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Quick Reads Lit UpThe Reading Agency will be announcing their book list on 13 December for 2018 World Book Night on 23 April. We will be applying for books to cover our two sites at Parkshot in Richmond and Hillcroft in Surbiton.

We’ve been running reading groups again this autumn term for our students with Kingston University monthly for more confident readers (The Real Book Club) and Fridays weekly for less confident readers (Hillcroft Bookateers).

We’re encouraging students to sign up for Reading Ahead through our Learning Resources team to read six items and review them in the diary. To boost the choice of material we’re in the process of refreshing our graded readers. Particularly those with audio content. Find out what’s freshly arrived on the New area of our catalogue

In addition 6 new Quick Reads are set to hit the shelves on 1 February 2018. So we will order these in shortly. Their authors include Fern Britton, Dorothy Koomson, Mark Billingham, Kit de Waal, Tammy Cohen and Vaseem Khan. The books look at friendship, secrets and lies, marriage and what happens when you lose your mobile phone!

In the mean time we’ve given the Quick Reads area of the Learning Resources Centre a bit of festive spirit in the photo above!

 

 

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This month was Hillcroft College’s Student Celebration and Achievement Day. It was a special day in many ways. First and foremost, it was a chance to recognise the effort and success of all our students.

This year we were pleased to award many students LRC certificates for completing and participating in reading groups and challenges. 4 students completed the Reading Ahead challenge, having read 6 books or other items. 23 students attended one or more reading groups. We appreciate finding time to work on skills and interests outside of class time is difficult. We hope you enjoyed the extra support with digital and reading skills. Well done!

It was also the official occasion when the LRC unveiled its new name and dedicated plaque to a former student. More details to follow soon.

Karen's group are reading from Jackie Kay's collection of poetry 'Red Cherry Red'.

Karen’s group are reading from Jackie Kay’s collection of poetry ‘Red Cherry Red’.

Good news! Two reading groups for Hillcroft students are starting this week. There’s a monthly group led by Karen from Kingston University that met on Wednesday. The weekly reading group is meeting for the first time today led by Kim.

The idea is to increase reading confidence, enjoyment of reading and start new conversations among women with an common interest in reading.

Each reading group’s identity will grow over time shaped by the interests and ambitions of the group. Both groups are yet to be named by their members. In my mind they will be the ‘No. 1 Ladies Reading Groups’ after Alexander McCall Smith’s series.

The “Wednesday/Monthly” group will have childcare options in the future and we’ll let you know about that in further updates.

If you are inspired by the reading groups please join the Reading Ahead Challenge as well. The LRC will give you a diary to think about your reading journey over six reads.

There’s a survey to help us see how the reading groups go. If you haven’t filled one in and you’d like to sign up for the next reading group meeting or the Reading Ahead challenge, send the LRC an email and we’ll try to find space: lrc@hillcroft.ac.uk.

Hope you all enjoyed the reading groups so far if you have been involved. Big thanks to Karen and Kim for their energy and expertise in leading the meetings.

Quick Reads on DawsoneraLast week we added some Quick Reads onto our Dawsonera ebook platform. We love Quick Reads as not only do they suit our students from entry level 3 but we also find them a relaxing easy read as well. Plus we promote them as part of the Reading Ahead scheme we run annually at our college to boost reading and literacy.

Up until now Quick Reads have only been available to us as Kindle editions. Take for instance Lucy Diamond’s A Baby at the Beach Cafe which we gave away at our World Book Night 2016 event. The snag with that for our learners is we currently only let our learners use the Kindles in the classroom. So if they want to read an ebook at home they then need to turn to our ebrary or Dawsonera ebook platform platforms. These platforms mainly offer academic text books which don’t suit our learners doing entry level 3 – level 1 courses.

Now that we can start offering Quick Reads as ebooks this will benefit students on our literacy, dyslexia and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses who can access these on or offsite on laptops or PCs or even download them to smartphones and tablets. Because we have Single Sign On (SSO) students can get straight to the ebook either through logging onto the network and either going through the catalogue record or the VLE Eresources Dawsonera link.

The three we’ve bought this week are:

We Won the Lottery by Danny Buckland

Black-eyed Devils by Catrin Collier

Trouble on the Heath by  Terry Jones.

If you are not a Hillcroft student you will find Quick Reads to borrow in most UK public libraries.

 

 

Reading Ahead posterIt’s just over a month longer until the end of the 2015/16 Reading Ahead challenge – the deadline is 27th June. There is still time to choose 6 items to read and write a short review on each in your little yellow reading diary (ask us for one). The benefits of reading for pleasure are immense including stress reduction and vocabulary expansion. We also offer a sticker for each completed diary entry. A sticker may seem like a small reward but it is the little things that matter sometimes. There is also a certificate for completers and names will be entered into a national prize draw.

If you are signed up already you can get a digital participant badge on the VLE. Find a checklist and a survey to complete on the VLE under Library -> Services -> Reading for Pleasure.

Talking of stickers – you can find books more easily with stickers on the spine telling you whether they are reference, biographies, short stories, and easy reads. We’re also thinking of getting some customised stickers to highlight books on women’s topics and other gems of the LRC.

 

iPad standingThis week we’ve been digesting all of our data for our Self-Assessment Report (SAR). You may be scratching your head wondering what it is! Basically it’s a review of the impact of what we do on our students. We produce one every six months and this one is looking back at 2014/15. Part of the process is to identify our strengths and weaknesses as well so we can flag up improvements for the next academic year which go into our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) for 2015/16.

Here are our some of our highlights from 2014/15:

Increased audovisual material for learners to borrow by 7%.
Introduced iPads into the classroom for learners to boost their digital skills – included reading apps.
Increased use of eresources by 47.2% – getting more learners used to ereading material and building digital skills.
Improved Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) material – embedded videos to reinforce induction content, new Reading for Pleasure section to encourage reader development and apps to help to hone information/digital literacy skills.
Greater promotion of reading – National Libraries Day, more Six Book Challenge completers, World Book Night and Reading for Pleasure Moodle VLE block.
Extra refresher/consolidation sessions on information literacy skills eg referencing.
Rolled out dyslexic friendly labeling for books to help navigate our material – based on the International Libraries Association Federation (IFLA) Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia.

Reading Ahead posterOn Wednesday 24 June we passed over Six Book Challenge certificates to our students from Future Proof/Next Level and Dyslexia: Reading at our Diversity and Achievement Day. They’ve done a great job reading 6 items each and reviewing them ahead of the 29 June national deadline for the prize draw. We’ll be entering their names for the prize draw. If they win they will get a free trip to London with a friend. There is also the chance to win Kobo Touch ereaders.

Six Book Challenge helps adults boost their reading skills, gain confidence and read more. This is the end of our third year of the programme and it’s a delight talking to students about their reviews and giving them a sticker of their choice as they review each item.

The Reading Agency who run the Six Book Challenge reading programme have renamed and rebranded the programme for next year. It will now be known as Reading Ahead. Same format – just an emphasis that one of the six items you read can be anything from a website to a leaflet, to a recipe, or a magazine article, poem, email or book. We’ll be getting some of the new promotional material ready for starting it in our autumn 2015 term. Find out what Hillcroft College: courses are coming up at Hillcroft on our website.

If you’ve got a child then look out for local public libraries running the Summer Reading Challenge to keep up their reading over the school break. Kingston Libraries local to our college are running this for kids and for adults.

 


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