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Posts Tagged ‘Further Education

Non-fiction with picturesGetting new textbooks and non-fiction books that are suitable for Further Education students is an enjoyable and challenging part of the LRC team’s job. There are fantastic books on all subjects but the problem is that some are higher education focused, i.e. really wordy.

Making the most of Illustrations is a central part of reading. A picture tells a thousand words, right? We keep an eye out for non-fiction that has lots of pictures and graphics alongside high-quality writing.This is good news for a faster engagement with new topics and understanding for visual learners such as dyslexics. At the same time, non-fiction books that are less text-heavy are also easier to skim read and skip to key subheadings. These can be good reading strategies. Humour is often used too which can make even the driest subject more interesting.

Here are a few titles that are new and focus on illustrating the issues (we’re not saying these subjects are dry!):

Let us know what other non-fiction ‘picture books’ you like. Which subjects lend themselves well to being illustrated or is this approach just for children?

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BETT 2015 is a giant exhibition for teachers and all those in education. What a treat! Yesterday I went to see the latest innovations in technology for use in all types of educational environments. It was somewhat overwhelming with hundreds of companies and seminars going on in more than one location. (The staff were so helpful in pointing me in the right direction when I got lost). I wanted to share the highlight discovery for me:

On the theme of informal online learning, I met Roar Knüppel the co-founder of Bibblio. They handpick the best free content on the internet including lots of videos, slides and other media that are really engaging and educational. For example, it has TED talks and BBC earth video collections. The are also 6 topics to browse: science, technology, people, nature, culture and society. You can follow other people’s collections of resources and/or curate your own. It’s great not to have to waste time searching through closed access, low quality or dull content – although I haven’t explored enough yet but the first impressions are golden. I have three videos to watch already in my collections.

Screen with VLELast week we launched our new design for our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle. Our designers at Overt created it using their Overt Quick Metro design.

The new look for the VLE was a collaboration between teaching and learning staff and students. Both the students and staff wanted a cleaner more modern feel that made it easy to navigate the site. Students wanted all the regular things they use to be easily accessible from one place.This includes their email, courses they are registered on, My Learning Space (MLS) their electronic Individual Learning Plan (eILP), BKSB and course feedback forms. These are now under the My Learning Room area.

We’ve incorporated a new accessibility toolbar as over 45% of our learners have a declared disability. The toolbar is a Moodle block which has readback features, allows them to change the font size, background colours and use overlays.

The LRC Manager has created a course template to make course creation easier and bring together essential course material that students wanted together eg aims and objectives, scheme of work, assessment and course handbook through consulting with colleagues Angela Rideau Elearning Coordinator from Barnet Southgate and Rod Kain LRC Manager at NewVic colleges via Kav Dev Senior Advisor at RSC London. She’s also created a guide to help students and staff understand the new design, get hints and tips on creating material eg sizing images to fit the new course grid blocks and a style guide.

This week the LRC team started revamping the LRC pages. It’s been a great chance to use the training we had from Dave Foord at A6 Training using Moodle Books and embedding videos.

 

CLA Copyright and the Creative Industries bookWhile our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) Manager was following the exhibition track at the Academic and Research Libraries’ Group (ARLG) annual conference at the University of Sussex she picked up this handy guide explaining how copyright works for those working and creating material in the creative industries:

Copyright and the creative industries: a short introduction to copyright and reference guide to related organisations

It lists the contact details of key agencies protecting the rights of the creators.

The Copyright Licensing Agency have an excellent website area CLA Further Education dedicated to how copyright works for those working  in Further Education colleges. Plus they’ve done a guide for students.

There’s also a handy website called Copyright User which explains how copyright protects those who create images, music, film and other works. It’s useful for anyone wanting to copyright the material they have created or use copyrighted material and avoid breaking the law.

The LRC team teaches students on the Access to Higher Education Business, Health and Human Sciences Humanities and Social Sciences and Preaccess about copyright as part of their induction.

 

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


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