Use NLN Materials to provide additional support to learners.
- Use NLN materials in a similar vein to text book or reading list as additional support and resources for students. In my college we are able to provide ready-made-packages of NLN materials and weblinks which are ideal for this purpose.
- Use NLN materials for differentiation (both less able and more able learners). Are you finding some learners need additional support or further extension, by providing access to extra materials, such as the NLN materials, you can provide a more indvidualised learning programme for your learners.
- Use NLN materials to provide background for classroom delivery. You can use the NLN materials to provide background reading for a topic in the same way that you could use a chapter of a book, with the advanatage that the use of the materials is tracked and you don’t have to worry about having enough copies in the library.
Of course the NLN materials are just one way in which you can support learners, there are other e-resources and online materials which can provide additional support to learners in a similar way.
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You may already have a filing cabinet (or a cupboard) which you store copies of your assignments, handouts, briefings and other paper based resources.
You may have a folder on your desk which students can access copies of missing resources.
You may already give your learners access to this file storage and allow them to pick and choose which paper based resources they need.
You do though need to ask the questions:
- how do learners access the resources, do they need a key or authorisation?
- what happens when a copy runs out, who prints out and copies the resource?
- who identified that a resource has run out?
The advantages of placing electronic copies of resources on a VLE are:
- the resources are available all the time from anywhere, whether that be home, work or college;
- as they are electronic copies, they never run out, you don’t need to print or copy them again;
- students can have multiple copies, one at home and one for college;
- you can specify if resources are available all the time or for a set time;
- you will be able to find copies for yourself so allowing you to access them from home or work if they need updating.
The VLE is a powerful asset and tool for teaching and learning, but even using it as a simple file storage area can prove to be an advantage to yourself and your learners.
The VLE is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year from any internet connected computer.