Do you need to discover more?

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It has come to that time of year when you will be researching for assignments or exams. One of Learning Services’ key resources to support you with your research is Discover More.

We have recently upgraded the tool and there are lots of new features which we hope will help you as you search for information – whether that be books or journals.

Some of the new features of the tool include:

  • Refining your results to books in the library and library location ( you can quickly see books on the subject and which library holds them)
  • Database recommendations – you can see at the top of your results page which database Discover More has found the most results in
  • You get a quick view of the item – hover over the title and check out the panel on the right
  • You can refine by discipline – this is really easy to use and will help you focus more; it also provides you with details of how many results there are so you can see if this is area to focus on

There is short guide which takes you through the basics of searching, refining and then saving and exporting your results.  Take a look at the guide or come and see a member of staff at one of our help desks.  Your subject librarian is also a good contact to have!  Take a look at the Learning Services webpage for your subject, there are full contact details of your librarian.  Your subject resources tab in Learning Edge is also a great starting point – your main databases and journal collections are recommended and also quick links into   the library catalogue and Discover More

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Rachel Bury

Learning Services

Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

Read all about it …….

…… check out the newly acquired phonics collection at Edge Hill’s library at the Woodlands Centre, Chorley.

The government is keen to promote high quality teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics in primary schools so the library at Woodlands, a centre for education resources, has invested in a whole range of phonics materials.

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Education trainees can evaluate these new phonic resources at Woodlands or borrow them for 1 week.

The collection includes:-

  • Phonics Bug – Pearson
  • Jolly Phonics – Jolly Learning Ltd
  • Project X – Oxford University Press
  • Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters – Oxford University |Press

Don’t forget Woodlands Library has books, journals and DVDs related to teaching. Students can also use study spaces, PCs and laptops

The library at Woodlands is open to all. Please get in touch if you would like more information about our phonics collections or Woodlands Library

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Deputy Site Librarian, Woodlands Library

 

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Learning Services’ Media and ICT Support team have developed a collection of short videos to provide media students with expert direction and support to help them get the most out of the equipment they are borrowing, from getting started with a camcorder to using a set of lights.

The bespoke videos focus on the media equipment borrowed from the library. The aim is to provide informative content that aids in the operation of the equipment and resolves any issues encountered.

Each Video is:

  •  1-2 minutes in length
  • Contains a visual list of the items for that piece of equipment
  • Provides expert demonstration

The videos are short so that students can easily dip in and out of them, and the visual list of items are to help students identify that everything is still present after a busy shoot.

The visual list is followed by a demonstration on how to correctly use the different elements of the equipment. For example how to format an SD card, change any settings that may need to be highlighted to ensure the equipment works correctly, or how to attach a light to the stand securely.

The videos are hosted on YouTube so they can be easily accessed from a smart phone, laptop or computer. This accessibility means that no matter where the students are they have access to the information. The You Tube videos are accessed by QR codes printed on the checklists that are located inside the equipment bag themselves, so that they can scan the code and be taken directly to the video on YouTube.

YouTube provides very useful statistics which will help us to recognise how the videos are being used so we can make any changes in light of this. It is hope that this added dimension of support accessible via YouTube will be well received, and we welcome any suggestions for future videos.

The current playlist for these videos can also be found at goo.gl/TWAKHx.

Chris Baker

Media & ICT Support Manager

#EHUGetConnected Taking Your Devices to the Next Level!

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After the success of all the previous #EHUGetConnected events held in 2013, we are happy to announce more upcoming dates across different venues and locations for the coming weeks ahead:

  • 11am – 2pm Friday, 31st January 2014 (HUB, Ormskirk Campus)
  • 9am – 1pm Tuesday, 4th February 2014 (FOHSC Foyer, Ormskirk Campus)
  • 9am – 1pm Wednesday, 5th February 2014 (FOHSC CPD, Aintree Campus)

If you’ve never come along to one previously then you are in for treat! #EHUGetConnected gives you the chance to speak to our team of knowledgeable staff to help get the best out of your technology and the learning resources at your disposal.  Every year there are new and exciting upgrades to our systems, pushing the boundaries of online learning and communication.  In 2014 we will again be promoting and showcasing our favorite selection of mobile apps, campus WiFi connectivity and our learning resource ‘hall of fame’. This time we will be featuring the new Community Engagement upgrade within Learning Edge and show you how it can enhance your online learning practice.

Here are just a few examples of questions we can help you with:

General ‘How can I…?’

  • connect to WiFi on campus?
  • find a PC to use?
  • book a study room?
  • forward my Edge Hill emails to a personal account?

On my mobile (eReader/laptop/phone/tablet) ‘how can I…?’

