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Examination Time Table 2001:
Division of Ecology & Biodiversity

 

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What's it all about?
This web site is a new experiment in teaching and learning support.  It is designed to provide general learning support for all students taking modules in the Division of Ecology & Biodiversity.  But in addition, some courses (only a 'sample' in this first experimental year - see below) have web pages of their own. 

 

Mission
This 'Learning Support Centre' (LSC) has three main aims: 

  • to foster the development of an active and productive 'learning community' centred on DEB;

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  • to make more directly accessible to you quality web resources that we believe will broaden your horizons and enrich your learning; and 

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  • to provide you with new opportunities to acquire cv-enhancing transferable expertise in emerging communications and information technologies. 
Module Support
Modules that have their own 'sub-sites' are listed on the 'Modules' page, which can be accessed via the 'Modules' button (top left).  Alternatively, they can be accessed directly via the shortcut links menu (top right).  Links to other potentially useful World Wide Web resources are provided in the columns to left and right, a pattern repeated throughout the site.  The links provided on module pages will generally be of relevance only to students taking those modules. 

Every module support page will display a standard suite of buttons something like those at the top left of this page.  If you want to find out what they all do, try them out and explore.  Alternatively, use the 'Familiarisation' button (on this page only) to get a definition of each function. 

 

The Electronic Minefield
But first of all, please read the general guidelines to the right.  Once you have read those - and before you start surfing in earnest - please read very carefully the quality assurance and plagiarism guidelines provided in our Virtual Library.  If you were a soldier walking into a minefield, you'd be glad of some guidelines.  That's what these guidelines are: a guide to productivity and survival in the electronic minefield that the Web has become for serious learners! 

 

Feedback
As you gain more experience of the web and its resources, please let us have your comments, suggestions and recommendations.  These can best be fed back to us by using the 'Suggestions Box' in our Discussion Forum, which you can access via the  'chat and debate' button top left. 

We hope you will enjoy and benefit from this new medium, and invite you to work with us to maximise its educational and developmental effectiveness. 
 

Please send urgent queries and comments to: 
Dr Benny K.K. Chan

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Be Careful and Critical When Using the Web
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The web is said to be growing by a million pages a day!  So it is now too big and diverse to generalise about. 

A lot of web content is rubbish.  Some of it is good but irrelevant.  However, a significant amount of it is now both relevant and potentially useful as a learning resource, if only it can be located.  So how do we track it down? 

Here are some basic guidelines: 

1. Use a good search engine - eg the ones accessible from our 'Web Search' page, which you can reach via the button, top left. 

2. Be wary and critical of every site you visit, and take time to acquire the evaluation skills you will need to assess its credibility (there are several links to guidelines on web site evaluation in  the Virtual Library). 

3. Wherever possible when trying to locate resources, use reputable 'portal sites' that have already exercised some degree of selection and created their own lists of useful resources. 

4. Try and identify the 'owner' or 'authority' behind any site you want to use, and establish if you can 'how current' it is - ie when  was it last updated? 

5. Sticking to sites owned by universities & other organisations with established credentials (eg scientific bodies, media organisations such as the BBC, or well known publishers) is a good start.  But even there, take little on trust beyond 'good intentions'. 

6. And remember that even in such institutions, individuals may have 'personal' sites of their own (a tilde [~] in a URL often indicates this).  This need not be a problem at all: many very distinguished academics have their own web pages.  Just be wary, that's all. 

Be sure to read and assimilate the quality assurance, web evaluation and plagiarism guidelines provided in the Virtual Library.

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