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IBL and Skills Development

  1. 1. Natalie Whelan Claire Taylor Ali Bestwick
  2. 2. Back in 2005, The University of Sheffield was awarded some funding in recognition of excellence in teaching and the funding was used to create CILASS . CILASS is one of 74 Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) that exist throughout the country at other Universities. The basic mission of CILASS is to promote Inquiry-based Learning (IBL), both within the University and across the UK with other CETLs. CILASS provides funding and support to departments working on IBL projects and some of their funding was used to create us… The Student Ambassador Network (SAN)
  3. 3. 28 Student Ambassadors each representing a department. <ul><li>Departmental Role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation, module design </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working group Role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Dissemination, Journal, Film, Technology and Evaluation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Network role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Staff Student Conference, IBL cafes and external events. </li></ul></ul>Student Ambassadors
  4. 4. 28 Student Ambassadors each representing a department. “ CILASS work as a team and the collaboration between students and staff is really what makes us work well.” Student Ambassadors
  5. 5. So CILASS and the Student Ambassadors promote and support the use of IBL… <ul><li>Inquiry… based… Learning… </li></ul>What is it?
  6. 6. Asking Questions Research Independent Thinking New Ideas Group work Finding your own answers Self directed
  7. 7. IBL doesn’t have just one definition but essentially it is self directed learning. What is wrong with being given all the information? Why is IBL better than being told the right answer? Why is IBL so great? The act of Inquiry gives you a unique set of important and very useful skills that will be fully developed by the time you finish University. You will have these skills, but not everyone will, which gives you a significant advantage
  9. 9. For your next essay or project, get to the Library! Not only will you gain these important skills, you will probably do amazing on your next assignment. Remember the lecturer doesn’t always know all the answers, try and find something new. It can be done. IBL in BUSINESS… With Claire
  10. 10. IBL in Management
  11. 11. MGT214 –Project Management <ul><li>There are 4 aims to this module </li></ul><ul><li>1. Apply theory critically to analyse PM </li></ul><ul><li>2. Employ appropriate PM methodologies, tools and techniques </li></ul><ul><li>3. Identify and appraise issues in large projects </li></ul><ul><li>4. Demonstrate transferable employability skills </li></ul>
  12. 12. 3 parts to the course <ul><li>Individual coursework – 20% </li></ul><ul><li>Formal exam – 30% </li></ul><ul><li>Group coursework – 50% </li></ul>
  13. 13. Individual Coursework <ul><li>Fissure SimProject </li></ul><ul><li>Run a small 11 week virtual project keeping within specifications, time and budget. </li></ul><ul><li>A practical test of your abilities as a project manager. </li></ul><ul><li>Write a 1000 word report on this experience </li></ul>
  14. 14. Formal Exam <ul><li>2 hour exam. </li></ul><ul><li>Answer 4 questions of 8 from video case studies watched in lectures </li></ul><ul><li>Apply theoretical understanding of project management key issues to these case studies. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Group Coursework <ul><li>Groups of 3 develop a project proposal with the assistance of 5, hour long tutorials held in the semester. </li></ul><ul><li>The groups must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Propose an idea on literally anything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw schedules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create budgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NO WORD COUNT! </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. How does IBL fit into project management? <ul><li>Explore new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Take control of your learning </li></ul><ul><li>Library based research </li></ul><ul><li>Use new technologies to find out new things and ways of working </li></ul><ul><li>DEVELOP KEY EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS! </li></ul>
  17. 17. IBL Every Day Library research skills and Information Literacy
  18. 18. Essays and assignments <ul><li>What’s the first thing you do when you get an essay? </li></ul><ul><li>LIBRARY RESEARCH! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Information literacy skills <ul><li>Recognise the need for information </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish ways to address the gap </li></ul><ul><li>Construct strategies for locating information </li></ul><ul><li>Locate and access information </li></ul><ul><li>Compare and evaluate material </li></ul><ul><li>Organise, apply and communicate in appropriate way </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesise and build on existing information, creation of new knowledge </li></ul>
  20. 20. Talk in context: Applying Theoretical Understanding Assess the usefulness and implications of theoretical frameworks for understanding organisations more specifically.
