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Facing the future: the changing shape of academic skills support at Bournemouth university

Facing the future: the changing shape of academic skills support at Bournemouth university
Facing the future: the changing shape of academic skills support at Bournemouth university
This paper explores the potential impact of changes to higher education in England on student expectations, engagement, lifestyles and diversity, and outlines implications for the development of digital literacy within academic skills support at Bournemouth University (BU). We will investigate how tackling resource constraints with organisational change can also enable efficient, centralised provision of support materials that utilise networks to overcome the risk of fragmented support for digital literacy. We will also look at how changing delivery modes for support can accommodate changing student lifestyles whilst tackling a weakness of centralised support for digital literacy: that it can become detached from the student's subject-focused academic practice. Finally we will explore how involving students in developing support can help us to face changes to student expectations and engagement whilst ensuring that materials are authentic and speak to learners in their own voice.
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1759-667X
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Ford, Neil
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Bowden, Melissa
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Bowden, Melissa
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Ford, Neil and Bowden, Melissa (2013) Facing the future: the changing shape of academic skills support at Bournemouth university. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (5), 1 - 11.

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This paper explores the potential impact of changes to higher education in England on student expectations, engagement, lifestyles and diversity, and outlines implications for the development of digital literacy within academic skills support at Bournemouth University (BU). We will investigate how tackling resource constraints with organisational change can also enable efficient, centralised provision of support materials that utilise networks to overcome the risk of fragmented support for digital literacy. We will also look at how changing delivery modes for support can accommodate changing student lifestyles whilst tackling a weakness of centralised support for digital literacy: that it can become detached from the student's subject-focused academic practice. Finally we will explore how involving students in developing support can help us to face changes to student expectations and engagement whilst ensuring that materials are authentic and speak to learners in their own voice.

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Published date: 1 March 2013
Keywords: digital literacy social media organisational change higher education learning support academic skills

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Local EPrints ID: 416490
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416490
ISSN: 1759-667X
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Date deposited: 20 Dec 2017 17:30
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 19:05

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Author: Neil Ford
Author: Melissa Bowden

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