Returning to Learning

Are you returning to education after a break? Does the thought of studying again fill you with trepidation as well as excitement? Are you anxious that you won’t be able to ‘keep up’ with other students?

Been away from education for a while? Returning to Learning UniSkills workshop offers a time and space to meet other students who have also had a break from study.

You are not alone! Students who are returning to study after time away sometimes feel that their academic skills are ‘rusty’, and worry about whether they will be able to remember how to undertake academic study, or write assignments. However, research shows that students who return to study after a break from education are often found to be more motivated, self-determined, focussed and hard-working (Hunter-Johnson, 2017; Kasworm, 2018). Our experience has also shown that given the right encouragement and access to support, all students have the potential to achieve, regardless of their age or stage in life.

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💖 Sharing admiration for the Teaching Online Reading Group: @EHU_TORG.

The journey so far – blog number 1…

In the beginning…

In 2020 the Teaching Online Reading Group (TORG) for academic staff members was launched, via MS Teams by Dr Claire Hawkins, Senior Lecturer in Primary Computing Education and Sonia Edwards, Academic Engagement Manager in Library and Learning Services.

The aim is to provide a space to discuss user-friendly, research-based articles about online teaching and learning. Providing a valuable opportunity to actively and critically consider what it means to teach in a virtual world.

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Discover More and eResources – what’s next?

Over the past two years Library and Learning Services have developed a new Collection Development Policy and invested in resources to assist our digital-first approach.

This approach supported the pivot to online delivery in March 2020, where we aimed to provide as much online content as we possibly could. At the time we were supported by publishers and provided with some new and innovative ways of providing access to resources. Unfortunately, much of the publishers free access to eTextbooks and eResources was temporary, and removed when students returned to campus in the same year.

eBook Engagement Figures 2019 – 2021

Our data tells us that as students returned to site there continued to be high demand for online access.

The number of eBooks accessed between 2019 and 2021 from September to November
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New Year, New UniSkills: Student Advisor Academic Resolutions

Happy New Year!!! We hope you all had a wonderful break and are raring to go for the new year ahead. The Student Engagement Team welcomed you back on 4th January with our New Year, New UniSkills campaign which saw a jam packed schedule of academic skills support to motivate you to get back in to study mode including UniSkills workshops, Student Advisor academic resolutions and ‘how to’ videos.

New Year fireworks
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January Welcome Fair Competition

During your welcome festivities Library and Learning Services have an exciting opportunity for you to win a £50, or two runner up prizes of £25Amazon eVoucher – and all you need to do to enter is engage with us on social media accounts! You can enter up to two times (once via Twitter and once via Instagram) and it’s really easy to do! Simply visit us in the Venue during the SU Welcome Fair (Wednesday 26th January) and scan our competition posters!

Whilst you are there why not take time to chat to our friendly team to find out more about what Library and Learning Services has to offer you and get ahead for the new year by booking on to a UniSkills Workshop.

Welcome competition. Up to £50 Amazon evoucher to be won. Visit us in the SU Venue Wednesday 26th January at the SU Fair.
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Academic Integrity and me!

As a student you will be reading a range of literature, some of it may be challenging, other pieces interesting, and occasionally you will read something so intriguing that it sends you off on a tangent, reading and researching an area that has grabbed your attention and drawn you in. That happened to me in 2015 when I was deep in postgraduate study, and an interest in that topic has stayed with me ever since, ultimately leading to the creation of a new academic resource to support Edge Hill University students and staff.

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