• Can Amazon.com reviews help to assess the wider impacts of books?

      Kousha, Kayvan; Thelwall, Mike; Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group; School of Mathematics and Computer Science; University of Wolverhampton; Wulfruna Street Wolverhampton WV1 1LY United Kingdom; Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group; School of Mathematics and Computer Science; University of Wolverhampton; Wulfruna Street Wolverhampton WV1 1LY United Kingdom (2016-03)
    • Pedagogy for Inclusion?

      Rozsahegyi, Tunde; Lambert, Mike (Routledge, 2016)
      Education systems which aspire to respect and address equally and inclusively the developmental, educational and social ambitions of all learners require strengthened understanding of the notion of ‘pedagogy’. This chapter explores this concept: What does pedagogy mean? What does it entail? In particular in relation to the focus of this book: What is the relevance of pedagogy to potentially disadvantaged groups within values, policy and practice for all learners? Issues considered are whether there can be ‘pedagogy for inclusion’ and if so, what kind of conflicts and questions this needs to address. In examining these issues, the chapter invites readers’ engagement in pedagogical discourse, a process which has the potential to inform educators’ thinking and activity and thereby strengthen learning for all learners
    • HEA Patchwork assessment case study

      Lawton, Megan (Higher Education Academy, 2016)
    • Student perceptions of the value of Turnitin text-matching software as a learning tool

      Bailey, Carol; Challen, Rachel (University of Cumbria, 2015)
      The University of Wolverhampton has been using Turnitin as a teaching aid with groups of students since 2007, but in 2011 changed its policy to encourage student access on a formative basis across the institution. In one School, 748 students undertaking final year undergraduate projects were invited to check multiple drafts via Turnitin before the final deadline. Use of the software was monitored, and students were invited to express their views on its value as a learning tool. Uptake was substantially higher where Turnitin was introduced within a module than through extra-curricular workshops. The number of draft resubmissions was greater than that reported in other studies. Most participants thought that despite certain limitations Turnitin was helpful in learning about appropriate source use, and wished it had been introduced earlier in their degree course. Given that the participants were in their sixth undergraduate semester, a surprisingly high number expressed anxiety regarding the risk of unintentional plagiarism.
    • The benefits of giving: learning in the fourth age and the role of volunteer learning mentors

      Hafford-Letchfield, Trish; Lavender, Peter (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
    • Negotiating writing: challenges of the first written assignment at a UK university

      Bailey, Carol (Abingdon: Routledge (a Taylor & Francis imprint), 2012)
    • Students and mobile devices

      Traxler, John (Routledge, 2010)
      Many educators advocate, promote and encourage the dreams of agency, control, ownership and choice amongst students whilst educational institutions take the responsibility for provision, equity, access, participation and standards. The institutions traditionally procure, provide and control the technology for learning but now students are acquiring their own personal technologies for learning and institutions are challenged to keep pace. These allow students to produce, store, transmit and consume information, images and ideas; this potentially realises the educators’ dream but for institutions is potentially a nightmare, one of loss of control and loss of the quality, consistency, uniformity and stability that delivered the dreams of equity, access and participation. This paper traces the conflicting dreams and responsibilities.
    • MobilED : a tool by any other name

      Botha, Adele; Traxler, John; Ford, Merryl (2008)
      Designing, implementing and evaluating educational technology for a developmental project in mobile learning is largely unchartered territory. This paper reflects on the process, the role-players, their contributions and the framework that was adopted to co-ordinate and focus the team's efforts in the design of the initial prototype of a Information Gathering and Lesson Tool (IGLOO) as part of the MobilED suite. MobilED is an international collaborative project aimed at creating meaningful learning environments using mobile phone technologies and services. The paper expands on the use of the activity theory to guide the design of a learning environment and the incorporating of a tool dimension (socialtechnological dimension) in an effort to knit the technology perspective to the pedagogical aims. The usability, usefulness, formation of virtual learning spaces and communities are explored and contextualize by the results found using this framework.
    • Finding a new voice: challenges facing international (and home!) students writing university assignments in the UK.

      Bailey, Carol; Pieterick, Jackie (University of Wolverhampton, 2008)
      With the globalisation of education, European universities are accepting increasing numbers of students from outside the EU. Some of these have experienced very different academic cultures from that of their host university, and may face difficulties in adapting to the requirements of their new institution. Even within Europe, academic cultures may vary enormously. One challenge which faces all those studying outside their home country is the task of writing academic essays: often in a foreign language and according to unfamiliar criteria. This paper draws on students’ reflections about the academic writing process in their first year at a UK university, exploring areas where the transition from their previous learning environment presents a challenge. It compares the previous experience of home and international students with respect to length and frequency of written assignments, research and organisation of ideas, language and referencing of sources. What is the best way to support them through the transition, and are we doing enough?
    • Using a virtual learning environment to develop academic writing with first year dance students: facing the challenge of writing through digital images.

