Learning and teaching priorities:
British Conference of Undergraduate Research
Students will work with the 301 Student Skills and Development Centre to organise the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. This is a national conference attracting over 400 students from across the UK to showcase original research undertaken both independently and in collaboration with academic staff. In Easter 2018 the conference is coming to the University of Sheffield and the SALT team will be involved in many aspects of planning and running the conference.
Learning and teaching priorities:
Collaboratively prioritising and developing online information and digital literacy solutions for student success, employment and citizenship.
Building on the success of the 2016/17 Library SALT project students will again undertake a participatory action research project, to collaboratively prioritise and develop our information and digital literacy offer. This year the project will explore and develop the library’s engagement with students via student enquiry channels, including at helpdesks, via email, live chat, phone, tweets and SMS. During busy periods these channels can generate several hundred enquiries each day.
The SALT team, working alongside the University Library’s Virtual Advisory and Help Service, and in collaboration with Library Learning Services Unit, will develop support for information and digital literacy queries, via the use of screen sharing software, screencasting, web conferencing, online tutorials, and video, to create high quality, targeted resolutions to information and digital literacy queries. The project will be evaluated through staff and student reflective writing.
Learning and teaching priority:
The project aimed to understand what students understood Engaged Learning to be and how it could be further implemented into the vision for ‘outward facing ethos’ in the Learning and Teaching strategy. It also aimed to make students aware of the plethora of activities they can undertake alongside their degree to add to the experiences and skills they may already have. Finally, to help them understand that being at university is about more than just attaining a high degree score (the ‘holistic view’). The project also aimed to help students’ reflect on their experiences at university, thinking specifically about their skillsets and why they come/came to university in the first place.
Staff contact: Brendan Stone email@example.com
Learning and teaching priority: Join up your skills: Skills Hub Development
The aim of this SALT project was to work with the Skills Forum departments to scope, develop and promote a student- and staff-facing online resource to communicate the full range skills training opportunities on offer to students as part of their personal and professional development.
The project responded to a number of strategic priorities emerging from the Learning and Teaching Strategy 2016-21 including:
● Excellence in practice (students as self-directed learners, communities of learning within an inclusive environment)
The project is student and staff facing in character and has implications more broadly for the development of a programme-level view of learning and teaching that encompasses the full range of opportunities available across the Institution.
Staff contact: Oli Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning and teaching priority: Supporting students' transition to University
Student Services recently invested in “Academic Success: Skills for Learning, Skills for Life”: a suite of three interactive online modules to support all taught students at the University during pre-arrival and transition into the University learning environment. This is part of an international collaboration through Epigeum, providers of high quality online courses for Higher Education. The project is being managed centrally by the 301 Student Skills & Development Centre, with a Steering Group to guide its implementation. The course will be progressively rolled out to new students from September 2016.
The SALT team set up, ran and evaluated a pilot of the course, reporting back to the Steering Group on their progress. The SALTs also completed the course themselves and contributed to the development and customisation of the resource.
Staff contact: Amy Jeffries A.E.Jeffries@sheffield.ac.uk
Learning and teaching priority: Digital learning
The SALTs carried out research to explore students' experiences and expectations of digital technologies for learning at the University of Sheffield. The project provided feedback and a set of recommendations to the institution to help them understand where students feel they need more support and to give a platform to ‘best practice’ as experienced and identified by students.
The project also identified gaps in student awareness of support and technologies and provided a platform for students to advise others on ‘best practice’ in using technologies for learning. The group produced a video in order to inform staff and students about expectations and needs in relation to technology enhanced learning and to improve experiences of using technology at university.