Staff guides

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Referencing: staff development session
These resources are designed to generate discussion among teaching and learning development staff in staff development sessions. The resources cover issues relating to why reference, referencing styles, when to reference, and on issues relating to plagiarism.
Activity time: 60-90 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word document, PDF file
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Resource Pack Supporting Student Community Projects
This pack contains resources to support student projects in the local community. It includes guidance for students about project queries list of resources available to students to support their project work, fundraising ideas, oral history references and a contract template.
Activity time: 1 hour
Types of media: Helpsheet, Word document
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Learning Contract
This resource includes guidance notes for developing a learning contract for self-directed study, together with a template for a Learning Contract. The resource is tailored for adult students and is designed to be worked through on a one-to-one basis with a tutor.
Activity time: 45 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Word document
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Work-based Learning Contracts
This resource provides customisable templates for learning contracts together with a commentary on their use in a community work and youth work context.
Activity time: 45 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word document
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Induction booklet - template and examples
This resource offers a customisable template for a booklet to support students through the induction process. An exemplar booklet is also available from a student intake at the University of Manchester. A set of notes are provided detailing the background, aims and objectives, design and student evaluation of the booklet.
Activity time: 5 hours
Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word document, PDF file
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Visual Learning website
A website hosting a number a number of staff and student resources to support the development of visual learning
Activity time: Variable
Types of media: Webpage
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Free writing
A resource which would be particularly useful for staff teaching on a creative writing programme. Includes two structured writing exercises and information on free writing.
Activity time: Unknown time
Types of media: Webpage, Helpsheet, Powerpoint file
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Teaching notemaking: tutor handbook
A guide for staff on how to teach notemaking to students. Includes an overview of structured brainstorming, linear and pattern notes; active vs passive learning; how to make notes; and some suggested activities.
Activity time: 30 minutes
Types of media: Helpsheet, Word document
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Top 10 tips on Self, Peer and Group Assessment
Self and peer assessment helps students to understand assessment criteria by their application of the criteria to their own and other students’ work. Includes tips for designing effective assessments.
Activity time: 20 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet
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Top 10 tips on Self-assessment Sheets
This resource discusses the dialogue between staff and students about written feedback. Includes tips to help develop effective feedback forms, with a particular focus on designing the sheets and how to initiate student responses.
Activity time: 20 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet
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Top 10 tips on Inclusive Assessment
This resource includes tips on how to ensure the needs of students with disabilities are considered when designing learning assessments. Particular points of consideration regarding common types of disability are highlighted.
Activity time: 30 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet
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Top 10 tips on Diversifying Assessment
This resource provides tips with ideas for alternative types of assessment (such as case-studies, groupwork and practicals) and how this may help to engage students and develop their skillset.
Activity time: 20 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet
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