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Schneider - The Final Chapter: developing the academic skills of final year project students


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Schneider - The Final Chapter: developing the academic skills of final year project students

  1. 1. The Final Chapter: Developingstudents’ skills to successfullyundertake their finalyear projectLILAC Conference, Monday25 March 2013, University ofManchester.
  2. 2. What’s in it for you? Use Create Inspire• Use all/parts • Create resources • Working within your own yourself for collaboratively institution dissertation with staff/• Blended students students on learning or future resources completely • Using video online content
  3. 3. This workshop will cover What it is Why we did it How we did it Feedback we Future How we got fromdevelopments marketed it studentsMost importantly: A chance for you to explore and discuss theresource!
  4. 4. What is The Final Chapter?
  5. 5. Why we did it “ skills and provide students with opportunities to put All programmes will actively develop students’ independent research these skills into practice. At the culmination of the programme, students should be able to undertake, with supervision, an autonomous piece of research work ”University of Leeds. 2012. Curriculum enhancement project. Available from:
  6. 6. Don’t students already have these skills? 520 Student students concerns: voluntarily attended Writing dissertation Criticality workshops Project planning (Writing a literature review, Planning your dissertation, Writing your Confidence dissertation) (concerns expressed in workshops and 2011-2012 & 2013 so far (average 44 drop-ins) students per session)
  7. 7. How we did itA small project team was set up to support themain project lead, Sally Dalton Existing material from workshops were brought together and adapted Staff and students from across the University were videoed Articulate Storyline was used to create the package
  8. 8. How we marketed it
  9. 9. Your chance to exploreGo to: (or Google The Final Chapter Leeds)• Think about the following: • Is it too generic? • Do the videos enhance it? • Would you use it (in whole or in part?) or create something similar? • What do you see as the biggest gap? • Any other thoughts….
  10. 10. What our students thought…8932 hits (17th September 2012- 3 February 2013).I feel much more confident about the nextstages that I need to achieve for my project. I found this a really useful resource,Also I have already used many of the Academic even though not everything wasWriting resources in other essays which I feel relevant to my project. Its nice tohas definitely helped develop a clear argument hear other students views as itsand stay precise, which is something I struggled reassuring that Im not the only onewith in the past who has done it, or indeed who has faced problems. Encouraged me to plan more/ Videos from students are especially start NOW- from the advice of good as it gives real tips from students the students on the videos. who have already been through the process. I also found what they had to say quite reassuring.
  11. 11. Future developments Add examples of Consider adding complete sections on dissertations from methodology and broad subject areas discussions Add more examples throughout the resource