Study & Revision Central: 24th April – 12th May

You’re trying to stay on top of your revision and manage to keep a work-life balance.  We know it’s tough and just wanted to let you know that we’re here to support you. That’s why Learning Services will be running a Study and Revision Central promotion for three weeks starting on 24th April.

(Free) Brain food!

During this time we will provide free water and healthy snacks to keep you hydrated and boost your brain power while you study. So take a break and pop along to the Ask desk between 11-3 and collect your goodies. Working online

You can also find plenty of tips and guides on study & revision central at the one stop site available from your ‘My Library’ tab in Learning Edge. Check out the video playlist of revision tips on Lynda.com for help with time management, speed reading, note-taking and much more.

It isn’t too late to book on to some of the remaining Uniskills Workshops which include sessions on academic writing and information skills. You can also get plenty of help at the Ask desk from our academic skills advisors and student advisors.

Don’t forget, you can also find useful resources through our library catalogue including books and ebooks about Study Skills and Revision Techniques

If you are studying off campus, you can access our digital library – all things electronic – from anywhere

Finding a quiet place to work…

The University library is open 24/7 right up until Monday 12th June. Within the library you will find a range of study zones, networked PCs, laptop loans and free Wi-Fi (eduroam), printing and photocopying facilities, access to 200,000 items including books, journals and audio-visual resources and access to help and support at our library help desk.

To help you find a quiet place to revise, we have a silent study area with easy access to resources or you could book one of the individual study rooms if you want some space to yourself.

There are computers available in LINC building (building number 10 on the campus map) 24 hours a day, all year round which you can access using your student UniCard.

Further help and support

For further help please don’t hesitate to get in touch! You can contact us in a number of ways:

If you need any help, please just ask

Good luck

Learning Services

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Or it will be once your assignments are handed in and you make a head start on that January revision!

To help you on the way to success the University Library is open non-stop right up to midnight on Friday 18th December and we only close for Christmas on the 24th December.

During the festive period we will be offering additional opening hours to ensure you have somewhere peaceful to escape the leftover turkey and have some quality study time.


Closed: 24th – 27th, 31st December and 1st – 3rd January – for more information visit our opening hours pages.

Visit us between Christmas and New Year to take advantage of all we have to offer…

  • Networked PCs, loanable laptops and free eduroam Wi-Fi
  • Access to 200,000 items including books, journals and audio-visual resources
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Bookable individual and group study rooms
  • A range of study zones – group work, quiet work and silent study
  • Access to help and support – staff will be available at the welcome desk
  • 24/7 access to PCs in the LINC – available 365 days a year!

Of course if you aren’t ready to face life outside your pyjamas just yet you can always visit us virtually…

  • eResources are available via our Learning Services web pages and Library Catalogue – you can access 97,000+ eBooks, 40,000+ eJournals and specialist subject resources 24/7.
  • Contact Learning Services via our 24/7 Live Chat
  • Search our Learning Services knowledge base Ask Us for the answers to many common queries including using Turnitin, Harvard Referencing and much more.
  • Get support with academic writing, assignment planning, critical thinking and much more via our Uni Skills offer.
  • Give us a call 01695 650800 during our opening hours.

The University Library normal opening hours will resume 8am on Monday 4th January straight into midnight opening and our 24/7 hours begin again Monday 18th January – what more could you ask for this Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Learning Services 🎄

 

Try the RefME app for help with your referencing

Please note: we are no longer promoting this resource.

LS0390 RefME PlasmaCompiling a bibliography can be a daunting prospect – one way to help you get the hang of what’s required is to download the Reference Me app (RefME). It captures the citations of the resources you have used and will create a bibliography for you.

If you are interested in using this app here’s what to do next:

  • Install the app onto your device, either through Google Play Store or iTunes
  • Or go directly to the  Reference Me  website

Now create an account and then you’re ready to start.

To create a reference, hold your device over the barcode of a book or journal article, your device camera takes an image shot of the barcode (see image below) and then generates the reference as it would appear within a bibliography. You are given the option to add a citation and to do this you simply add the page number (s) and the citation will appear!

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One added bonus is that the app now includes the new Edge Hill Harvard style for you to use. Try the app out and if you have any questions please see staff at the AskDesk in the University Library, Aintree or Woodlands.

Zoe Clarke (Academic Liaison Manager)

Please note: we are no longer promoting this resource.

Did you AV a good classroom experience?

Classroom Audio Visual Support Brochure

ClassroomSupport2Did you know that Learning Services manage the audio-visual (AV) technologies in the University’s 212 teaching spaces? Installing, maintaining and future-proofing classroom and lecture theatre AV is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge – the job is never completed, however, almost all of EHU’s teaching spaces are now equipped with a high standard of audio-visual equipment such as data-projectors, speakers, Blu-ray players as well as wall or desk mounted control panel with an input socket for laptop if required.

As well as managing the high-quality AV kit in classrooms, Learning Services also provides a classroom support service for colleagues. Amazingly, calls for classroom support have fallen year-on-year since 2010 despite a 50% increase in the number of classrooms supported! See Fig 1.

