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Library teaching effort continues over summer

John Hynes delivers a lecture

Over 850 students enrolled on a 10 week pre-sessional course.

The Library has a long standing relationship with the University Language Centre, providing support during the summer period for their pre-sessional students. These students undertake a range of courses which are designed to help them develop the academic skills they need to progress to a university undergraduate or postgraduate programme.

This a great natural fit with , the Library’s award-winning skills development programme. We have a great deal of experience supporting large groups of students within the curriculum; the 10 week pre-sessional course itself has over 850 students enrolled on it this year.  We used a blended support package of face-to-face and online training, which we’ve found engages large groups of students.

Key online resources such as Start to finish: essay writing and Knowing where to look: your search toolkit are embedded into the course Blackboard space, so that students can refer to these throughout the course at point-of-need. Links to the Library’s Get Started videos were also embedded by the Library’s eLearning team, and this approach went down very well with the students.

The face-to-face element came from two lectures in the Roscoe Building which were very well attended – we counted 847 students in total. The lecture introduced the types of support provided by the Library, focusing on the support available within the building. There was a discussion of My Learning Essentials resources and how these can help students with the essay-style assignment they need to complete to pass the course.

Students were encouraged to give live feedback during the sessions, and we were happy to see students understand and recognise all the services the Library provides – as well as our millions of books!

Thanks to course tutors for giving us such wonderful feedback; we’re glad your students found the lecture very useful. And thank you to all the students who came to lectures and used our resources, we wish you the very best in your studies.

John Hynes and Graham Holland (Teaching and Learning and eLearning teams)

Updated: Thu, Aug 9, 2018