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Reading Camp Resources
This activity was designed for an academic and study skills workshop, 'Making the Most of Feedback'. This is a game based on the infamous card game 'Cards Against Humanity' (but without the extremely offensive content!). 20-30 mins activity. Split students into groups of 3-4 (ideally 4). There are 12 blue cards which should be cut up, shuffled, and placed face down in the centre of the table. Each blue card presents a situation related to receiving feedback on assessed work. There are 36 orange cards, which should be cut up, shuffled and dealt out to all students. Each orange card gives a response a student could have to each of the situations on the blue cards. Some are 'good' responses, some are 'bad' responses, and some are blank so they student can write their own response. Each student takes a turn at selecting a blue card from the centre of the table. They read out the situation from the card and ask the other students in their group for an appropriate response to the situation. For example, a blue card might read 'Your feedback is: You have not addressed the question/title. What is the best response?'. The other students around the table then select an orange card from their hand which they think best suits the feedback situation. For example, an orange card might read 'Re-write the assignment brief in simple / another language to check understanding', or 'PANIC!'. Once each student has selected an orange card, they play that card, face up, on the table. The student who selected the blue card then chooses which orange response card was the best, giving a reason why they think this is the best solution, and explaining how they might go about implementing the solution. The student who played the winning orange card take the blue situation card. Play continues with each student taking a turn at selecting the blue card and judging the best answer from the other students' responses. Play is finished when all blue cards have been drawn and won. The winning student is the one with the most blue cards in their possession at the end of the game. Online version(s): 1. Translate into a Kahoot quiz with the situation as the question, and 4 different response options the students can choose from. There can be multiple correct answers (e.g. for the situation 'Your feedback is: You have not addressed the question/title. What is the best response?', answers could include 'Re-write the assignment brief in simple / another language to check understanding', 'Highlight and define the instruction verb(s) in the assignment brief' and 'Analyse the assignment learning outcomes'. The proportion of votes will demonstrate which solution most students deem favourable, and discussion can follow as to why they selected this answer. 2. Use a programme like Padlet to create an online space for student collaboration. Write each situation in a comment/sticky note on the padlet, and ask students to use the comment thread to write in what their response would be in each situation. Ask students to use the 'like' or 'upvote' function to select another student response they think is good, and add a comment explaining why this is a good solution. This version encourages students to think up their own responses and reflect on previous behaviour in response to assignment feedback.* Please note that some of the orange response cards reflect the specific study skills workshops and provision at MMU, and you will need to change these to align with the provision at your institution.*
Activity time: 2hrs +
Types of media: Worksheet, Lesson Plan, Powerpoint file
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Academic Presentations
A teacher-led overview of what the main features of presentations are and what things students might also overlook. This could be used with international students or any home student who is new to giving presentations. The session could lead onto students giving mini presentations on a subject/issue of interest.
Activity time: 45 mins
Types of media: Powerpoint file
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Microsoft Excel - Creating a Chart
To be able to create a chart in Microsoft Excel 2010
Activity time: 10 minutes
Types of media: Worksheet, Handout/s, Helpsheet, PDF file
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Evaluating a source
To be able to critically evaluate sources.
Activity time: 10 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, PDF file
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CVs, Covering Letters and Personal Statements Proofreading Checklist for SPAG
To increase awareness of common spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) errors that are made in CVs, covering letters and personal statements.
Activity time: 10 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, PDF file
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Advanced referencing exercises
Set of 3 short exercises, complete with answers and tutor comments. Provides a set of scenarios and challenges students to give the correct referencing protocol in each situation.
Activity time: 20 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word document, Quiz
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Referencing exercises
Short quiz, with four exercises to test your knowledge of referencing. The exercises cover 1) Is a Reference Needed? 2) Where Should the Citations Go? 3) “I Didn’t Reference the Source Because…” 4) Referencing Errors. Answers and comments are to be found at the end of the worksheet.
Activity time: 40 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word document, Quiz
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Learning Agreement
This resource features introductory notes and sample template for a learning agreement and supports students to identify activities within their work which could demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes. The resource is designed to be used with part-time adult educators, graduate teaching assistants and those who support learning in HE to form a framework for the development of a portfolio for assessment.
Activity time: 45 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word document
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Developing an Action Plan for Independent Learning
Worksheet to support students to outline an structured action plan for their studies. This resource provides a template to encourage students to be effective independent learners, able to identify: what they want to learn; the best ways for them to learn what they want to learn; and how to demonstrate learning.
Activity time: 30 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word document
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Listening Skills Audit
This short activity helps students assess their own listening skills. The audit can be completed either online or on paper
Activity time: 10 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Interactive learning object, Quiz
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Writing for Assignments E-library (Wrasse)
Students can browse examples of students work from a number of subject areas, and see comments from lecturers
Activity time: Variable
Types of media: Webpage
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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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