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CoLRic Quality Impact Nov 2016This week our two articles for the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) Quality Impact magazine are out in the November issue. You need to be a CoLRiC member to access the journal. We’ve scanned them for you to take a look.

They look back at our CoLRiC Best Practice Awards 2015 entries which gained second prize in the Information Literacy category and third prize in the Customer Service one.

We’ve updated the news on both so the referencing one discusses our championing of RefMe with our Access to Humanities and Social Sciences, Pre Access and Diploma in Massage Therapy learners. The app is freely available and makes compiling a reference list or bibliography a breeze. Our VLE redesign for dyslexia article looks at the integration we’ve made with Single Sign On over the eresources, library catalogue and Office 365 and the Management Information System (MIS).

 

 

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Two students using Kindles with their course tutorThis week we were delighted to receive our certificates for our entries that came 2nd and 3rd in the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) Best Practice Awards. An extra surprise was the fact that our entry into the Reader Development category had come out Highly Commended. This entry Kickstart the Six Book Challenge with Ebooks looked at how we’ve been getting students and teaching staff using Kindle ebooks which included Quick Reads and graded readers with Future Proof and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners.

Future Proof students have been reading the 2015 Quick Read Street Cat Bob. Whereas ESOL students have been reading:

Tales of the Supernatural
The Fruitcake Special and Other Stories
Sherlock Holmes Short Stories
One Way Ticket Short Stories

We’ve just been look at Whispercast which Amazon have running currently in the United States allowing schools, colleges, universities and workplaces to get Kindle books includes etextbooks and lend them out to pupils, students and staff on any device. Having had a look on the UK site it’s not here yet but no doubt it’ll be a future development

Back in March our team submitted three entries for the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) Best Practice Awards 2015. This year there were three categories:

  1. customer service
  2. information literacy
  3. reader development.

We put in entries into each category and this week we heard that we’d got second place in the Information Literacy category for Copyright and Plagiarism Using Wordwall which is part of our information skills induction for learners on longer courses. We we use Wordwall with students on handheld devices answering questions on copyright and referencing using the Harvard reference system. We use the Wordwall kit to boost students digital literacy and as a fun activity which lets them get personal feedback on how they’ve done. Here’s one of our activities on referencing a book:

 

Referencing a Book on Wordwall

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also got third prize in the Customer Service category for our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Redesign and Dyslexia. For this project we worked with students, tutors and colleagues inside and outside our college to create a dyslexic-friendly look to our VLE, with a user-friendly course content template and accessibility plugins with read out loud and overlay features.

Here’s a view of the overlay accessibility feature in action:

Virtual Learning Environment with Green Overlay

 

 

 

 

 

Read CoLRiC’s press release to find out about other winners.  Many thanks to our students, staff and colleagues on working with us and inputting to our award wins.

 

Northern College Library and Learning Support Centre reading roomOn 19 May 2014 our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Manager visited the LRC team at Northern College for Residential and Community Adult Education at Stainborough, Barnsley.

The Northern Residential team is a double Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) Beacon award winner for curriculum integration through their work with students as personal tutors and for integrating the use of tablets into the curriculum for  in the classroom from 2007 and 2013.

The visit was useful for gaining insight and comparing LRC services to learners; induction, support, eresources and stock. As well as the history of the Northern and Hillcroft.

Part of Northern’s Wentworth Castle grounds have been recently restored and are managed by their Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust.

Norhtern College facadeNorthern College Wentworth Castle gardens glass houseWentworth Castle gardens

Foyer of New College Durham LRCOn 16 May the LRC Manager went to the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC)  annual roadshow at New College Durham. CoLRiC Roadshows are great for sharing good practice and learning about what is new and happening in college libraries as well as networking.

The Durham roadshow kicked off with a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) session on using Socrative from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College (Ihar Ivanou) included talks on college mergers at Coleg Cambria (Patrick Cox), learning hubs at Dundee and Angus College (David Scott), Higher Education in Further Education at Wiltshire College (Janet Waters) and an update on the Six Book Challenge by the Reading Agency (Genevieve Clarke).

The roadshow also included a presentation on the one of the  CoLRiC Best Practice Award winners Oldham Sixth Form College (Corinne Walker) who had changed their library induction into a television-styled quiz and the CoLRiC Beacon Award Winner for 2013 Northern College (Sean McKernan) on the Effective Integration of Libraries/Learning Resource Centre (LRC) services in the Curriculum.

We also got a tour of New College Durham’s LRC (Mike Dann) – pictured above  and below which had displays showing You Said, We Did based on student suggestions and a special display on stress helping students to reduce exam tension and nerves…

 

You Said, We Did PosterStress display

Six Book Challenge promotional material

Back in October the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) team submitted their work with the literacy and English as a Second and Other Language (ESOL) lead tutors and their learners around literacy and the Six Book Challenge (6BC)  for a Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC) Best Practice Award. This week we heard that CoLRIC had received a large number of LRC entries and we were fortunate enough to gain a Commendation.

The awards were running for the first time  and were open to COLRiC members around the United Kingdom which the team discovered at the Northampton College roadshow. The team had worked with tutors and learners in selecting graded readers and fiction that learners could vote on and suggest which the team then ordered for use as part of the 6BC programme.

The selection was informed from research the team did before the autumn term began visiting London bookshops for graded readers, graphic novels and fiction. The Learning Resources Assistant had created a 6BC scrapbook to help learners on these course understand what type and level of reading could contribute to the six items which 6BC participants could read and review in their reading diaries. Our main focus was to encourage reading and not to put learners off by the level of the material.

Through the challenge the LRC team discussed the reading diary reviews with the learners and found out valuable feedback from them which they could use for future stock selection and how the students rated the material. We introduced stickers to add to the reviews to encourage learners to take part. The feedback from the learners showed how much the programme boosted their reading and one of the learners enjoyed it so much she bought stickers for the students to place in their diaries.

The team also worked closely with the ESOL learners in looking at themes in the plots and characters in the books.


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