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Background, briefings and evaluation reports

This page contains links to background papers, briefings and evaluation reports relating to Independent Learning and Self-Directed Study.

Literature Review

Background paper on the definition of independent learning as presented in the literature.

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Online Study Skills evaluation

A report on students' perceptions of a study skills unit delivered as part of a first year Nursing programme at the University of Manchester.

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Induction Handbook

The rationale for developing an induction handbook is given in this report alongside an exemplar developed for a group of students at the University of Manchester. A customisable template is available in our resources section.

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Language Centre Learning Guide

Background paper on the development of an online Learning Guide for independent language learning.

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Academic Phrasebank

This article discusses the rationale behind the development of the Academic Phrasebank, an online resource for enhancing academic writing.

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The Academic Phrasebank can be accessed at: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/


Motivating the Autonomous Learner

This article reflects on motivation and reward in the context of independent language learning.

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Significant Chocolate Summary

Summary of workshop responses to a discussion of the tensions between autonomy and reward systems using metaphors based on chocolate bars.

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Counselling Research Group Evaluation

Poster and PowerPoint presentation showing feedback obtained in an evaluation of a student-directed research group for a practitioner research programme.

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Study Skills Website Evaluation

Report of a focus group survey conducted to evaulate student use of the Faculty of Humanities Study Skills website at the University of Manchester in preparation for re-design following the university's review of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning.

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GLOs for encouraging independent learning

A short summary of a project to evaluate the use of GLOs for encouraging independent learning for undergraduate students.

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Evaluation of the impact of postgraduate research skills training

A website and video resource outlining a project to evaluate the impact of research skills training for students studying in the Faculty of Engineering and Physcial Sciences at the University of Manchester.  Details of the results of this evaluation can be viewed via the video resource in the bottom section of this weblink.

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Engaging the local community in developing self-directed learning practices for first year undergraduate students

Abstract and PowerPoint presentation of this paper delivered at the 23rd International Conference on the First Year Experience in June 2010.  The resource pack referred to in this paper is available in the resources section of this website.

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