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Academic Skills Development Team

Academic Skills Development Team

Working in partnership between the Academic Skills Development Team and academic colleagues to provide support for education with academic literacies and study skills

The Academic Skills Team work within the Library to support the development of academic skills that students require throughout their courses and for a wide range of assessment types. Therefore, as well as academic skills such as critical analysis and developing academic literacies, we can also support students with the development of skills required for the digital creation of resources.

Our aim is to develop and deliver interactive student-centred resources which are easily accessible through a wide range of mediums, from delivering embedded workshops, contributing to the Library’s Your Skills programme and running drop in slots, to designing short courses around video pitches and infographic posters.

Our offer includes non-synchronous learning resources such as short interactive courses, interactive quizzes and multimedia resources focusing on academic skills and the creation of digital resources. These can be embedded into Canvas or used as part of your module delivery. We can also liaise with you to create embedded content and to deliver teaching to support this, ensuring a bespoke learning experience for students taking into account the module and level of study.

Academic Skills Resources and Teaching

In collaboration with academic staff, we have developed a range of interactive resources which can be used to support the development of various academic skills. These resources can be embedded within Canvas and we are able to develop and adapt them to the needs of your students and the subject discipline. For example: 

  • an interactive quiz on understanding and avoiding plagiarism for the School of Engineering
  • a short course on creating and delivering video pitches for a Stage 3 course in the Business School 

The Academic Skills Team are also able to offer workshops, lectures or modules of Canvas content tailored to the needs of your students. 

As a team, we are here to support you and your students and welcome new ideas for resources that would be valuable for your module, course or School, as well as embedded teaching we could offer.

We have also developed multimedia resources supporting a range of academic skills, for example, an interactive motion graphic resource on practical approaches to paraphrasing and videos providing guidance on the process of writing. 

Resources are provided directly to students as content on the Academic Skills Kit and can be built on or adapted to develop resources to be embedded in your Canvas courses. 

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Student drop-in slots

We offer weekly drop-ins for students in order to help them address any quick queries they may have about academic skills, academic writing and research. These are offered in person in the Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms with no prior booking required:

  • Tuesday, 14:00-16:00
  • Thursday, 10:00-12:00

Students can also book an online slot if they prefer.

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Your Skills programme

As well as working with academics across all the faculties at Newcastle to deliver embedded sessions, we also jointly create and run sessions as part of the Your Skills programme. This co-taught approach gives a holistic and wide-ranging series of workshops and resources.

Designed to stretch and challenge as well as support, these sessions cover academic assessment from planning to feedback; including workshops focused on the skills needed to progress between different levels of study.

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