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The additional resources are dynamic - they will evolve and grow. In many cases, the additional resources are interactive activities that are classified under the three LearnHigher areas. By selecting a resource the user is taken into the respective websites for the LearnHigher areas of:

Listening and Interpersonal Skills - developed by the University of Leeds
Group Work - developed by Bradford University
Oral Presentations - developed by Brunel University

The additional resources option is available from the second screen of each episode. This option provides a list of activities and exercises relevant to the episode.

Episode 1 - The first meeting

Spot the fake smile This light hearted activity from the BBC provides a ‘test’ that comprises 20 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Establishing Ground Rules It is recommended that early on group members negotiate and agree rules by which they will work. This list of prompt questions might be useful in deciding on your group’s ground rules.

Episode 2 - Getting started

BBC News listening activities How good a listener are you? This activity from the BBC provides a range of topical news items for you to listen to. Each audio clip has an accompanying quiz that tests your listening skills.
BBC Words listening activities This activity from the BBC specifically tests your listening ability when deciphering information. There are a couple of activities to try; the first tests your ability to remember specific information and the second looks at different ways of listening.

Episode 3 - What is our approach?

Listening habits Discussing the approach to a project involves communication skills; to be an effective communicator you need to be able to listen. Use this simple activity to help you assess your listening habits; do you listen effectively, do you interrupt, are you easily distracted - this activity will help you to find out.
Questioning types Asking questions is one of the most effective ways of encouraging the person you are interacting with to take part in discussions. Can you identify different types of questions? These simple activities will help you to develop the skills.

Episode 4 - Managing conflict

Listening habits Conflict can often be avoided by effective communication; to be a good communicator you need to be able to listen. Use this simple activity to help you assess your listening habits; do you listen effectively, do you interrupt, are you easily distracted - this activity will help you to find out.
Reading the signs Being able to read body language can help to prevent conflict. A person's body language often contradicts their spoken word; by reading the signs you can deal with the issues and prevent the situation deteriorating.

Episode 5 - Meeting the tutor

BBC News listening activities How good a listener are you? This activity from the BBC provides a range of topical news items for you to listen to. Each audio clip has an accompanying quiz that tests your listening skills.
BBC Words listening activities This activity from the BBC specifically tests your listening ability when deciphering information. There are a couple of activities to try; the first tests your ability to remember specific information and the second looks at different ways of listening.
Questioning skills This activity is designed to help you identify both open and closed questions whilst considering the type of response the question is likely to give.
Questioning types Appropriate questioning helps to establish a conversation, move it forward and bring it to a timely conclusion. This activity introduces a number of different questioning techniques.

Episode 6 - Shaping the presentation

Presentation techniques:

Identifying the Purpose This web page offers guidance, video and audio examples, and discussion points to help you to develop and evaluate your presentation skills, focusing particularly on identifying the purpose.
Considering your Audience This web page offers guidance, video examples and discussion points to help you to develop and evaluate your presentation skills, focusing particularly on considering your audience.
Selecting the Content This web page offers guidance, video examples and discussion points to help you to develop and evaluate your presentation skills, focusing particularly on selecting the content.
Organising your Structure This web page offers guidance, video examples and discussion points to help you to develop and evaluate your presentation skills, focusing particularly on organising your structure.
Designing visual aids This web page offers guidance, video examples, sample visual aids and discussion points to help you to develop and evaluate your presentation skills, focusing particularly on visual aids
Incorporating Role Play in Presentations Role plays can be used effectively to engage the audience and convey complex ideas. Here are some suggestions for designing and presenting role plays, avoiding possible pitfalls.
What makes an Effective PowerPoint presentation? This example of a PowerPoint presentation highlights common pitfalls and techniques for making the most of PowerPoint (click on the link ‘example of a PowerPoint presentation’).
Getting Started with PowerPoint If you are fairly new to using PowerPoint this guide will help you get started with designing your slides.

Listening and questioning skills:

BBC News listening activities How good a listener are you? This activity from the BBC provides a range of topical news items for you to listen to. Each audio clip has an accompanying quiz that tests your listening skills.
BBC Words listening activities This activity from the BBC specifically tests your listening ability when deciphering information. There are a couple of activities to try; the first tests your ability to remember specific information and the second looks at different ways of listening.
Questioning skills This activity is designed to help you identify both open and closed questions whilst considering the type of response the question is likely to give.
Questioning types Appropriate questioning helps to establish a conversation, move it forward and bring it to a timely conclusion. This activity introduces a number of different questioning techniques.

Body language:

Spot the fake smile This light hearted activity from the BBC provides a ‘test’ that comprises 20 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Non-verbal communication Body language, facial expressions and gestures provide a host of information about the way someone is feeling, their mood and their reaction to a situation. This activity provides the opportunity to observe a conversation without sound.

Episode 7 - Participation and sub-groups

To be added...

Episode 8 - Assessing group work

Assessing Oral Presentations This template gives assessment criteria and pointer questions to highlight what is expected from an oral presentation. Use it to assess your own and other’s presentations and to give effective feedback.

Episode 9 - Support and Feedback

Rehearsing your Presentation This web page offers guidance, video examples and discussion points to help you to develop and evaluate your presentation skills, focusing particularly on getting the rehearsal right.
Delivering your Presentation This web page offers guidance, video examples and discussion points to help you to develop and evaluate your presentation skills, focusing particularly on actually delivering the presentation!
BBC News listening activities How good a listener are you? This activity from the BBC provides a range of topical news items for you to listen to. Each audio clip has an accompanying quiz that tests your listening skills.
BBC Words listening activities This activity from the BBC specifically tests your listening ability when deciphering information. There are a couple of activities to try; the first tests your ability to remember specific information and the second looks at different ways of listening.
Questioning skills This activity is designed to help you identify both open and closed questions whilst considering the type of response the question is likely to give.
Questioning types Appropriate questioning helps to establish a conversation, move it forward and bring it to a timely conclusion. This activity introduces a number of different questioning techniques.

Episode 10 - Evaluating the experience

Evaluating your Performance This web page offers guidance, video examples and discussion points to help you to develop and practice your evaluation techniques.