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Excelling at critical analysis: a 3-stage method with an image
The aim of this activity is to clarify the difference between descriptive and analytical writing and emphasise the importance of research-based argument. Participants engage in an interactive 3-stage exercise that interrogates a (visual) text in order to generate a piece of academic writing.
Activity time: 1 hour
Types of media: Handout/s, Slides, Powerpoint file, PDF file
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Videos to develop dissertation writing
Discuss the requirements of each dissertation chapter Apply the advice to your own dissertation
Activity time: Videos from 13-22 minutes each, but further time needed to complete activities
Types of media: Powerpoint file, PDF file, Video
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Active note-making skills
- Understand the value of keeping a record of information and insights - Understand how to differentiate between important and unimportant information - Understand how to apply recorded important information to help complete a task - Understand the importance of note-making at university
Activity time: 45-60 minutes
Types of media: Worksheet, Handout/s, Word document, Interactive learning object, Quiz
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The CDE Presentation Model
The session is designed to simplify presentation making by dividing it into three elements that need to be considered when preparing: content (what to deliver), delivery (how to deliver it) and engagement (how to engage the audience). By the end of the session, students gain confidence in their ability to present effectively and have a better idea regarding how to share their knowledge in a way that will resonate with their audience.
Activity time: 1-2 hours
Types of media: Handout/s, Slides, Powerpoint file
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Using an academic glossary
Academic glossary booklet, and slides and activity sheet
Activity time: 30 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Slides, Powerpoint file, Word document
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The Three Domains of Critical Reading
The Three Domains of Critical Reading
Activity time: Depends - could be 10 mins to 1 hour
Types of media: Powerpoint file, Word document
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Employability Skills Assessment
To acknowledge the skill employers are looking for in new employees in the workplace. Learners will identify their personal employability skill level and critically reflect upon how they can provide evidence that they have gained employability skills from their life and learning experiences.
Activity time: 30 minutes
Types of media: Worksheet
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Critical Thinking Card Game
• Identify what critical thinking is • Apply critical thinking • Recall questions to ask of source material to aid critical thinking, reading and writing • Interpret and analyse subject information
Activity time: 10 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Interactive learning object
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Critical Evaluation of Evidence
- Question, discuss, and critique Assertive Discipline theory - Identify the strenghts and weaknesses of the theory, and the contexts in which the strengths and weaknesses occur - Come to a reasoned conclusion about Assertive Discipline based on their evaluation
Activity time: 30-45 minutes
Types of media: Lesson Plan, Helpsheet, Slides, Powerpoint file, PDF file
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Critical Thinking in Everyday Life
- Understand what critical thinking is - Understand how this is applied in a daily context - Understand how this skill can be transferred between different contexts
Activity time: 20-30 minutes
Types of media: Lesson Plan, Slides, Powerpoint file, PDF file
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Source Top Trumps
• Identify good academic sources • Describe pros and cons of different reading materials • Create improved reference lists / in-text citations
Activity time: 15 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Interactive learning object
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What are Digital Capabilities?
To reflect upon the digital capabilities which are important to you
Activity time: 3 mins
Types of media: Video
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