  • sync my emails?
  • easily log into Learning Edge?
  • get the course notifications I want?
  • access my lecture notes?
  • search the library catalogue?
  • download journal articles and eBooks?
  • annotate journal articles or lecture notes?
  • save shortcuts to the library and my subject pages?
  • watch videos or listen to podcasts?
  • find useful apps?

In the library ‘how can I…?’

  • search for resources?
  • find online journals and articles?
  • access my reading list?
  • reserve a book?
  • build a reference using the Discover More ‘cite’ tool?
  • save a link to an eResource so I can go straight back to it later?
  • work out which databases are right for my subject?

In Learning Edge ‘how can I…?’

  • change the way my course list is displayed?
  • subscribe to discussion forums/threads so I know when a post has been made?
  • set up my own online blogs/discussion forums/podcasts/social or study groups?
  • find my grades and feedback?

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Events taking place in the Faculty of Health and Social Care are tied in with the Faculty enrollment and induction day for the newest cohorts, but all current students and staff are welcome to come and ask any burning questions you may have about your devices, gadgets or gizmos.  If you’re not at any of the campus locations on the day to speak to us in person, we have got that covered too!  You can contact us during the event (and beyond) via our social media channels using the #EHUGetConnected hash-tag:

FB  https://www.facebook.com/EHULearnService

twitter  https://twitter.com/EHULearnService or https://twitter.com/LTDatEHU

We would be delighted to talk to you about technology; let us demystify some of the things you’ve heard about but don’t know how to use, and let us help you get started using technologies maybe you haven’t even heard of yet!

See you there!

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Learning Technology Development Officer

One Click, Every Trip!

Over the past few months, Learning Services and IT Services have been collaboratively working hard in launching a great new look for Learning Edge.

We’ve been listening to our students about what you are looking for to make Learning Edge better than ever before and so today you will see some of these changes take effect!

Firstly, we have one Click access to Learning Edge!  From the Go Portal you will be taken straight to your Learning Edge Homepage (Now called ‘Home’) where you can access your modules.  You will also notice at this point a bright, new, colourful Learning Edge Homepage with lots of great resources and helpful links to make your experience the best ever yet!

goportalThe areas have been organised into new tabs to help you get straight to the bits you need when you need them whilst the Go Portal links will follow you so you can get straight to your student email without having to return back to Go.

Rather than you having to leave Blackboard to find help, we’re now bringing it to you in a suitably organised way, gathering our Twitter feeds, YouTube videos, Ask Us service and System Status information right to wherever you choose to study.

Keep an eye out for particularly useful tools: Ask Us help service, Discover More library search and PC Availability amongst many others!

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We are welcoming any feedback that our users have about the new look and features and would love to know what you would like to see in future developements.  This is just the very first step in what we can bring to you through Learning Edge – there is still a lot more to come! Get in touch via the comments box below or email LTDsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

Learning Technology Development Team
Learning Services

Christmas read – treat yourself to a Learning Services newsletter

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Learning Services would like to share with you some of the exciting developments which have happened over the past few months. It’s been a busy term for lots of our teams’ who have been involved in developments and improvements with media loans; skills and employability events; and new help and support available via the web – Keep Calm and Ask Us ehu.ac.uk/askus

These are just some of the highlights, please take a look and find out more in our Winter newsletter.

We would also like to wish staff and students a very Happy Christmas and New Year and a reminder that the University Library in Ormskirk we will be open:

Christmas Eve 9am – 3pm

30th December 9am – 5pm

New Years Eve 9am – 3pm

For more information and a full schedule of opening times for all our sites, please visit our website.

Best wishes

Rachel Bury Academic Liaison Manager – Quality, Marketing and Communication

 

 

Learning Services at Christmas

We are aware the January exam period is looming, as is the start of a busy time for those undertaking dissertations, so the next few weeks may be the only time you may have to get some extra work done.  Learning Services will be here for you if you need some quiet study time.

Our additional opening hours at Christmas are always well used and this year we are pleased be able to offer more vacation opening than ever before.

The University Library will be open for 3 days during the Christmas vacation.

As well as being open Monday 23rd December, 9am – 5pm, we are open Christmas Eve, 9am – 3pm, Monday 30th December, 9am – 5pm, and New Years Eve, 9am – 3pm. You can come in and see us, find resources, get some help, use a PC, bring your books back and take out some more! As the Library is now home to the media equipment, media students are also able to access kit during the Christmas vacation, for the first time.

Our online help tool – Ask Us – is available 24/7 throughout the Christmas period for you to check our bank of answers, get in touch via email or text and, during our opening hours, use live web chat to get the help you need. Our telephone helpline is available during opening hours on 01695 584286

24/7 access to PCs in the LINC building will operate throughout the holiday period if you need a PC.

