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Bridging the gap – an outreach project - Ellie Roberts, Heather Barker & Simon Lambe


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Bridging the gap – an outreach project - Ellie Roberts, Heather Barker & Simon Lambe

  1. 1. Bridging the Gap Monday, 13 April 2015 1 an outreach project Ellie Roberts Heather Barker Simon Lambe Vivien Sieber
  2. 2. Overview 2 Bridging the Gap I: 2011/12 Attitudes to HE Bridging the Gap II: 2013 Create classroom resources Information literacy WP workshops Follow-on activities: 2014/15 Recruiting Learning Advisor (Outreach)
  3. 3. Bridging the Gap I (BtG I) What are the study and academic skills pupils need to develop for university-level study? 3 A pathfinder project
  4. 4. BtG I Objectives 1. Student aspiration and understanding 2. Insight into progression in an academic environment 3. Information literacy and study skills: expectations and experience of academic staff 4. Collaborative approaches to online support for students in WP categories 5. Skills development for transition: explore and develop OER resources for VLE platforms 4
  5. 5. Participants BtG I 5 School/College Year groups The Warwick School Years 7-11 Godalming College 6th Form
  6. 6. BtG I Methodologies 1. Online surveys: • ‘Attitudes to HE’ • ‘Technology experience’ 2. Development of resources and methods for collaboration via school VLE: • Live chat; Wiki; Forum • Links to online resources 3. Academic staff & undergraduate student perspectives on transition issues: • Focus groups 6
  7. 7. Surveys & Student views 7 0 5 10 15 20 25 Expand knowledge/learning/thinking/study Prepare career/get job Qualification (Degree, master's, PhD) FE Get HE Study specific subjects/specialise/depth knowledge Cost/bankrupt Prepare for career (subject specific study) Prepare for real world/life skills Social Contacts Aspirational e.g. "make world a better place" Grow up/learn important stuff of life Confidence Number of Responses What do you think university is for? Godalming College The Warwick School
  8. 8. BtG I Findings Pupils had limited understanding of: • information literacy, search skills • independent study • need for support with basic life and study skills Pupils wanted e-learning to be: • interactive/engaging • short blocks of activity • limited text with pictures and videos Teachers: • limited experience using technology in teaching • needed support and ideas for use of OERs 8
  9. 9. Bridging the Gap II (BtG II) Create online resources, with a focus on Open Educational Resources (OERs), to help school and college students develop independent learning skills for study at university. 9 A continuation project
  10. 10. Participants BtG II 10 School/College Year groups Ashcombe School 6th Form Esher CofE High School Mixed The Warwick School Years 9 and 10
  11. 11. Methodologies 1. Develop, pilot, evaluate and modify online resources; principally OERs 2. Learning Sequences 3. Teacher Toolkits 4. Develop Information Literacy materials and workshop for Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) 11
  12. 12. Learning Sequences & Toolkits Image! 12
  13. 13. Independent Learning Toolkit 13 Mini Lecture Multiple Choice questions Time Maths! Time Audit To do lists Learning Sequence Testing understanding Reviewing time spent on tasks Skills development: Keeping track of time Planning and evaluation Time Management Adapted from Time Management by Nadia Rattoo; UCLAN; E-VOLVE is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. Based on a work at
  14. 14. Information Literacy Toolkit 14'%20toolkit.pdf
  15. 15. Findings from younger students “I find it very useful because I didn’t know you could do some of those things. It’s really helpful” “It shows you step by step how to do the work” “…learning how to search and use reliable sources” 15 Survey responses from 13 – 16 year olds:
  16. 16. Information Literacy Extended “Extended Project Qualification” (EPQ) • Recently introduced into the ‘A’ Level curriculum • Identify research topic • Research skills: finding and evaluating • Dissertation; composition; report; artefact Information literacy intervention opportunity identified with partner schools 16
  17. 17. Information Literacy for EPQ 17 EPQ for research = Evaluate, Process, Quality Quality Process Evaluate
  18. 18. EPQ Workshop 18 Case study: Ashcombe School (6th form students) Keywords Evaluating sources Reproduced, with permission from: Hill, V. & Edwards, E. (2013). Games used in teaching information literacy skills. Middlesex University Reproduced, with permission from: Hill, V. & Edwards, E. (2013). Games used in teaching information literacy skills. Middlesex University
  19. 19. Recommendations • Relevance • EPQ: first independent research project • Guidance on classroom use • Teacher support with e-learning – Continued specialist support for remote teaching – Offer teacher training sessions • Resources potentially useful to undergraduates • Resources need to be maintained 19
  20. 20. Impacts of BtG 20 Bridging the Gap Recruitment Transitions Lifelong Learning
  21. 21. What next? • Liaise with librarians in schools • Speak with students in their first year at University • Work with widening participation & outreach to evolve resources 21 Wider participation
  22. 22. Bridging the Gap Monday, 13 April 2015 22 an outreach project Vivien Sieber Heather Barker Simon Lambe Ellie Roberts
  23. 23. Project participants, BtG I & II Vivien Sieber, Head of Learning Research Support & Development Steven Rolt, Assistant Head, The Warwick School Simon Lambe, Learning Advisor Sharon Markless, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Roberto Di Napoli, Associate Dean Learning & Teaching Renata Eyres, Widening Participation and Outreach Morag Walling, Careers Advisor, Warwick School Keira Sawyer, English teacher, Warwick School Jane Savidge, Director, Library & Learning Support Joe McCarthy-Holand, Teacher, Godalming College Julia Anthoney, Project Officer Heather Barker, Senior Project Librarian (Widening Access) Gill Downham, Academic Liaison Librarian Evi Tramantza, Academic Liaison Librarian Ellie Roberts, Academic Liaison Librarian Caroline Cooper, Project Administrator, BtGII Alistair Morey, Learning Development Co-ordinator 23
  24. 24. References: Library & Learning Support Services, University of Surrey (2012) Bridging the Gap: From School to University, collaborative approaches to study skills development to address the needs of students in widening participation categories. Internal University of Surrey report. Unpublished. Library & Learning Support Services, University of Surrey (2013) Bridging the Gap II. Internal University of Surrey report. Unpublished. 24