Classroom Activity

Referencing exercises

A set of four referencing exercises, complete with answers. Exercises cover:1) Is a Reference Needed? 2) Where Should the Citations Go? 3) “I Didn’t Reference the Source Because…” 4) Referencing Errors.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document, Quiz

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Freewriting

This resource encourages students to write on a given topic for a set amount of time. It is is designed to test information recall ability as well as help students improve their confidence in their writing ability.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Word Document

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The CDE Presentation Model

A website hosting a number a number of staff and student resources to support the development of oral communication

Activity time: Variable

Types of media: Webpage

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Referencing exercises

A set of four referencing exercises, complete with answers. Exercises cover:
1) Is a Reference Needed?
2) Where Should the Citations Go?
3) “I Didn’t Reference the Source Because…”
4) Referencing Errors.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document, Quiz

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Learning Agreement

This resource features introductory notes and sample template for a learning agreement and supports students to identify activities within their work which could demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes. The resource is designed to be used with part-time adult educators, graduate teaching assistants and those who support learning in HE to form a framework for the development of a portfolio for assessment.

Activity time: 45 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Developing an Action Plan for Independent Learning

Worksheet to support students to outline an structured action plan for their studies. This resource provides a template to encourage students to be effective independent learners, able to identify: what they want to learn; the best ways for them to learn what they want to learn; and how to demonstrate learning.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Work-based Learning Contracts

This resource provides customisable templates for learning contracts together with a commentary on their use in a community work and youth work context.

Activity time: 45 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Critical Reflection Forms

30 minutes

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Word Document, Quiz

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Observing Conversations

This resource offers a session plan, which aims to help students develop conversation styles and techniques, based on effective use of questioning styles and to appreciate the impact of body language. This activity is designed to be used in a workshop relating to listening and interpersonal skills, particularly relating to active listening, establishing and maintaining conversations and the impact of body language.

Activity time: 30 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet

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Questioning Styles

15 minutes

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet

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Listening Skills Audit

This short activity helps students assess their own listening skills. The audit can be completed either online or on paper

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Interactive Learning Object, Quiz

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Focusing on the functions and qualities of writing using Wrasse

A classroom activity, designed to help students recognise the broad functions of academic writing

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Webpage

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What’s the difference between description and critical analysis?

What's the difference between description and critical analysis?

Activity time: 5 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Visual Learning website

A website hosting a number a number of staff and student resources to support the development of visual learning

Activity time: Variable

Types of media: Webpage

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Oral Communication website

A website hosting a number a number of staff and student resources to support the development of oral communication

Activity time: Variable

Types of media: Webpage

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Academic writing for reports

A group editorial activity aimed at highlighting examples of bad practice in academic writing. Presents the opportunty to make selective changes in order to develop academic writing skills.

Activity time: 25 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s

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Organise your report

A classroom activity in which the participant must rearrange a jumbled list of report sections. Includes two list examples.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Webpage

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Identify the sections of a report

A classroom activity which helps to develop understanding of the reasons why reports are organised as they are. Further to this, it highlights the differing writing styles appropriate for each section.

Activity time: 25 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage

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Identify the audience and purpose

A classroom activity showing the importance of tailoring writing for a specific audience. Downloads can be adapted to be subject specific.

Activity time: 17 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Academic writing with free writing

Workshop activities on academic writing, including a powerpoint download outlining activities.

Activity time: Activities range from 1-10 minutes.

Types of media: PowerPoint File

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Getting started with writing

This resource includes ideas for initiating discussions about writing with students, and facilitates the opportunity to begin writing assignments during the activity.

Activity time: Varies

Types of media: Slides, PowerPoint File

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Draw to Learn

A workshop designed to show how drawing and visually representing objects or themes can help to support learning and increase creativity. Includes links to the theory behind creative/visual practices.

Activity time: 2-3 hours workshop, plus extra curricular feedback time.

Types of media:

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Reviewing your notes

A series of suggestion on how to engage students in effective notemaking at appropriate times.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Brainstorming notetaking

A short description of an end of teaching period activity which encourages students to take notes.

Activity time: 5-15 Minutes

Types of media: Helpsheet

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Making Group-work Work

An online video resource following a group of students through their group work project. It features ten episodes, each of which includes reflection and discussion points, and links to further information and activities. It can be used as part of a tutor-led session, or for students' independent learning.

Activity time: 2 Hours

Types of media: Interactive Learning Object, Flash Resource

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Group organisation

A classroom exercise in group organisation. Students are asked to create a template agenda for use in their project meetings.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Word Document

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Team rules exercise

An activity to get students thinking about what group rules they might want to set for the project groups.

Activity time: 25 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage

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Assignment Paraphrase

Based on the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) approach, this resource prompts students to consider the assignment question and discuss the ways in which they would answer it prior to beginning writing. A full understanding of the assignment title or question is crucial to obtain the best possible mark.

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Word Document

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The Three Liner

This resource provides an activity which aims to ensure students stay focused on the essay question. Students answer the essay question with a one-word answer, and then expand on this forming a basis for each paragraph, and so on.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Dealing with distractions

This is a resource includes tips and an idea for a peer-group activity which aims to help students find solutions for any work distractions.

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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Getting yourself informed

This is a resource includes tips and an idea for an activity which encourages independent learning through effective time management and organisational skills.

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Breaking bad habits: what do you need to change?

This is a resource includes tips and an idea for a peer-group activity aimed at sharing strategies to combat poor time management.

Activity time: 20 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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