In their own words: using student created resources to explore and develop academic writing at University.

Ellen Pope, LDC

In 2007 the Learning Development Centre established a successful student writing mentor scheme, made possible by our involvement in the Write Now CETL (a partnership with London Metropolitan University and Liverpool Hope University). Currently, students can only access the support of a writing mentor by visiting the LDC in person.

This project aimed to create a package of student created resources to help Aston students better understand and develop their approach to academic writing.

The approach was to create an accessible range of media rich resources (including podcasts and video diaries) that captured mentors’ experiences of academic writing and their journey throughout the student lifecycle. It was essential to capture the students’ voice and real experience to gain further insight into their practice of academic writing.

This project provided an opportunity to create an engaging online presence to meet the needs of Aston’s diverse student population, and an opportunity to explore how learning technologies can positively contribute to the area of learning development.