Professional Studies for Education draws on the established resources within the University. Appropriate areas of the University are used for workshops, lectures and seminars and all registered students are expected to become members of the library. Students have full access to the University resources for learning. The University services are sensitively adapted to ensure access for work-based students on part-time courses.
The main resources accessed by students are:
- Tutors – the module tutor maintains email contact with students throughout their extended study period;
- Learning Development – the Learning Development Team, including specific dyslexia support, is available for individual consultation throughout your course;
- Critical Friends’ Forum – open days are held in school holidays when you can book a tutorial and meet up with other students;
- Student Advice – student advice services are available to all students of the University;
- SU 4 MA – The Students’ Union is the primary representative body for all students at BG (download this leaflet for further details);
- Electronic resources – every registered student is eligible for a user name and password to access the University’s electronic resources;
- The library – every registered student is eligible to join the Sibthorp Library and, through this, to gain access to a selection of academic libraries via SCONUL (see below);
- Blackboard – all students are expected to access Blackboard as a virtual learning environment (VLE) used to share resources, maintain tutorial contact and undertake group learning activities. Blackboard contains general MA support and specific support for individual modules. This may include announcements, links to useful sites, readings, documents, powerpoints, discussion boards and electronic tutorials;
- Information for off-site learners – specific support for off-site learners is detailed in the leaflet for distance learners;
- The building – taught sessions often take place in the evening and weekends. The University has become increasingly accessible to visitors out of office hours.
Easy access to learning resources for distant students is a key issue for the success of this programme. Recent developments have included:
- Targeted funding to enhance the book and journal collections related to research in educational settings;
- Extending e-book coverage to include relevant educational texts with an emphasis on research;
- Loan periods and lending rights tailored to respond to the needs of these students, including a postal loan system;
- A dedicated research area near the PDE offices including a library of research books, information about journals, new books, websites. There are also computer facilities, including useful software such as, NVivo8 (to support qualitative analysis), Transana (to aid analysis of videos) and EndNote (to support reading and referencing).
The Sibthorp Library provides access to over 145,000 books, journals, videos and other resources to support learning. It is open seven days a week in student term time and Monday – Friday for the rest of the year. Other facilities include an IT Suite and Helpdesk, photocopiers and seminar rooms.
An interlibrary loan service is available to supplement materials in the Sibthorp Library. SCONUL may also be used to access academic libraries which may be nearer your home.
Electronic Books are available via the University’s e-resources portal.