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					   NETWORKING SMARTER TO
IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING AND
    STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
Improving student learning and student
engagement is easier when you network
with the Study Smarter team on campus.
This team consists of Learning, Language
and Research Skills Advisers who are experts
in developing programs and services that
foster academic excellence and enrich the
student experience.


                                                        LACE members by the river

                                                You may also wish to refer students to the
                                                diverse range of programs and services run
                                                centrally at Student Services in the Guild
                                                Village, or online at the Study Smarter
                                                website at www.studysmarter.uwa.edu.au
                                                You can add a Study Smarter link button to
                                                your website by following the step-by-step
                                                instructions when you click on the button:
Learning, Language and Research Skills
Advisers left to right: Dr Michael Azariadis,
Dr Krystyna Haq, Dr Lisa Cluett, Ms Siri
   Barrett-Lennard, Dr Stephen Rankin
                                                The Study Smarter team operates an
                                                excellence model of service provision
Our programs are largely directed at
                                                distinctive for its focus on extending student
students, so what can we do for UWA
                                                capabilities, fostering independent, active
staff?
                                                learning, and encouraging UWA students
                                                of all capabilities to aspire to the highest
Working	with	the	team	can	influence	the	way	
                                                level possible and to actively engage in
you teach and improve how your students
                                                ongoing skills development for life-long
study, communicate, conduct research and
                                                learning. Flexibility is the key to the group’s
manage their time. You can contact the
                                                offerings, with students able to choose
team for faculty teaching and workshops,
                                                from workshops, peer learning groups,
joint research and projects, resources and
                                                drop-ins (run 1-2pm daily), appointments,
materials, or committee involvement and
                                                resources, online materials, podcasts or
advice. The team can also provide staff
                                                discussion groups to further their skills in
training to improve student learning and to
                                                areas critical to their academic success
assist students from diverse backgrounds
                                                such as academic writing, public speaking,
to achieve their academic potential. And a
                                                critical thinking, exam strategies, study
great way to expand your networks across
                                                skills, and research. The service goes
the University is to join the team’s Language
                                                beyond the provision of discrete learning
and Cultural Exchange (LACE) program,
                                                skills to contribute to a satisfying and
open to all postgraduates and staff. Get
                                                memorable student cultural and academic
to know others on campus and learn more
                                                experience. It aims at being vibrant, vital,
about the university environment at www.
                                                fun and relevant to all students, no matter
lace.uwa.edu.au
                                                where they are in their learning journey.
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Current team projects include:                 NavigateUWA, which is the new current
                                               student website. Siri developed the concept
PEERS (Perceptions and Expectations            for this site, and worked in partnership with
for English Requirements and Support),         Josh Hogan and Dan Woods at Student
which investigates international student       Services to bring it to fruition and to develop
perceptions of the linguistic challenges       a website for students that is intuitive and
of study and support mechanisms at             easy-to-navigate, appealing to students,
UWA.      PEERS includes both a survey         and easy to maintain and keep up-to-date.
and follow up focus group discussions.         This simple yet comprehensive directory
Findings and recommendations will then         service is divided into four main sections:
be disseminated to UWA staff with the          Pathway (to get students started at UWA),
aim of improving the international student     Study (for resources while studying at
experience. This Teaching and Learning         UWA), Life (with its focus on the student
Performance Fund project is coordinated by     experience), and Future (for steps after
Siri Barrett-Lennard, English Language and     university).
Learning Skills Adviser, and is conducted
in collaboration with Caroline Bulsara at      It is updated regularly with events of interest
CATL. More information is available at         to students. You can add a NavigateUWA
http://www.studentservices.uwa.edu.au/         link button to your website by following the
page/109076                                    step-by-step instructions when you click on
                                               the NavigateUWA button at www.navigate.
NODE (Networking Online to Diversify           uwa.edu.au
Engagement), which fosters ways of using
a range of web tools to widen service
delivery, build communities and improve
student engagement. The project looks at
ways of applying tools such as blogs, wikis,
podcasts, IM etc to University learning.
This Registrar’s Initiative Fund project
is led by Dr Lisa Cluett, Learning Skills
Adviser, in conjunction with Dr Judy Skene
and Josh Hogan from the Diversity and
Transition Team at Student Services. More
information on the project can be found at:
http://www.studentservices.uwa.edu.au/         BRAIN       (Beginner      Research       And
page/108244 or you can go straight to the      Informational Networks), is a collaborative
NODE website at www.node.uwa.edu.au            project between the Faculty of MDHS and
                                               Student Services which aims at providing
                                               a	foundation	in	learning	skills	for	first	year	
                                               Medicine and Dentistry students as part of
                                               their Personal and Professional Development
                                               program. Lisa has developed the materials
                                               for these online modules (hosted in webct)
                                               in essay writing, using literature, note
                                               taking and exam strategies.

                                               If you would like to discuss ways in which
                                               the specialist skills of the Study Smarter
                                               team can motivate your students to aspire
                                               to new standards in academic performance,
            Study Smarter discussion           contact Siri or Lisa at study.smarter@uwa.
                                               edu.au or on 6488 2423, or visit them at
                                               Student Services, Level 2, Guild Building.

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