Fig 1.Classroom support calls 2010-2014

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While this is a good news story, we are not resting on our laurels, being very mindful that every call to classroom support represents a delay in teaching and that any delay on our part in resolving issues has an immediate, highly visible and often emotional impact upon the student and staff experience.

While classroom and lecture theatre control panels have become more intuitive and the AV technology more robust, using them can be a daunting experience for new staff.  To this end, Learning Services have produced a classroom support brochure, which contains helpful information about the audio visual technologies in classrooms and lecture theatres and who to call on for support when it is needed.

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We think this information will also be of interest to academic colleagues who have been here a while so will post a booklet out to all.  Copies will also be made available at the Welcome desk on the ground floor of the library.

There is an electronic copy of our new booklet available in eShare.

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Donald Moffatt  – Media and ICT Development Manager

 

Study Skills Support for Students

Learning Services have a variety of study skills support available for students. The new bespoke resources tab in Learning Edge automatically gives students easy access to study information tailored for their subject area. Our assignment help web pages also contain help and signposting to information and resources. Students can also access Ask Us to find answers to their study related questions.

One to one support for students

Any student can book a 30 minute session with a Learning Services academic skills adviser for advice on any aspect of their studies. We can help them to identify areas for improvement and develop strategies and skills to use as they plan and write assignments.

Students can also book a 30 minute session with one of our librarians for advice on any aspect of searching for information, using eResources, or managing information (RefWorks). We can help them to identify areas for improving their search skills as they carry out research for assignments.

Steps to Success

Learning Services are also offering students the opportunity to attend one hour workshops on assignment planning, referencing, academic writing and dissertations. Students need to book to attend a session. More information is available on the Steps to Success workshops web page.

Zoe Clarke (Academic Liaison Manager)

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Learning how to share

Staff Development: eShare: Making the most of your Digital Repository

What is eShare? Why do we have it? How can it benefit me? Come along for an introduction to our digital repository for teaching and learning and see how you can make the most of eShare.

eShare offers you the opportunity to showcase your work to the world, store presentations, video clips and images in an easily accessible way and find ready-made, adaptable materials for your teaching.

In this hands-on session you will:

  • Create a profile – your profile can then be used for departmental webpages, EHRA and CV creation.
  • Learn how to search the repository for teaching resources, guides to technologies and learning resources.
  • Upload your own items – copyright and creative commons will be explained and demystified.

Book on to this session online via the Staff Development Booking system.

Michelle O'Connell

 

 

 

Michelle O’Connell

To arrange for a bespoke or 1:1 eShare session please contact me on x7229.

Award-winning Student Assistants!

Have you noticed our award-winning Student Assistants, resplendent in their red sweatshirts answering enquiries in the library?

At the Employability Awards Evening organised by the Careers Centre on Tuesday 23 April, the Student Assistant team who work in the University Library, Ormskirk won the Student On-Campus Employee Team Award.

This award celebrates students or teams of students who work within their university or college including those working in students’ unions or other departments on campus.

In presenting their awards, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Steve Igoe commended them for their professional and committed attitude and their relaxed, informal style which is communicated to the enquirer.

He also mentioned the unforeseen advantage to employing students in this way is that the organisation has also benefited from their valuable insights into how our services and resources are organised and perceived.

The Student Assistants are based at the ‘Ask’ desk on the first floor of the University Library, Ormskirk. They deal with a range of with basic enquiries including finding books and journals, demonstrating eResources, referencing, navigating Learning Services web pages, using reprographics equipment and ICT issues.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Michael Stores

Michael Stores

Academic Liaison and Skills Librarian

For more information please contact michael.stores@edgehill.ac.uk

 

 

Award Winning Leadership in Mobile Teaching and Learning!

Learning Services have been awarded a Mobile Innovation Award as part of the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Award programme. This exciting achievement recognises the impressive growth of mobile enhanced provision and practice at Edge Hill University and specifically, Learning Services’ strategic approach to supporting all staff and students to embrace the educational affordances of mobile technology.

BB_Catalyst_AwardIn September 2011, evidence of increasing mobile device ownership and student feedback about the potential of mobile technology led the university to invest in the Blackboard Mobile Learn app and our journey to mobility began! Following installation, set-up and testing, a strong communication and marketing campaign was initiated to promote and encourage uptake. Resource guides and support events like the technology roadshow mobile clinics were provided to help students and staff get started downloading apps, connecting to the campus wifi and using the vast range of mobile compatible library resources, such as the Library Catalogue app, Discover more and Ebrary eBooks. Concurrently a comprehensive staff development programme, which included innovative workshops like ‘A Mobile Field Trip’ & ‘Help My Mobile Is Smarter Than Me’, began, in order to support the effective adaptation and development of new mobile friendly teaching and learning practices – with areas such as Postgraduate Clinical Education, HEA4065 Clinical Research, SENCo, Dyslexia, and Sports Therapy leading the way to design and develop course environments that work seamlessly with the Mobile Learn app and enable their students to engage and learn at a time and place that is convenient to them.