      Andrews, Ben; Thoms, Victoria (Routledge (Taylor & Francis), 2008)
      This paper discusses research into the facilitation of academic writing for first year dance students using images, emails and the forum of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Taking place over several weeks in the early part of the academic year and within a core module entitled Personal and Professional Development in the single honours Dance Practice and Performance degree, students were asked to contribute to a series of formative tasks implemented through the University of Wolverhampton‘s VLE entitled ‘Wolverhampton Online Learning Framework’ (WOLF). Employing an Action Research methodology and working with both Academic Literacies theorising and research into VLEs in literacy learning, early results indicate that writing in a less formal collaborative space provides an important preliminary setting for introducing formal academic writing.
    • To investigate and then develop an ICT innovation to support students who are dyslexic when applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), thus enabling them to be more independent

      Norton, Liz (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      This project is in response to research carried out in 2007 with students who are dyslexic. This research investigated the barriers experienced by students in higher education who are dyslexic when accessing the Disabled Students’ Allowance. Reference is made to their comments throughout the text. The research identified one of the areas that they find difficult. This was the form they need to use to apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. The innovation has been designed to support this difficulty. An important thread running through the whole of this project is to help the student who is dyslexic to be in control, to feel valued and so to improve confidence and self-esteem.
    • Developing student engagement with and reflection on feedback through the tutorial system

      Cramp, Andy (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      Specialist and Joint awards in the School of Education recruit 180-200 new full time students each year. Given the importance of the year 1 experience to student well being and success, we are constantly developing responses to the following questions: 1. What are the most effective ways to support students to level 1 success? 2. How can we best prepare students for progress within level 2 and 3 modules? 3. How can we ensure that points 1 and 2 above take place without significantly increasing the workload of colleagues? Answers to the above questions must be contextualised by the circumstances under which lecturers and students work and study together.
    • What are the factors which contribute to level one social work students failing to progress or achieving low grades?

      Lees, Kate (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      This study is a preliminary review of the possible reasons for low achievement among some level one social work undergraduates. These may be viewed as challenges to the individual, attempting to study in a particular social context, or as challenges to the institution in raising achievement and accommodating differing needs. Much of the literature is concerned with the experiences of students from particular social groups. In some studies, these concerns are integrated with the identification of individual strategies for success and/or institutional practices which foster or inhibit achievement.
    • JAFA: Java Formative Assessment – Development of a formative assessment tool to support learning of introductory computer programming

      Buckley, Kevan; Green, Matthew (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      This project contributes to the long term goal of improving the Learning and Teaching of Computer Programming. This is a core topic in The School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) that the majority of students must study, but historically pass rates of around 60% at first attempt have been common. This has an obvious impact on progression and retention. The work follows on from a successful project which concentrated on the assessment of Numeracy, Mathematics and Statistics (Thelwall, 1998), the resulting product of which has been used extensively in the School, but has now reached retirement only because of technical reasons. The primary focus of this stage of the project is to develop a formative assessment tool that is conceptually similar in some respects to the earlier system, but is specifically tailored to Programming and uses up to date technology to maximise effectiveness. The product will be tested with a large student cohort to ensure that it functions correctly and is fit for purpose, with the intention that a follow-on project will embed the resulting product in the curriculum. The outcomes will be twofold. Firstly, it will enable a move towards a learning style for which there is anecdotal evidence that indicates students like and overcomes issues related to the transition from their prior learning styles. Secondly, it will enable research into the behaviour of students learning to program, and will lead to enhanced provision of support for learners.
    • Volunteering for International students and implications for language development, cultural awareness and employability

      Finn, David; Green, Pat; Cameron, Andrew (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      The emphasis which is often placed on the academic-related goals of an international student can often overlook the broader aims and benefits which can accompany their stay in the new host environment. This paper attempts to bridge the theoretical gap between the work of Toyokawa and Toyokawa (2000), which focusses on international students without measuring more specific gains in areas such as language and cultural observation, and Kuh (1995), which focusses successfully on personal development benefits but which deals almost exclusively with home-based (largely white Caucasian) students. Through the use of reflective questionnaires and interviews, data will be gathered on the volunteering placements of a number of international students. Specific questions will be asked in the areas of language (for example, the acquisition of new vocabulary and slang), cultural awareness (for example, observations about the British workplace and labour market) and personal development (especially in relation to transferable skills). In this way, it is hoped that more fruitful conclusions can be reached regarding international learners' experiences in out-of-class activities - in this case volunteering - and the extent to which this type of placement can realise benefits to the learners in terms of language, culture and employability.
    • Podcasts: A Case Study of the use of Podcasting in Curriculum Delivery

