. Available from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/38174668@N05/5843671482 [Accessed: 28 June 2012].Images from Open Clip Art Library (http://openclipart.org), iStock Photo (http://www.istockphoto.com)or via Creative Commons from Flickr (http://www.flickr.com) andWikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org) .