Readiness for Academic Study Course

Introduction

Find out about the course and introduce yourself here

Week 1 – Readiness for Academic Study

Activities/Tasks
Hello and welcome to the first week of the course.
Throughout this course there will be a range of tasks and activities for you to engage with and complete. These will range from watching videos to contributing to discussions within chatrooms and forums. We would like to stress at this point that there are no right or wrong answers within this discussions. Academic writing is all about presenting your own views and opinions while supporting them with theory and reading. This is what we are hoping that this course will start to support you in doing.
If you have any questions throughout this course the please do not hesitate to contact either myself (Ian – i.wilson@yorksj.ac.uk) or Clare (c.mccluskey-dean@yorksj.ac.uk)
Let’s get started and please – enjoy!

Overview of the Week:

On Wednesday afternoon we will me in the online chatroom on this website to help with any questions.
On Friday at 14:00 we will be having an online webinar to discuss various aspects of the topics within this first week. You don’t have to use a webcam and mic to join but it would be great if as many people as possible attend. I will be giving out the link to join in the online chat on this webpage nearer to the time.

Activities/Tasks:

1) First we would like you to complete this simple questionnaire – https://yorksj.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8CbQpnRtPn8dx6B
2) Within the discussion forum, post one aspect of education which really interests you telling everyone why this interests you and reply to two other people’s post saying what you think about their chosen aspect of education.
3) Go to https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/ils/searchsuccess/infotypes/ and read about the different types of information which you might encounter within your academic study – including looking at the information types specific to Education. We will be discussing these in Friday’s webinar.
4) Watch this video – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/magazine-40936719/gender-specific-toys-do-you-stereotype-children and answer the following questions in the discussion forum provided.
a. What do you think about this topic and how do you think this relates to working in the classroom
b. How reliable do you think this information is? – we will discuss this further in Friday’s webinar.


Week 2 – Readiness for Academic Study

Activities/Tasks

Hello and welcome to the second week of the course. Remember you can keep up to date with the course by looking at the ‘Keep up to date’ post within the forum.

Would you prefer a webinar or a chat in the chat room on Friday when we bring the week’s activities together (https://wilsonwaffling.co.uk/wafflingroom/)? Please let us know by responding to the post in the forum.

This week we are going to be looking at the evaluation of sources and where to use these within your assignment. We are also going to start having a go at Harvard Referencing, something which you might or might not be familiar with.

If you have any questions throughout this course the please do not hesitate to contact either myself Ian (i.wilson@yorksj.ac.uk) or Clare (c.mccluskey-dean@yorksj.ac.uk)

Let’s get started and please – enjoy!

One of the biggest societies at YSJ is the Primary Ed Society – make sure you set yourself up a Twitter account give them a follow ( https://twitter.com/ysjprimaryedsoc)

More information here – https://ysjsu.com/activities/primaryeducationsociety

Overview of the Week

On Wednesday afternoon we will be in the online chat room on this website to help with any questions.

On Friday at 14:00 we will be having an online webinar/chat to discuss various aspects of the topics within this first week. You don’t have to use a webcam and mic to join but it would be great if as many people as possible attend. I will be giving out the link to join in the online chat on this webpage nearer to the time.

Activities/Tasks:

1) Reply to the forum post relating to the time and form you would like the synchronous learning to be at the end of the week. – https://wilsonwaffling.co.uk/forums/topic/fridays-get-together/

2) Read the following webpages, including watching the video, about the evaluation of information. You might want to download and save the documents for when you start your course. https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/ils/searchsuccess/evaluate/

We are going to do some work on Academies.

3) Within the forum titled ‘Your views about academies’ post what your thoughts are about them. Try not to become personal – e.g. I went to one and it was great! or It was miles better than my last school. Look at them from an educational point of view and include both positives and negatives. Read to other people’s posts and reply to any which interest you.

4) Read the following articles;

From the Guardian website – https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/aug/14/uk-education-is-eroded-by-the-ebacc-academies-and-tuition-fees

From the BBC News website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-13274090

From a PDF – http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/cp325.pdf

From Durham University – http://dro.dur.ac.uk/12119/1/12119.pdf

5) Consider these articles and decide which you would use within an assignment. More specifically which would you use for;

a) Just for general background reading

b) To support your discussion in the introduction/conclusion of an assignment

c) To support a main discussion point within an assignment.

Is there anything within these articles which would support your initial post? These will be discussed in the Friday’s webinar/chat.

6) Read and download the Harvard Referencing document from here – https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/ils/searchsuccess/understandingref/

Remember – if you have any questions then please just send us an email.


Week 3 – Readiness for Academic Study

Activities/Tasks

Hello and welcome to the third week of the course. Remember you can keep up to date with the course by looking at the ‘Keep up to date’ post within the forum.

You are coming close the finishing your first week at university now, but we have just a few more aspects of the course to finish.

This week we are going to be looking at searching and the tools and techniques we can use to effectively and efficiently search for information. We are also going to be discussing people’s views and opinions on school uniform – how far should schools go?

If you have any questions throughout this course the please do not hesitate to contact either myself Ian (i.wilson@yorksj.ac.uk) or Clare (c.mccluskey-dean@yorksj.ac.uk)

Let’s get started and please – enjoy!

One of the biggest societies at YSJ is the Primary Ed Society – make sure you set yourself up a Twitter account give them a follow ( https://twitter.com/ysjprimaryedsoc)

More information here – https://ysjsu.com/activities/primaryeducationsociety

Activities/Tasks:

1) Have a look at the information on the ILS website referring to ‘searching’;

Searching tools – https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/ils/searchsuccess/searchtools/

Hints and Tips for Searching – https://www.yorksj.ac.uk/ils/searchsuccess/searchtips/

2) I have published some research in an educational journal – can you find out what this was about using your ‘searching’ skills?

3) There has been a number of articles in the news recently about the wearing of uniform and the gender neutrality of uniform. One secondary school has turned children away because they do not have the right colour ‘shade of grey’ for their trousers. Have a read of the article (don’t forget to evaluate it!). What are you views and opinions about the wearing of uniform within primary schools? Consider both the advantages and disadvantages? Respond to at leas one other person’s post.

Remember – if you have any questions then please just send us an email.


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