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Students review university skills site

Students review university skills site
Mrs Heppell and Ms Dimmock from the University of Northampton.
Thursday 6th February 2014 by C. Freeman

Students from Brooke Weston have been invited to evaluate an online service developed by the University of Northampton to help students and community users with their study skills. The Skills Hub has been running from September and the university is now seeking feedback so they can refine the content and make it more user-friendly and appealing to a greater variety of audiences.

A group of Sixth Formers and staff from Brooke Weston will road-test the site and submit their comments and ideas. The University is funding a professional film-maker to make content for the site and the refinements will probably be implemented for the start of next academic year. The scheme was launched at Brooke Weston by Georgina Dimmock, the head of academic liaison and academic librarian Charlotte Heppell.

Ms Dimmock said: ‘The Skills Hub is a collection of online videos, tutorials and guides on skills including referencing, critical thinking, how to do presentations and what academic writing is. The website content is primarily for our students but it is equally applicable to others in the community such as students and researchers.

‘We want to work with Brooke Weston students and staff to review the content and gauge their opinions. Then we will redesign and redevelop the Skills Hub taking on board their comments to make it more relevant to a greater number of audiences. Having the input from students means that the content will be more useable, relevant and targeted. In addition to the Brooke Weston students we are also seeking the opinion of some of our undergraduates and international students so that we have a spread of views.’

Mrs Heppell added: ‘The Skills Hub is relevant to schools and university and is a way of bridging the skills gap and giving students the skills and terminology that they will need, both now and when they study at university.’

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