Who could forget 2015? A general election, a reawakening of The Force, a new programme of co-curricular IDL workshops…of course that’s what you were thinking…
Set up to complement our embedded support and online tutorials and aimed at taught-course students from all departments, the workshops focus on tasks or literacies and always include the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’, to help develop transferable skills that students can apply in their disciplinary context. We deliver these workshops in the Library Skills Room on the fourth floor of The Diamond, a stunning £81 million building that opened in 2015.
The programme now includes sixteen workshops, with new (and new-ish) additions including:
- Workshops co-developed with a team of Student Associates for Learning and Teaching such as ‘Blogging: from concept to communication’.
- Workshops developed collaboratively with other departments in the University such as our ‘Commercial Awareness’ workshop developed by staff from the Library, Careers Service and Enterprise.
- Shorter 30 minute introductory sessions, held in our MindSphere Lounge.
We also run speed-conferencing style ‘masterclasses’ for dissertation students (both UG and PG), consisting of relevant 20-minute sessions. This very popular delivery model is also being used within the curriculum by our colleagues working with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities- an example of how our two offers work well together.
Not everything we’ve tried has been popular, including workshops such as ‘Legal information for non-lawyers’ but we evaluate through feedback, impact evaluation and reflection, working as a team to develop as we go.
If you’d like any further information about anything I’ve mentioned, please get in touch 🙂
Amy Haworth – Service Development Manager