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Information Skills are adapted to meet the needs of different student groups

Why adapt?

Changing employment patterns and government initiatives to increase participation in higher and post-16 education are just two of the factors that have led to a change in the profile of students. Increasing numbers of part-time students, distance learners and students from non-traditional backgrounds means that different approaches to meeting their needs have to be adopted.

Skills in practice: Examples from the Case Studies

The project case studies include examples of Information Skills programmes which have been adapted to meet the needs of different student groups.

Methods of adapting Information Skills

Generic Information Skills programmes may need to be supplemented by subject specific training enabling students to see the relevance of Information Skills training and apply it more successfully to their studies. Online Information Skills packages or workbooks allow students the flexibility to concentrate on areas where they may be experiencing difficulties. They can provide a useful point of reference which students may use throughout their academic careers. See Toolkit page "New technologies are used to progress Information Skills".

Support for students with disabilities

Disabled students may require specialist software to enable them to access and read materials provided in an online environment. Other strategies may include workbooks or other paper-based resources printed on different coloured paper, in large print, in braille or on disk to be used with speech reading software. Additional information may be found at TechDis.

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