Strand: Supporting students; The technology enhanced course
Anticipated outcomes: Participants will be better informed about student perceptions, expectations and approach to using reading lists. They will be aware of best practice approaches and use of technology to help develop reading lists into dynamic resource lists.
Session outline (or abstract): max 300 words
Reading lists are an integral part of most course modules, described as being “at the heart of the academic experience,” (Swain, 2006, p18) and “one of the most important resources for any course of study in UK HE”, (Secker, 2005, p41).This session explores student perceptions and expectations around reading lists, presenting findings from SHU student focus groups on reading lists, and a literature review on student engagement with reading lists.
- whether student reading list usage is “means-end instrumentalism” focussing on a “minimalist approach to use of a limited number of sources”, (Stokes & Martin, 2008, p 124)
- “futility of multiple copy provision” (Chelin, 2005 p 49) set against “UK students’ reluctance to buy books” (Swain, 2006, p19)
- how reading lists can “spoon-feed” or encourage information skills/student autonomy (Stokes and Martin, 2008)
- the need for “decoding” of reading lists to provide better signposting to students, (Carroll, 2002)
The session also explores the potential impact of Resource Lists Online (RLO), including an enhancement of the student experience of reading lists and how RLO encourages the use of a mixture of resources to develop a reading list into a resource list. Best practice recommendations for resource lists at SHU are outlined.
Session activity: “The good, the bad and the ugly”. Short five minute activity asking participants to consider two different resource lists from a student’s perspective, identifying elements which can help engage students with their reading.
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STOKES, P. and MARTIN, M. (2008) Reading lists: a study of tutor and student perceptions, expectations and realities. Studies in Higher Education, 33(2), 113-125.
SWAIN, H. (2006) Makeovers for the guides to essential reading. [online] Times Higher Education, 26 January. Last accessed 1st March 2013 at: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/
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