      Spencer, Steve; Cooper, Steve (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      Over a number of years there have been research projects in the Higher Education Sector of the UK and elsewhere exploring the use of mobile computers - PDAs for curriculum materials, communication with students etc. A significant drawback with these undertakings was the high cost and limited ownership of PDAs among students – such that it was necessary to obtain funding that would enable research teams to provide students with a PDA - usually as a short-term loan, in order to facilitate the projects. Other issues of file size, formats and file compatibility continue to restrict the reach of these developments. With the launch of MP3 players and their appearance on campus in large numbers, an opportunity presented itself to revisit the use of audio files for curriculum delivery. Audio-visual materials have a long history of incorporation into course content and it is possible to find tape archives and video footage of lecturers who have experimented with these formats. It is clear, however, that there is at present a renewed interest and level of activity in the development and delivery of teaching materials through multimedia techniques.
    • Widening Participation: A Virtual Approach to F.E. Collaboration.

      McConville, Sally A. (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      The aim of the project is to devise a Wolverhampton On Line Learning Framework (WOLF) programme specifically designed for use by students undertaking nursing access courses at local colleges of Further Education. There are three main intended outcomes: 1) provide the students with a ‘taster’ of the realty of pre registration nurse training both theoretically and practically hoping that this will aid retention rates and increase the employability of the students on qualifying. 2) To create a smooth transition from studying as a student at further education level to higher education level. It is further hoped that the introduction to WOLF prior to commencement on pre-registration courses will improve students’ key skills in preparation for studying at higher education level and familiarise the students with WOLF as it is used quite extensively in pre-registration training. 3) To generate enthusiasm and interest in the pre-registration nurse training available at Wolverhampton University, with the assistance of Technology Supported Learning, to aid recruitment. The outcomes link with the School of Health Teaching and Learning Strategy (2001) where it states a mechanism should be provided for interactive information exchange and a resource should be provided for developing key skills in I.T.
    • Embedding information skills on student learning: providing the models

      Bastable, Wendy; Morris, Pamela (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      This Phase 3 (evaluation and embedding) project has been developed from a highly successful earlier project: Embedding information skills on student learning: making the difference (2006). The earlier project produced a programme of information literacy skills, based on SCONUL’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which was delivered to two modules of first year students from the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences (HLSS) in bite-sized presentations at the end of their lectures. Importantly, it found that: “an effective Information Literacy programme delivered at the very beginning of Undergraduate life can contribute significantly to students’ ability to find, use and record information and increase their confidence regarding academic performance.” Bastable and Morris (2006). Valued by students, it clearly had a part to play in the learning experience of first year undergraduates and potentially in Schools’ retention and employability strategies. This was the impetus for a Phase 3 project which would test the information literacy programme on a more diverse range of students and subjects within HLSS and provide models which would encourage further take-up within the School and other Schools in the University. Other important outcomes from the previous project also needed to be carried forward and tested in a wider context: “We as librarians have been able to assess our approaches to the design and delivery of a structured Information Literacy programme. We have had the opportunity to work collaboratively as a team of librarians with academic staff and, crucial to the embedding process, earn important space on first semester, first year modules. We now know that the bite-sized sessions of information skills which are dove-tailed into existing lectures are a successful way to deliver the programme.” Bastable and Morris (2006). It was this combination of the following three features in Phase 2 which distinguished it from any other work being conducted in the field of information literacy: the partnership between academics and librarians, a structured information literacy programme and delivery in bite-sized sessions. So, it was these three crucial areas which would be put to the test in this current project by the delivery to an extended range of students.
    • Students developing critical evaluation skills as part of peer and self assessment

      Mycroft, Lesley; Rogers-Harris, Clair (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      This CELT project is part of the University’s commitment to widening participation. The project team has considered undergraduate students’ engagement with the learning and assessment processes. The study is focussed on trainee teachers and their Level 2 studies. Tutors examine the teaching/learning approaches which best promote the development of reflective practice as part of teacher training and review the theoretical basis of one specific strategy – the introduction of peer partner review. The relevant literature centres on formative assessment in Higher Education and consideration of involving students in peer support and self-evaluation. Researchers in the field have questioned whether this involvement can enhance learning and develop better study performance.