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4.3 Monitoring progress

This stage is about keeping track of your progress. How confident are you that you are achieving the standards of communication required for your work? How can you check how well you are doing?

Monitoring progress in communication skills involves knowing how to:

  • make judgements about the quality of information that you use from various sources;

  • synthesise information; and

  • communicate information in a form that s
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3.8.3 Identify ways of further improving your own learning and performance

Remember that improving your own learning and performance is not something that you can do once and then forget about it. It is a process that needs to become an integral part of your normal approach to work and study throughout your career in higher education and in the world of work. Developing and using the skill of improving your own learning and performance can enhance all other learning. As you worked through this key skill, what is it that you have learned? What can you take away with
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3.8.2 Assess the effectiveness of your strategy

If you were asked to assess how effective your planning, researching, monitoring and evaluating have been in improving your learning and performance, what would be your assessment? You may comment on factors that impacted on your learning, for example the feedback you received from your tutor or manager, a workshop you attended, or discussions with other students or colleagues. Other factors might be your improved awareness of what you are trying to achieve or having a structured approach to
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Introduction to Coaching - Mini Lecture
A mini lecture which will introduce you to coaching. The lecture will look briefly at the origins of coaching and trace its history before clarifying what coaching is.
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Introduction to Assertiveness - Raw Materials
The raw materials which make up a learning activity about Assertiveness. This provides an introduction to assertiveness. It will explore the difficulties in identifying assertive behaviour from that of passive and aggressive behaviour. It will introduce and explain the concept of direct and indirect aggression and explore the effect of assertiveness as part of communication skills. It will provide an opportunity to explore current knowledge of assertiveness and suggest resources for further st
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What Do You Know About Genetics?
This OLogy activity tests kid's knowledge about DNA, genes, cloning, and more with an interactive quiz. The 10-question multiple-choice test covers a wide range of topics, from "What is junk DNA?" to "What is one thing that makes one identical twin different from his or her other twin?" After making their 10 selections, kids can check their answers with a page that shows them how they did on each question and offers explanations of the right answers.
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Shelly is a 38-year-old African American female who initially presented with transverse myelitis 2 years ago. A lumbar puncture revealed multiple oligoclonal bands in the cerebral spinal fluid. MRI has demonstrated numerous plaques in the bilateral cerebral white matter. She eventually went on to recover from her initial attack but since her second attack has continued to progressively worsen. Her gait and other motor functioning have deteriorated and she is now wheelchair bound.
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Go beyond approaches that marginalize African American history by "shifting the lens" to look at events from new perspectives. Black History Month can be a wonderful celebration of the contributions that African Americans have made to American history and culture. All too often, however, those contributions are heralded in February but seldom mentioned throughout the rest of the year. Ideally, every month’s history curriculum should include those contributions, but how do you integrate Africa
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In this video the viewer will learn about igneous rocks. Phrases appear on the screen to highlight the words of the speaker. (01:49)
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Andy Warhol Napkin Drawing
The subject of this video produced for Antiques Roadshow is a food-stained napkin with doodles of butterflies signed by the late, 20th Century pop-artist Andy Warhol. The napkin may have come from Diana Vreeland, one of Warhol's closest friends back in 1983 and 1984. Kathleen Guzman, appraiser of paintings and drawings, appears confident that the signature is genuine and suggests an astonishing value for the napkin if the owner were to get it authenticated by the Andy Warhol Foundation. (02:19)
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Groundwater Animation
Groundhogs sing us a song about Groundwater. Concepts cover the historical path of water, uses of water and dangers groundwater faces in this 3:43 video. Teachers may wish to have a word wall with those words that students may have difficulty understanding.
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A one minute cartoon that shows students what precautions to use before crossing a street. The stop, look, and listen message are given. A good introduction to this topic.
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There are a couple types of compost bins you can use along with materials such as leaves, flowers and any types of weeds. This two minute video shows how to make and care for a compost bin in your garden. I have one at school that the students use and it provides a great lesson in recycling.
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Food distribution is one part of NGO strategy to help Nigeriens through crisis times like the 2010 food shortage. As the approach to development changes and development workers look for strategies to reduce native dependency on foreign work, food distributions are changing as well. Some, like this one, have reduced-price strategies as incentive for farmers to practice new planting patterns.
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6.4 Pictures
BBC News 24, Sky News, CNN – we live in an era where news has become almost instantaneous. This unit will look at how news is gathered and the technology used for its dissemination. You will also be encouraged to examine how information might be manipulated by questioning its reliability.
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2 Sources of help

This assessment unit is designed to be self-contained. However you might like to access the following sources for support and guidance if you need it. These sources include:

  • U529 Key skills – making a difference: This OpenLearn unit is designed to complement the assessment units. It provides detailed guidance and activities to help you work on your key skills, gives examples of key skills work from students, and helps you prepare and select
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Paul Kelly and Aiden Doherty give a talk for the UBVO seminar series.
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