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From the web to writing: the role of collaboration in providing first year university students with the skills to succeed

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Abstract


  • In contemporary university environments not only have student populations become more diverse, but also institutions have embraced technological advances to create new facets to the teaching and learning process. The challenges offered by virtual learning as well as the impact of email and e-learning remain largely under-researched both broadly and in relation to first year transition. First year students are now expected to not only acquire the implicit academic discourse in a timely fashion but also master the computing skills so central to contemporary university delivery. Skills central to effective and efficient academic research and writing are often perceived in an atomized and disparate way. The information skills program outlined in this paper seeks to forge connections between the processes involved in locating information and producing essays. Utilising the requisite knowledge of staff from two areas, the objective is to highlight to students how skills required to obtain information in an often virtual environment can further inform assignment preparation. In this way the role of information literacy is negotiated as intrinsic to the essay writing process as opposed to something that is seen as external. The program has been developed in consultation with academic staff to ensure that relevant research topics are demonstrated. The paper will highlight facets of the workshop and explain the reasoning behind its construction and ongoing enhancement, as well as provide justification of the need for such programs within university environments in the light of increasing diverse student populations.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • O''Shea, S. Elizabeth. & Mundy-Taylor, J. (2007). From the web to writing: the role of collaboration in providing first year university students with the skills to succeed. From the web to writing: the role of collaboration in providing first year university students with the skills to succeed (pp. 1-10). Sydney: UWS.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2083&context=edupapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/768

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  • 1

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  • 10

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  • http://www.aair.org.au/app/webroot/media/pdf/AAIR%20Fora/Forum2007/Shea.pdf

Abstract


  • In contemporary university environments not only have student populations become more diverse, but also institutions have embraced technological advances to create new facets to the teaching and learning process. The challenges offered by virtual learning as well as the impact of email and e-learning remain largely under-researched both broadly and in relation to first year transition. First year students are now expected to not only acquire the implicit academic discourse in a timely fashion but also master the computing skills so central to contemporary university delivery. Skills central to effective and efficient academic research and writing are often perceived in an atomized and disparate way. The information skills program outlined in this paper seeks to forge connections between the processes involved in locating information and producing essays. Utilising the requisite knowledge of staff from two areas, the objective is to highlight to students how skills required to obtain information in an often virtual environment can further inform assignment preparation. In this way the role of information literacy is negotiated as intrinsic to the essay writing process as opposed to something that is seen as external. The program has been developed in consultation with academic staff to ensure that relevant research topics are demonstrated. The paper will highlight facets of the workshop and explain the reasoning behind its construction and ongoing enhancement, as well as provide justification of the need for such programs within university environments in the light of increasing diverse student populations.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • O''Shea, S. Elizabeth. & Mundy-Taylor, J. (2007). From the web to writing: the role of collaboration in providing first year university students with the skills to succeed. From the web to writing: the role of collaboration in providing first year university students with the skills to succeed (pp. 1-10). Sydney: UWS.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2083&context=edupapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/768

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 10

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.aair.org.au/app/webroot/media/pdf/AAIR%20Fora/Forum2007/Shea.pdf