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2 Developing Business Practice –302LON How to develop your learning skills Unit: 1 Knowledgecast: 2

3 In this Knowledgecast, we will: Analyse a range of learning styles and the factors that influence successful study Evaluate current academic, self-marketing and personal skills and present a plan for developing skills Discuss the value of reflection and self-evaluation as a learner Module Learning Outcomes

4 Module Overview Unit 1Developing as a learner 2Working independently and with others 3Academic writing 4Critical thinking, reading and taking notes 5Using data in your studies 6Business and management research 7Career development strategies 8Effective self marketing tools 9Successful work experience 10Personal Development Planning

5 The most effective learners: 1.Are clear about what they need to learn 2.Actively acquire knowledge and skills 3.Use a range of skills to enhance their ability to learn, retain and recall information and skills How Do You Learn Effectively?

6 How Do People Learn?

7 Key Principles are: -Learning is a continuous cycle, there is no end only another learning experience -Learners need to actively learn about and experiment in their environment -Reflection and internalising experiences are key stages in effective learning -Managers have to be constantly aware of their own behaviours to continually improve their performance

8 Honey & Mumford Learning Styles ActivistReflectorTheoristPragmatist

9 Honey & Mumford Learning Styles How can I use this information? -Effective learners will be able to learn in all 4 styles -Identify your strengths or preferred learning style -Reflect on your past experiences of learning where learning was not successful -Identify opportunities to learn using each of the 4 styles Honey & Mumford Learning Styles ActivistReflectorTheoristPragmatist

10 Visual Visual Auditory Kinesthetic Learning Style VAK AuditoryKinesthetic

11 Surface Learning Meeting course requirements Unclear purpose Little sense-making or application Surface vs. Deep Learning Deep Learning Understanding ideas for yourself Active interest in the subject Relate new ideas to previous knowledge and experience More likely to improve recall and performance

12 Identifying the most useful materials Making notes in the most useful way for you Making links between course materials Creating sequences of events Review and reflection Key Skills in Deep Learning

13 Kolb’s (1984) Learning Cycle An experience is: reflected upon a theory is then created that theory is tested ‘In its broadest sense reflective practice involves the critical analysis of everyday working practices to improve competence and promote professional development. ‘ (Clouder,2000: 211) Reflection: What is reflective practice?

14 1.Schedule sufficient time to reflect on your experiences 2.Being clear about what specific experience you are reflecting on 3.Choose a suitable method to record your reflections 4.Use the skill of ‘critical thinking’ to consider ideas and evidence 5.Be honest with yourself about your thoughts and your feelings 6.Be open to feedback Reflection: How do you do it?

15 1.How did that go? 2.How do I feel about the experience? 3.What did I learn from it? What did I fail to learn? 4.How might I have learned more effectively? 5.What will I do differently in the future to help me learn better? Source: Cameron (2009) 5 Key Questions in Reflection

16 1.Prepare in advance 2.Listen and take good notes 3.Take an active role in the experience 4.Ask questions to clarify your own understanding 5.Work with others 6.Do the follow up 7.Reflect on the experience Maximising Your Learning

17 In our next Knowledgecast, we will: Analyse a range of learning styles and the factors that influence successful study. Evaluate current academic, self-marketing and personal skills and present a plan for developing skills Demonstrate a critical understanding of the importance of independence in learning and the need for a ‘growth’ mindset What are we going to cover next?

18 In this Knowledgecast, we have looked at: Analyse a range of learning styles and the factors that influence successful study –Two approaches to learning styles and how you can identify your preferences for learning and your development needs Evaluate current academic, self-marketing and personal skills and present a plan for developing skills Discuss the value of reflection and self-evaluation as a learner –Kolb’s theory of learning and the importance of reflection in the cycle of effective learning Knowledgecast Summary

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20 Student Introductions Background information Study & career aspirations Using Learning Outcomes to plan your studies QAA Core Skills Programme and Module Learning Outcomes Seminar

21 Getting yourself organised to learn Setting up your Learning Journal Exploring your Learning Styles Group Activity

22 My Learning Journal –Unit 1 etc Self Awareness Documents –Learning Styles Reading on Lifelong Learning Career Search Information –CVs –Background Information on Industries Personal Development Plan –Template –Current Version Suggested Portfolio Structure


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