Research Skills

The following resources are designed to help you assess and develop your students’ research skills skills.

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Creative Learning Activity Cards

Creative Learning Activity Cards are an interactive teaching and learning resource for students of creative subjects at Foundation, BA or MA level to help scaffold student academic skills. This evidence-based resource consists of 50 activity cards divided into five sections of ten cards on: • Planning• Research• Thinking• Writing• Wild Card (includes tips for overcoming writer’s block, anxiety and procrastination, and building motivation) The cards can be used as materials in both online and face-to-face facilitated seminars or workshops, as the basis for teaching in lectures or as an independent study resource for students.To print you can use PowerPoint option of choosing number of slides per page, e.g. 4 slides per A4 and cut them out. You could also choose single page and print the desired ones to full A4 so they can be used as A4 handouts. Another option could be using photo paper, e.g. 10x15cm and print them individually (select 'fill whole page' option via printer setting).

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Types of media: Worksheet, Slides, PowerPoint File, Interactive Learning Object

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Videos to develop dissertation writing

Discuss the requirements of each dissertation chapterApply the advice to your own dissertation

Activity time: Videos from 13-22 minutes each, but further time needed to complete activities

Types of media: PowerPoint File, Video

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Source Top Trumps

• Identify good academic sources
• Describe pros and cons of different reading materials
• Create improved reference lists / in-text citations

Activity time: 15 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Interactive Learning Object

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Evaluating a source

To be able to critically evaluate sources.

Activity time: 10 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet

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