A Room Without Walls: using problem based learning in a collaborative real-time virtual space to develop critical research skills in an FE college

Stevenson, Christine and Young, Leanne (2013) A Room Without Walls: using problem based learning in a collaborative real-time virtual space to develop critical research skills in an FE college. In: Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) 2013, 25 - 27 Mar 2013, University of Manchester. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The student profile at the University of Sunderland is highly diverse and is noted for its widening participation activity amongst the UK Higher Education community.
In the 2011/2 student cohort of 19200, 35% students study off campus both in the UK and overseas and of these, 1600 study locally in FE colleges.

Many of our students studying at local partner colleges are unable to use the library in person due to distance and work or family commitments, relying on the library’s electronic resources, although not always successfully.
Traditionally, library staff visit our partners to provide induction or one-shot sessions, but many of our partners are at a distance from the University and this can be time consuming and impractical for staff.

In 2011 Sunderland University Library began experimenting with digital real-time collaborative tools, including Vyew, to support overseas distance learners. Following positive feedback from students and academic staff, we saw an opportunity to replicate this model of delivery to our local partner colleges.

In this paper we will outline:
- how we used the online collaborative tool, Vyew, to deliver skills for learning workshops to a cohort of partner college students, building upon the initial one-shot session.
- how we incorporated problem based learning using collaborative tools available in Vyew, encouraging students to think critically by analysing and solving complex problems in real life situations.
- how we measured the outcomes and planned for the future.

The collaborative work of librarians and FE college lecturers led to a sense of ‘connectedness’ enabling the activation of ideas, both inside and outside of the university. This connectedness had helped to enable students to make their own intellectual links between the content of the subject they were studying and the skills they would need to acquire to be active and successful learners.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning, information literacy, further education, synchronous, web based learning
Subjects: Education > Further Education
Education > Higher Education
Education > Learning Technology
Librarianship > Librarianship
Divisions: Services > Student and Learning Support
Depositing User: Leanne Young
Date Deposited: 01 May 2013 11:09
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2017 18:13
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/3885

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