Over the last 18 months mobile usage has increased dramatically and pockets of mobile friendly practices are expanding to become the standard modus operandi, accordingly both the service and the university have continued to invest in a portfolio of mobile facilities and activities to develop staffing expertise in order to positively enhance the student experience.

Mobile_Learn_Users_ComparisonFigure 1. Yearly Comparison 2011-12 2012-13 : – Number of Mobile Learn app users

Mobile_Learn_ComparisonFigure 2. Yearly Comparison 2011-12 2012-13 : Number of visits to the VLE via Mobile Learn

The mobile landscape continues to shift and provide new opportunities to enhance education and we’re working to build on these strong foundations to explore and exploit these exciting  developments. (Augmented reality is next on our agenda so watch this space!) Ongoing evaluation through analytics, user feedback, research and benchmarking is helping to ensure we are in a position to respond to changing behaviours and continue to implement a progressive mobile strategy.

This Blackboard Catalyst Mobile Innovation Award celebrates the hard work and achievement of many colleagues and students across the university. The product of constructive relationships and collaboration makes innovation and transformative teaching and learning practices possible- so this award goes to everyone at Edge Hill who is involved, engaged and working together to embrace mobile learning!

The awards ceremony will take place amongst a global community of peers at the Blackboard World 2013 Education Technology Conference this July in Las Vegas. As Learning Technology Development Manager I have been lucky enough to be invited to represent Edge Hill and Learning Services to accept this prestigious Mobile Innovation Award.

Congratulations everyone – keep up the good work!

Meg Juss, Learning Technology Development Manager

 

 

 

 

Meg Juss
Learning Technology Development Manager


The Blackboard Catalyst Mobile Innovation awards honour those who have pushed boundaries and embraced mobility to positively impact the educational experience at their institution.

For more information about the award visit the Blackboard Catalyst Awards web pages.

Download ebooks to your Kindle Fire, iPhone, iPad, Android or Sony eReader

Did you know you can download an ebook, or a section of an ebook to read offline?

Two ebook providers, Ebrary and Dawson, offer this option, allowing you the convenience of downloading and reading information for when you haven’t got an internet connection.

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You can create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range: 

  • Same page limits as for printing.
  • Accessible on most computers and devices, including the Kindle.
  • Files do not expire.

Learn more:  http://0-support.ebrary.com.library.edgehill.ac.uk/?p=655

You can download an entire document as an ebook:
  • Accessible on most computers and devices.
  • You can have up to 10 documents at a time.
  • Documents can be full-document downloaded for 14 days. (Single-user-only documents can be full-document downloaded for 7 days.)
  • There is no need to return items: they will auto-delete after 14 days.

You need to install Adobe Digital Editions (free online). For a guide, go to http://www.eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/id/document/5748
For a guide on reading on your smartphone go to http://www.eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/1388/

NEW! Download to your Kindle Fire find out how at http://support.ebrary.com/kb/ebrary-books-on-kindle-fire/

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You can download an ebook from the Full Title Display of the Reader portal:
  • Read the ebook offline utilising Adobe Reader© controls.
  • Navigate through the ebook using the nested Table of Contents on the left-hand side.
  • During the download period, you can make annotations and highlight text.
  • Please note it is not possible to print or copy offline.
  • The book will auto-delete after the chosen loan period (1-3 days).

Learn more: http://www.eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/2708/

Learning Services go the extra mile!

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As a holder of the Customer Service Excellence award for 8 years, Learning Services are committed to continuously improving our facilities, resources and services to ensure your learning experience is the best that it can be.

We were delighted to receive some excellent feedback from our latest Customer Service Excellence assessment in January 2013.  Not only are we still fully compliant in all elements of the award, but we received 3 compliance pluses!  Compliance pluses are awarded when a service goes that extra mile.  We were awarded compliance pluses for our insight into how customers use our services, resources and facilities, our approach to staff development and our use of mobile technologies.

The assessor also highlighted the following as areas of strength:

  •  Learning Services has a very good understanding of the needs of all of its customer groups and has used this understanding to develop and improve services to them.
  • There are good levels of customer satisfaction across all areas of service delivery and, where in some academic Faculties and Departments these are lower, support has been available to help to improve satisfaction levels.
  • There is a real culture of customer focus that stems from Managers down to, and upwards from, front line staff.
  • Staff recognise the value of good customer service and the impact that their roles have on front line service provision, demonstrated through the speed with which resources become available for student borrowing.
  • Staff are empowered to develop services both within their own areas of expertise and as members of wider teams and working groups across all areas of service delivery.
  • Staff seek out new solutions to problems, for example, developing mobile solutions to accessing services.
  • There are well established systems in place for monitoring and reviewing performance in respect of service delivery outcomes and the timeliness of delivery.

Do you agree with these statements?  As always we would love to hear your feedback about what we do well, and what you feel we could improve: http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/ls/feedback/

For more information about the Customer Service Excellence award contact:

Helen Jamieson, Customer Services Manager

helen.jamieson@edgehill.ac.uk

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