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Enhancing Study Skills: Development of an Institute Wide Website

Kyte, Rachel, Muse, Kate, Wager, Dave and Barratt, Alison (2017) Enhancing Study Skills: Development of an Institute Wide Website. In: Beyond Boundaries University of Worcester Annual Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Conference, 15th-16th June 2017, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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Purpose To develop a centralised study skills resource, to be used to support students across disciplines through independent study as well as within personal academic tutoring sessions. Rationale A key aspect of effective learning is the development of core study skills (Gosling 2009). Given the current focus on promoting excellence in teaching in higher education (DBIS, 2015), it is essential that students are provided with high quality support to enable them to develop these skills. Support was previously embedded within individual programs, however there was no centralised facility for sharing resources and expertise across disciplines in IHS. Methodology Funding was gained from the IHS L&T fund to employ a recent graduate who consulted students and completed market research, to gain an understanding of student needs and the resources already available. Resources were developed and collated leading to the development of a new study skills website, which draws together existing resources and produced a series of talking head style videos involving staff and students across disciplines. Results The website has been positively evaluated by both staff and students via an online survey. Working across disciplines has enabled resources and expertise to be shared, providing valuable opportunities for networking, creativity and collaboration. Implications Students and staff in the IHS value having a centralized study skills website, however there is a need for a University wide resource, which addresses the needs of the wider student population and draws together the expertise of the staff as a whole.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: study skills, online, website, study skills resources, study skills website, student learning experience, Higher Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Rachel Kyte
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 12:49
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 11:59

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