Presentation to departments about standardising student handbooks

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Presentation to departments about standardising student handbooks

  1. 1. Departmental Handbooks Consultation Workshop 2012
  2. 2. Welcome Communications Project • Aims to streamline information provided to new undergraduate students to minimise duplication and confusion. • Has already resulted in the creation of the online welcome pages for new students: https://www.york.ac.uk/students/welcome/ • Currently in the phase of reviewing printed materials, including departmental handbooks.
  3. 3. QAA Institutional Review 2012 The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education highlighted these goals for the next academic year (2013/14) : • Co-ordinated, accurate and comprehensive information for students. • University-wide framework for core information in course and departmental handbooks and websites • All students receive accurate information on what they can expect, what is expected of them and what to do if their experience does not meet expected standards.
  4. 4. Workshop Aims • To road-test a new template structure intended to standardise the departmental handbooks provided for undergraduate students. • To encourage cross-departmental discussion on authoring and compiling undergraduate handbooks. • To clarify the map of information distributed to new students.
  5. 5. Project Objectives To develop a new template structure for departmental handbooks which promotes: • Consistency in style, content and format, • Minimal duplication, • Easy to find information for all undergraduate students, • Migration of central information to a new University handbook, • A clear message on what is expected of a student and what they should expect.
  6. 6. Exercise 1 : Evaluating Handbooks Handbooks strengths Would this work in other departmental handbooks? Handbook difficulties How could this be better supported?
  7. 7. Exercise 1 : Points to consider Is your current departmental handbook... • Provided online or in hard copy? • Provided before term starts or after? • A reference tool or an introductory guide? • Covering the entire degree or just specific stages? • Providing any course information separately? e.g. Assessment guidelines
  8. 8. Exercise 2 : Discussion Your thoughts on the template structure and handbook vision: • What works? • What doesn’t? • What should be included?
  9. 9. Project Objectives To develop a new template structure for departmental handbooks which promotes: • Consistency in style, content and format, • Minimal duplication, • Easy to find information for all undergraduate students, • Migration of central information to a new University handbook, • A clear message on what is expected of a student and what they should expect.

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