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Presentation from Open Educational Resources Day at Leeds Beckett University, June 2015, outlining how Skills@Library has used OERs to support its work with academic staff to embed academic skills development in the curriculum- sharing teaching resources and making online tutorials easily embedded.

Presentation from Open Educational Resources Day at Leeds Beckett University, June 2015, outlining how Skills@Library has used OERs to support its work with academic staff to embed academic skills development in the curriculum- sharing teaching resources and making online tutorials easily embedded.

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  1. 1. Skills@Library supports student academic skills development Leeds Uni: 9 Faculties 7,000 staff 30,000 students The Leeds Curriculum embeds core skills and research based learning Academic Skills Strategy Embedding skills in the curriculum Blended learning approach Leeds for Life Employability strategy
  2. 2. Finding and evaluating information Critical thinking Reading and note-taking Academic writing Referencing & academic integrity Presentation Skills Preparing for examinations Maths Skills@Library Academic Skills
  3. 3. Working with staff to embed skills in the curriculum Design & teach skills sessions with academics Enabling students to develop their own skills workshops one to one support online resources Us going to them Them coming to us
  4. 4. Working with staff to embed skills in the curriculum Provide ONLINE options for embedded skills sessions SHARE teaching materials for others to use Enabling students to develop their own skills workshops one to one support online resources Them coming to us Us going to them
  5. 5. Today’s session • highlights the role of OERs in supporting these two aims SHARE teaching materials for others to use Provide ONLINE options for embedded skills sessions
  6. 6. Sharing our teaching materials Skills@Library Lecturer webpages Complete workshops – powerpoints, lesson plans, activities A collection of academic skills teaching materials Individual activities – face to face or online All freely available to use or adapt as needed
  7. 7. Lecturer Webpages: example of use
  8. 8. Explore • Are there any new areas you want to teach in the future or sessions you want to re-design? • Could you use or reuse this sort of materials? http://library.leeds.ac.uk/skills-lecturers
  9. 9. Promoting blended learning Provide and use ONLINE options for embedded skills sessions
  10. 10. Leeds Institutional OER Policy “the University encourages staff and students to use, create and publish OERs to enhance the quality of the student experience, provided that resources used are fit-for-purpose and relevant” http://ses.leeds.ac.uk/download/96/open_educational_resources
  11. 11. Policy outline 1. Staff are encouraged to use OER in student education. 2. Staff are encouraged to produce and release OER into the community. 3. Recommends use of Creative Commons licences. 4. Staff should ensure all materials are copyright compliant. 5. Recommends use of JORUM. 6. Students can be consumers and producers of OER.
  12. 12. Leeds JORUM
  13. 13. Leeds JORUM http://leeds.jorum.ac.uk/
  14. 14. How can Online OERs help with Embedded Skills Development? Staff signpost students by embedding tutorials in VLE module areas Students can use tutorials prior to or as a follow-up to face-to-face teaching Library staff can focus face-to- face teaching time on trickier skills / concepts
  15. 15. Promoting OERs to academic staff: VLE front page flyer
  16. 16. https://www.leeds.ac.uk/vle/staff/build/skills/
  17. 17. Academic Staff Feedback “Excellent, lots of good ideas/materials to support development of research skills…Can see ways this material can be integrated into existing modules through level 1 – 2.” “I am amazed at the resources that are available to be used for teaching and supporting students...I will definitely use materials for referencing and writing skills, especially the face-to-face ones.” “There is a really good range of resources available that could be useful for lecturers looking for ideas in how to get started in teaching a topic. Potentially saving time in developing their own resources.”
  18. 18. Student Feedback Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students were asked to try a tutorial (outside of a teaching session): • 98% said tutorials were easy to navigate • 88% said the level was about right • 79% said that it improved their understanding greatly or quite a lot • 92% would recommend the tutorial to a friend “Easy to use and vital to completing assignments” “I found it helpful in gaining a further understanding in the subject area” “It is easy to understand and apply to your own work” “i have it bookmarked on my laptop so i can keep referring back to it.” “Useful if you don't know much about it, too basic if you do though.”
  19. 19. Discuss • Are there e-learning resources in JORUM you could reuse? Have you tried to already? • What are the barriers and benefits to doing this? http://library.leeds.ac.uk/skills-online-tutorials
  20. 20. Future Plans • Move Lecturer webpage content to JORUM • Desktop capture for short videos and demos (may replace full tutorials?)
  21. 21. So that we reach more students By making e-resources easily reused By sharing teaching resources widely To embed academic skills in the curriculum OERs support Skills@Library’s work with academic staff
  22. 22. Questions or Comments? Skills@Library http://library.leeds.ac.uk/skills h.e.howard@leeds.ac.uk @helhoward

Editor's Notes

  • Embedded in the curriculum- developmental not remedial model.

    No extra teaching hours: blended learning, hand over to academics

    Collaborate with academics
  • In areas such as referencing, critical reading, planning their essay.
    Lots of student resources already available online for self-directed learning; now resources for staff as well to download, adapt and embed within your teaching

  • In areas such as referencing, critical reading, planning their essay.
    Lots of student resources already available online for self-directed learning; now resources for staff as well to download, adapt and embed within your teaching
  • Making it possible for academic staff in particular to reuse our content- either online in VLE module areas before teaching; or by adapting our teaching materials themselves.
  • Different options for working with us: take materials off the shelf and adapt to your need. OR Work with one of our staff to devise support for your students.
  • Use of interactive activities
  • Use of text
  • Use of video

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