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information and materials

which colleagues have recommended. This page contains notes, exercises, virtually ready-to-print or use, and interactive pages which have general appeal across all Programme Areas.


Tutor Hunt

It may well be the case that it's not so much material you're looking for but someone to teach a subject in the first place! This site seems to do a reasonable job of providing some basic information about people who may be available and in your locality. Of course, I suppose anyone can put themselves on this list so I would urge you to get some good references and be careful but it's a simple and ad-free site.


Engaging on-line learners

A presentation with useful links on this topic, based on the work of Rod Corbett, University Of Calgary, whose own original (part complete) presentation is also available below.

Games and simulations to promote interactivity on-line

A host of excellent links to mostly free items. There should be something there you can find a way to use!

Original 'engaging on-line learners' presentation

as referred to above to follow soon.

Make IT work for tutors!

A couple of new developments I've been working on: a staff ICT skills assessment that can be accessed on-line and provides feedback and a Scheme of work and Lesson Plan tool or template to make these key documents easier and smarter to produce. These are first drafts and suggestions welcome.


Definitions of IT terms

An extremely comprehensive searchable database of technical terms



Odd name. Great site for teachers. Don't miss it.

Learning Skills

Mt Royal College have recently updated their site but if you dig around there you'll find masses of useful resources, in specific subject areas as well as the general learning skills area in which they appear to specialise. Start at Worksheets and Handouts or the Help Desk. Great example of sharing resources from Calgary. Learning skills topics include:

Managing Time

Notetaking During Class

Studying Textbooks

Preparing for Tests

Taking Tests

Giving Effective Class Presentations

Working in Groups


More Learning Skills

The excellent bundle of study skills resources seems to have vanished but Exeter have replaced them with some useful collections, covering a wide range of topics, and have good resources on referencing, evaluating materials, finding things on the internet etc.


A Guide to Website Evaluation

The quality of information available on the Internet is extremely varied. Unlike most printed books and journals, the vast majority of websites are not subjected to any quality review process, and thus may contain misleading and inaccurate information. It is important, therefore, to develop effective techniques for evaluating the quality of any site consulted. net.Tutor, from Ohio University, guides you through this well.


IT Key Skills

This site supports an old ICT Key Skills course. It's pretty ancient now and I cringe at the design but the materials are still popular. The content of the main 4 sections has been designed to try and remind learners of some of the things they will have come across while using ICT in the past but may have forgotten about, or perhaps didn't know they knew. A lot of information here, but the best bits are in the Microsoft Office documents reached via the many links: materials that are designed for use on-line, others that can be printed as tests or exercises, some ready-made databases and smart presentation great for anyone wanting to explain what the Internet is all about.


The HE Academy

A good place to start, whatever you're looking for, especially for teaching and learning materials.



If you want to test knowledge of English then why not try these online activities, or download the worksheets? From the site's home page, you can also very quickly check how to spell that word you've never sure of!



English (US) or English (UK)

Comparison of English and American spelling Of course, Americans being what they are make exceptions to the rules: Glamour is not spelled glamour! (You may want to adjust your own PC's default spell-checking language after this).


Learning Technologies Resources

Not quite sure what to call this now. Strangely, the NLN Events Database also includes links to loads of resources. Search by subject area.


Make your own certificate!

Very simple and the end product won't win any design awards but this little file will enable you or your students to create and print a 'certificate' for the subject of your choice. The exercise can be useful as a time-filler or an illustration of using sheets and formulae in Excel. Or just for fun.


Get the picture!

No more ubiquitous Clipart for that poster or project. Encourage your students (and colleagues for that matter) to find some real images and work with them. Or you may just need to know where to find a picture of a red duck by a purple fountain. Now you do.


Spelling Ticklers

Odd name unlikely to lend itself to top listing in a search for simple literacy exercises. It does provide, though, some 40 or so reassuringly straightforward and technology-free exercises, one of which you're bound to use sometime.


Food Preparation Game

Very simple to use but effective example of matching words to pictures. Click and drag a word from the right hand side of the window and try to match it to one of the pictures on the left. Culinary expertise not required! The illustrations are taken from the Cambridge International Dictionary of English.


A calendar for any month, any year

Well, almost. It seems to work from 1900 to well past 4002 which should be long enough for most staff here. As well as being useful in its own right, this file can also be used on almost any computer to illustrate all sorts of display techniques from simple arrangement to quite advanced spreadsheet formulae. Quite a large file so may take a bit longer than a web page to appear.


Discover your own learning style

With this file students can fill in a questionnaire on the screen and get an instant graph indicating their preferred learning style. It can be used over and again and, once you've got the file, an Internet connection isn't needed to work with it. This link is to an Excel spreadsheet and will take a bit longer than a web page to appear.

Learning style form 2a.xls

Water, water, everywhere

Flood Cornwall, bring drought to Devon. Smart little file which illustrates the effect of changing rainfall, water usage and other factors on counties in the south of England. Lots of uses at all levels. Another Excel file, takes a bit longer than a web page to appear.



If you need some light relief, try reading some of the recent Plain English campaign's Golden Bull Award winners' items. Also useful as example of what not to write or, if you're feeling really horrid, you could always ask students to translate some!

why use a few words . . ?



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