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Skills to succeed?Academic skills support atLoughborough University    Stephanie McKeating Academic Services Manager
Outline of the session How the Library  came to be teaching  academic skills What we offer Challenges Future plans
Academic skills and the Library  Historically study skills support offered by Learning &   Teaching Centre     Change of...
Generic workshops 2005/6 – 2007/8 Originally two separate generic streams    Lunchtime in the Library – traditional info...
Study skills topics Time management       Revision & exam skills Reading & note-       PDP (introduced in  taking     ...
Get the Know-How: Skills to succeed 2008/9 - two streams merged and branded as   Get the Know-How: skills to succeed Co...
Get the Know-How 2011/12 Reintroduced booking via VLE (Moodle) Trialled new times and venues   Nearly 40% courses outsi...
E    EE            E   = Evening session
Attendance trends   Average attendance risen    2011/12   Problems with “no-shows”   Evening sessions popular          ...
Departmental skills sessions Fewer sessions but bigger reach                                           Sessions Attendanc...
Skills resources Web pages   Topics   Advice sheets   Planning sheets VLE   Get the Know-How    module   Online tut...
Advice sheets                 Written by other services                 New titles                 Available in print and...
Planning sheets To support time management sessions Generic planners   Daily   Weekly   Task sheets Tailored   Modu...
Online tutorials InfoTrail &  StudyTrail Available on VLE Merged and  redeveloped as  Academic Practice Ten units on  ...
Skills support issues Up-skilling the  teachers Proliferation of skills  support providers Lack of student  awareness ...
Up-skilling the teachers Academic Librarians no previous  experience of teaching study skills Lack of confidence No sui...
10. Support, and recognition, should beavailable for those who provide support tostudents“There are many people who provid...
Collaboration Skills Forum   Student Hub Employability Award   Workshop attendance   Academic Practice tutorial Engl...
Lack of student awareness Not aware of the generic  workshops Confusion about the difference  between Get the Know-How  ...
Academic buy-in Perceptions   Students already have academic skills   Library not seen as the natural providers of acad...
Future plans Review of relationship between workshop VLE  presence, online tutorial and web pages Additional generic wor...
Survey feedback Survey of students who  booked on workshops 150 responses - 70% had  attended 43% preferred early eveni...
Contact details Stephanie McKeating Academic Services Manager s.f.mckeating@lboro.ac.uk 01509 222342
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Academic skills support at Loughborough University. Stephanie McKeating, Academic Services Manager.

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  1. 1. Skills to succeed?Academic skills support atLoughborough University Stephanie McKeating Academic Services Manager
  2. 2. Outline of the session How the Library came to be teaching academic skills What we offer Challenges Future plans
  3. 3. Academic skills and the Library  Historically study skills support offered by Learning & Teaching Centre  Change of focus to supporting academic staff  Library took on study skills in 2005  Advice sheets  1-hour workshops  Roberts funding for FT academic librarian  Increased generic support  Offered embedded support  Online tutorial development
  4. 4. Generic workshops 2005/6 – 2007/8 Originally two separate generic streams  Lunchtime in the Library – traditional information skills  Study Skills – new skills courses (14 in first year) Initially all sessions 50 mins held over lunchtime Booking via Careers booking system Target audience - undergraduates
  5. 5. Study skills topics Time management  Revision & exam skills Reading & note-  PDP (introduced in taking 2007/8) Oral presentations  Working in groups Essay writing (dropped due to lack of Report writing demand)
  6. 6. Get the Know-How: Skills to succeed 2008/9 - two streams merged and branded as  Get the Know-How: skills to succeed Complete revision of courses  Names e.g. Oral presentations became Speaking your mind  Some courses split into two e.g. reading & note-taking  Focus on increasing interactivity 2009/10 & 2010/11 no booking, drop in sessions
  7. 7. Get the Know-How 2011/12 Reintroduced booking via VLE (Moodle) Trialled new times and venues  Nearly 40% courses outside lunchtime period  3 early evening sessions (6 pm)  One third courses outside Library Offered tailored sessions  e.g. Presentation skills for Science & Engineering
  8. 8. E EE E = Evening session
  9. 9. Attendance trends  Average attendance risen 2011/12  Problems with “no-shows”  Evening sessions popular Sessions Attendance Average 2009/10 40 516 12.9 2010/11 44 566 12.86 2011/12 36 549 15.25
  10. 10. Departmental skills sessions Fewer sessions but bigger reach Sessions Attendance 2009/10 16 438 Many embedded in curriculum 2010/11 15 537 Some additional topics 2011/12 20 825 Sessions Sessions Sessions Topic 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 Intro to study skills/ learning 6 5 4 Group work 3 4 3 Note-taking 0 0 1 PDP 1 0 1 Poster design 1 1 2 Presentation skills 0 2 3 Reading 0 0 1 Revision & exam skills 1 0 0 Time management 2 1 2 Writing skills 3 4 6 Total 17 17 23
  11. 11. Skills resources Web pages  Topics  Advice sheets  Planning sheets VLE  Get the Know-How module  Online tutorials
  12. 12. Advice sheets Written by other services New titles  Available in print and as PDFs  Considering adding additional citation styles
  13. 13. Planning sheets To support time management sessions Generic planners  Daily  Weekly  Task sheets Tailored  Module  Semester
  14. 14. Online tutorials InfoTrail & StudyTrail Available on VLE Merged and redeveloped as Academic Practice Ten units on academic skills
  15. 15. Skills support issues Up-skilling the teachers Proliferation of skills support providers Lack of student awareness Academic buy-in
  16. 16. Up-skilling the teachers Academic Librarians no previous experience of teaching study skills Lack of confidence No suitable external courses Strategies:  Observation and team teaching  “Teaching a topic from scratch” session  HEA pathway  Group brainstorming course content
  17. 17. 10. Support, and recognition, should beavailable for those who provide support tostudents“There are many people who provide support tostudents, from central student services, academicsand library staff to students themselves Institutionsshould give these people time and resources todevelop their skills as a mentor, and should givethem the space to discuss the challenges theyface….” NUS Charter on Academic Support (Jan 2012) http://tinyurl.com/7gmkmzb
  18. 18. Collaboration Skills Forum  Student Hub Employability Award  Workshop attendance  Academic Practice tutorial English Language Support Service  Courses on coherent writing, grammar & punctuation
  19. 19. Lack of student awareness Not aware of the generic workshops Confusion about the difference between Get the Know-How and Academic Practice modules on VLE Don’t perceive skills support as something they need Difficulty in branding study skills
  20. 20. Academic buy-in Perceptions  Students already have academic skills  Library not seen as the natural providers of academic skills support  No time in existing module programmes for embedding academic skills sessions Strategies  “Transferable skills in the curriculum” course  Liaison and marketing
  21. 21. Future plans Review of relationship between workshop VLE presence, online tutorial and web pages Additional generic workshop on systematic review Review of workshop programme based on feedback Marketing  Information Science students’ presentations  What’s in a name?
  22. 22. Survey feedback Survey of students who booked on workshops 150 responses - 70% had attended 43% preferred early evening “really helpful, you would pay a fortune for them if they were not run through the university”
  23. 23. Contact details Stephanie McKeating Academic Services Manager s.f.mckeating@lboro.ac.uk 01509 222342

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