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Introducing the WRiSE site to Students

There are a number of ways in which you can introduce the site to students. However, it´s important that you introduce it and assign value to it, as then students are more likely to use it. Tutors can also be involved in this process as they often do the bulk of the report marking and they can comment on how the site can help with common student errors in report writing.

When?

1. Early in semester

If you introduce the site early in the semester, students will have the opportunity and possibly the time to explore the site and to work on improving their writing before they begin their assignments. However, if the main course assignment is set towards the middle of the semester or the end, students will need reminding about the site and how it can help them with their report assignment.

2. When the assignment is set

This is a more ´just in time´ approach and may well be a strong motivation for students to use the site while they are preparing and drafting their report.

How?

Demonstrating live

In a computer lab

If you can work with students in small tutorial settings, booking a computer teaching lab and allowing your students to browse the site and work through a particular part of your discipline module is very valuable.

In a lecture theatre

A live demonstration in the lecture theatre will allow you to show students how to navigate the site and access your discipline module. You can also demonstrate explanations and exercises.

Some lecture theatres are equipped with computers that have access to the network. If in doubt, ask the Lecture Theatre Attendant and test the connection prior to the lecture.

Student handout

The handout for students is available to download and print for distribution in class. It will give a brief overview of the purpose of WRiSE, information on accessing the site and contact details for technical and academic support.

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