Of course you don’t have to visit us in the library, you can use us online. All our eResources will be available via our website and library catalogue so why not give them a visit. You can access 24/7:

  • 97,000+ eBooks
  • 40,000+ eJournals
  • specialist subject web pages to sign post you to the right resources for your subject

For more details about our opening hours please check the website

Merry Christmas, Learning Services

Do you need classroom materials for your teaching placement?

It may be early in the term but if you are working with children and you are looking for materials to take to your placement/setting for use in the classroom you may want to check out the Education Resource Collection.

The collection contains a range of materials from books (fiction and non-fiction), posters, games, dvds, and much more. Some of the non-book materials are kept in interesting looking boxes-do explore them!. Most items from the collection are issued for 12 weeks and can be renewed if there are no reservations so you can plan your lessons well ahead.

We have relocated & improved the collection for this year and it is now housed on the first floor of the University Library. There is a new phonics section, a new storage area for the oversize picture books, study space and some soft seating.

If you want to find out more do visit the Education Subject Resources webpage. You can get to this by going to the Learning Services webpages, www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls, click and the Subject Resources link and choose Teacher Training and Education from the dropdown list. Click on the Resources tab and select the Classroom resources link.

Revision and exams – some useful signposts

If you spending some time over the Easter holidays preparing for exams, and finishing those last pieces of work, we would like to signpost you to some valuable help and support.

We have 128 past exam papers as digital items within our library catalogue. If  a department has made past papers available, we have scanned the exam paper and placed it as a digital item in the catalogue. We have just added a number of papers from 2012.  Most of the subjects are from within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences but please have a look, there may be something which helps you prepare.

We have 30 subjects or programmes and within those subjects, 128 papers.  Papers range from those used a few years right up to those we have just added from 2012 exams.

How to find them in the library catalogue

Either

Do a ‘Title’ search for ‘Exam Papers’ and you will have a subject list.

Or

Search for your ‘Module Code’ and if there is one for that module,  the title of the exam paper appears in the reading list in alphabetical order.

In both cases the icon is an orange jigsaw piece so it is quite noticeable.

As with all our digitised items, to access an exam paper you will need to log in to authenticate as a Edge Hill staff or student.

If you are trying to find research, both for revision purposes or finishing assignments, we have created a top 10 tips around how to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use information.  We have created a PDF document so if you would like to print  and keep, here it is.

Remember we have guides on our web pages to help with academic writing skills.

If you would like a one to one session for revision skills or a group of you would like a support session please get in touch via the Ask desk, 1st floor University Library or email librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

Learning Services and the University is closed until Wednesday 3rd April 2013 but there is lots of help and support on our web pages, especially around academic skills and using eResources so please take a look.

Rachel Bury

Achieving Assignment Success

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We know this is a very busy time for students, the next 6 weeks is crucial to everyone finishing assignments, and preparing for exams.

We have created a top 10 tips around how to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use information.

1. Use the right information source for what you are trying to achieve.

Oxford Reference Online contains dictionaries, handbooks and encyclopaedias. Searching this will help you understand the terminology of your subject and think of alternative search terms.

Think about other forms of media that might be useful.  For example most things in the arts, social sciences, health and education will have relevant newspaper articles.  Newsbank contains current news reports. Newsvault contains historical news items.

Can’t find the right books in the library – try our eBook collections.  Ebrary has 66,000 ebooks.  You can use the books you need and then save them to your bookshelf once you have created an ebrary account.

Aren’t sure which resources we have for your subject? Please use our subject web pages.  They will help you find the right eResources or you can start your basic searching using Discover More.

2. Search Terms. Think carefully about the words you use to search for your information. Be specific rather than just using broad general terms. It is keywords that you use and this is the most important thing to get right when you search a database.

3. Search Tips.  Link keywords using AND, OR, NOT. AND narrows a search, OR widens a search NOT excludes the term.

4. Scope. Target the coverage of your topic to a specific date or geographical region and be consistent with your searches in relation to this.

5. Finding the actual article. The PDF full text of the article will be located within most of our eJournal collections and databases but if the full text isn’t there, search by the title of the journal you need in the library catalogue to check Learning Services’ access to a particular journal.

6. Evaluate the information you find. Is the article relevant?  think about how you can use it.

7. Manage your search results using the options available this often includes that you can print, save or email yourself the article.

8. Collect the details for your bibliography and reference list  as you find the information. If you are using  Harvard referencing there is a guide on the Learning Services web pages.

9. Save your assignments in more than one place and read through your assignments to check spelling, grammar, and referencing before you submit  them.

10. Use the Learning Services web pages for help with information,  eResources and assignment help.  Or come and see us at the Ask desk in the University or drop us an email librarian@edgehill.ac.uk

We have created this short guide as a PDF document so if you would like to print  and keep, here it is.

or call Learning Services help line 01695 584286