= very = fairly
= I struggle
Where would you look to begin researching an assignment?
= books= journals = Google = unsure
How confident do you feel about finding information resources?
A longitudinal study: we asked...
Learners to think as researchers and
- Exploratory, analytical and evaluative skills
Support writing skills
- Tailored to the genre and discourse
- Not just an introduction, middle and
- Develop confidences and
- Write little and often
- Organising knowledge
Range of interactions
- 1-2 many relationship
through taught sessions
- 1-2-1 relationship via
- Knowledge sharing
- Ongoing peer review
- Consolidate learning
- Feedback mechanism
- Develop platform for
information; for example wiki,
- Portfolio of information
The million dollar question
Did we make an impact?
- Where would you look to begin
researching an assignment?
- How confident do you feel about
finding information resources?
journals 0% ?
books 19.56% ?
Google 76.08% ?
uncertain 4.36% ?
no response n/a ?
very 5.88% ?
fairly confident 54.90% ?
struggle 33.33% ?
help 5.88% ?
no response n/a ?
very 5.88% 11.32%
fairly confident 54.90% 65.09%
struggle 33.33% 18.86%
help 5.88% 1.88%
no response n/a 2.91%
journals 0% 25.46%
books 19.56% 56.60%
Google 76.08% 42.45%
uncertain 4.36% 0%
no response n/a 1.88%
Listening to the evidence
"The information given was good & very helpful. Yes it can be
boring but that can't be helped. The information was needed."
"Although the internet gives a wide range of information
its not always the best. Wikipedia is not always true."
"The skill lies in being able to refine the search
results to get to the particular topics you want."
"Logical and methodical searching is the best
way to find information."
"Skills we'll use throughout our university life."
“I am quiet confident but will need some feedback
from my draft to ensure I’m on the right lines.”
Get learners to set up their own wiki
Provide communication guidance
Encourage lecturers to contribute
Build partnerships to draw in appropriate
Develop paper & online data collection methods
Identify how to analyse your
data…before you collect it
Utilise free online tools
Design measurable outcomes
Facilitate an incremental undergrad
and post graduate curriculum
Develop online content
Continue longitudinal study
Ongoing evaluation with module leader
and academic support tutor
Next academic year: do something new!
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