Communicating in an Information Age module
Type of snapshot
Provision in the curriculum: separate skills/literacies module
What was the context for this snapshot?
Developing student and staff skills for “Communicating in an Information Age” was a key aspect of the University’s Corporate Strategy; the module was developed to support this.
What kind of learners were involved in accessing this provision or support?
Students are 1st year level 1 students; most are mature students who are returning to learning and juggling work, family and study.
What skills or literacies were particularly being addressed?
The module focuses on using Web 2.0 tools for communicating and working collaboratively. As well as developing ICT skills, the module also explores group theories. Assessment includes a group project using a wiki to produce a guide to communication tools, group discussion of group theories, and personal reflection via an e-portfolio.
Who provided the support? How was support provided?
Module leader based in central service Assessed 20 credit module Although available for students across the University, the module is a core module for the University’s BSc Hons Combined Studies programme.
Benefits, outcomes, and lessons learned
This is often the first experience of group work for many of the students. Although daunting initially, many students have commented that this has been a valuable learning experience. Using the University’s VLE and e-portfolio system also poses challenges for the less computer literate. The level of support required from the tutor cannot be underestimated.