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KLaSS Learning Offering for 2018-2019: Skills activities for 2018-2019

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What's on offer

Are your students able to select and use a wide range of key sources appropriate to their discipline? Do they cite resources that aren't appropriate for academic work? Does referencing and the importance of acknowledging others in their work elude them? Are they able to distinguish between collaboration and collusion? 

If any of the above are concerns, do use the below form to get in touch with the Learning & Skills team in Library Services. We're keen to work with you to develop activities to help your students succeed in these areas. Requests will be considered on a first come, first served basis so please complete this form as early as possible. We will normally need to be asked at least 6 weeks in advance and are unlikely to be able to offer something tailored at short notice.

For 2018/19, self-directed online learning, blended learning and the flipped classroom are our main delivery methods across the areas we support. You might like to look at our KLaSS module on KEATS or our Case Study Videos to learn more about what we can do.

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Where are the workshops on EndNote and RefWorks?

There is now a wide range of choice when it comes to bibliographic management software. Based on our experience of teaching workshops, answering queries and gathering insight via the survey we undertook in April 2018, our focus has shifted from training on a couple of specific products to a more student-centred approach. We are keen to enable student choice in the software they choose to use (if any) instead of prescribing one or two products.   

As can be seen from our survey results, the King's community has adopted a range of different options in line with the expanding market and the ready availability of free software. The majority (over 65%) of the 200+ respondents indicated they use something other than EndNote or RefWorks, be that a different product like Mendeley or Zotero or no product at all. Our role is to encourage individuals to choose software based on their needs, as well as signposting to online learning, webinars and other support options such as forums and online chat so that they can get the most out of the software they choose to use.

This is intended to make better use of the time of all concerned. We want to avoid forcing students to attend training on a specific piece of software. Often they have already decided which software to use by the time they are booked onto training. Our referencing guide has been expanded to take into account these changes.

Results of March-April 2018 survey:

Chart showing referencing software preference 2018

Why the focus on blended learning and online educational resources?

As educators we are passionate about our learners and helping them to achieve their goals as set out in the King's Education Strategy. Only by encouraging reflection and taking an evidence-based approach can we check that learning outcomes are met.

We believe a blended approach best supports this aim in our context and enables us to work with academics to co-create our offering. It makes the best use of the limited number of face-to-face contact hours we can provide and encourages learners to become independent over time. We are eager to promote flexible structures and modes of delivery.

We also seek to empower our learners to take responsibility for making their own choices about what, where and how they learn. By providing a suite of self-directed online educational resources we hope to enable the widest range of learners to access our support.

Research into this area indicates that these forms of delivery are equally effective for developing traditional library skills as a face-to-face offering:

Start of studies activities

Case study videos

If you're unsure how blended learning or the flipped classroom could be used with your students, these videos outline some of the activities we have developed and used:

Arts & Sciences - this video looks at how we have used blended learning in the Liberal Arts.

Health - this video looks at how we have use blended learning in Psychology.