As part of the design process for the new BSc (Hons) Rural Entrepreneurship & Enterprise, one of the new Catalyst programme courses, we were involved in a Resource Review workshop. The workshop was facilitated by Kate Lindsay, Damien Turner, Sue Lowe and Sandra Scalzavara from the University College of Estate Management (UCEM) who are supporting us with the development of the Catalyst programmes.
During the workshop the academics were asked to consider resources (text, audio, video, image, hyperlink, interactive activities, artefacts etc.) that already exist and think about repurposing them for programme modules using some different techniques.
For example they were asked to consider:
- Is the resource relevant?
- Is the resource available?
- Is the resource reliable?
- Is the resource current?
- Is the resource scaffolded?
The programme academics broke into teams and worked on an individual module with a Learning Technologist from UCEM. They were asked to place their suggested resources on a chart and consider their relevance to the module learning outcomes.
After thinking about what resources already exist, the academics used the remaining time to fill in the gaps with resources that need to be found or developed.
Susan Baker, the RAU Library Operations Manager, also attended the workshop and provided an overview of the databases and e-library platforms that RAU has available for 2020. These include:
- Business Source Premier (Ebsco)
- Emerald Business & Management Journals
- Science Direct
- Other e-journal packages such as Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Sage
- Marketline Advantage
- Statista is a highly trustworthy source of data and statistics across a very broad range of industries. It also includes reports, dossiers, forecasts, infographics etc.
These resources can be searched via “Find It @ RAU” on the Library page on Gateway.
The session worked really well and by the end of the two hours we had a clear overview of what resources can be used in the to be developed modules. This overview of resources will be used in the oncoming Design Workshops to further develop these modules.