  21. 21. <ul><li>Recognise the need for information </li></ul><ul><li>Identify problem </li></ul><ul><li>What do I already know? </li></ul><ul><li>What do I need to know? </li></ul><ul><li>Identify different theoretical frameworks </li></ul><ul><li>Identify specific organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish ways to address gap </li></ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Talk and discuss with peers </li></ul><ul><li>Mind Map </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Constructs strategies for locating information </li></ul><ul><li>What would you do first? </li></ul><ul><li>Last? </li></ul><ul><li>E.g. look through class notes, then core texts, then bibliographies, then WOK, GoogleScholar </li></ul><ul><li>Locate and access information </li></ul><ul><li>Now that you know what you’re doing – go and do it! </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Compare and evaluate material </li></ul><ul><li>Which sources are reliable/unreliable? Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information relevant? </li></ul><ul><li>Which side of the argument are they supporting? </li></ul><ul><li>Organise, apply and communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Write the essay/presentation/dissertation/ </li></ul><ul><li>Structure information </li></ul><ul><li>Use appropriate format, language etc </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>7. Synthesise and build on existing information </li></ul><ul><li>Create new knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesise and build on your existing information </li></ul><ul><li>Original work </li></ul>
  25. 25. How this helps <ul><li>If you can recognise that you are developing these skills – CV! </li></ul><ul><li>Report writing </li></ul><ul><li>Data analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting new information </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Problem – solving </li></ul><ul><li>Information searching </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Important to remember the IBL you already do. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognise its value </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage its implementation in your education in even more exciting ways! </li></ul>
  27. 27. The Rewards of IBL <ul><li>IBL gives you all of these skills that we have mentioned, which are important in the real world as well as the academic world. </li></ul><ul><li>It is rewarding to find the information out for yourself too. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Workshop IBL to employability <ul><li>IBL gives you a great set of skills which are vital and important for your future job. </li></ul><ul><li>But what are these skills? </li></ul>
  29. 29. Task: What skills does IBL give you? <ul><li>Get into groups of 3-5 </li></ul><ul><li>Mind map these skills onto the flip chart provided </li></ul><ul><li>You have 10 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>GO!!! </li></ul>
  30. 30. So you now have your skills… <ul><li>How do you use these skills in a job environment as a business management student? </li></ul><ul><li>In a year’s time you will have made several job applications for graduate schemes. </li></ul><ul><li>Are you ready? </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>The co-op graduate scheme is one that is based in Manchester. </li></ul><ul><li>Its requirements are a 2:2 degree classification or more. </li></ul><ul><li>“ We need our graduates to have an unusual mix of skills and behaviours . It’s not just about academic achievements, but also about the experiences , opinions and beliefs that make you who you are. Importantly, you’ll be as passionate about a career in business , as you are about our values and principles.” </li></ul>The co-op graduate scheme
  32. 33. Apply for that job
  33. 34. Congratulations <ul><li>In front of you, you now have a example application to take home with you which will come in very useful next year when you are applying for graduate jobs. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the importance of IBL! </li></ul>
  34. 35. IBL and you <ul><li>You have seen the fantastic ways in which IBL can help you learn and develop your skills. </li></ul><ul><li>You have seen the ways in which we at the University of Sheffield try to promote and encourage the used of IBL, to reap the rewards for both students and staff. </li></ul><ul><li>The Staff and Student Ambassadors at CILASS work together as equal partners in a team, which is why we are successful in the Inquiry-based Learning projects we support. </li></ul>
  35. 36. <ul><li>Student Ambassadors are a resource: </li></ul><ul><li>In our departments, we advise and evaluate. </li></ul><ul><li>In our working groups, we review, report and support. </li></ul><ul><li>As a network, we strive to motivate and engage. </li></ul><ul><li>As part of CILASS, we work together on teaching and learning projects to ensure the student learning experience is the best it can be. </li></ul>This morning we hope we have helped you establish how IBL helps students and how we help students at the University of Sheffield.
  36. 37. Ideas for IBL at MMU? How can you as students see yourselves getting involved? How can IBL help your students?
  37. 38. Student involvement with IBL at MMU <ul><li>? </li></ul>