Best practice for embedding academic literacy

  • The integration or embedding of academic, language and learning skills into specific courses is regarded as best practice within higher education.
  • Embedding academic literacy and language resources into courses ensures that students are provided with the relevant study support resources that are specific to their assessment tasks and are available in a timely manner.
  • These resources are developed by Learning Skills Advisors and target the learning skills that will be assessed within a given assessment task.
  • By embedding academic literacy into a course, it becomes part of a student’s study load and is integrated into their study requirements, rather than sitting outside the curriculum where students cannot always find these resources.

Staff testimonials on embedded academic literacy resources

  • Criminal Justice lecturer: “I wanted to acknowledge the incredible support received in developing and reviewing the course outlines and the revised program structure in preparation for progressing through the myriad of approval stages.”
  • Health Sciences lecturer: “You have done an exceptional job with this annotated bibliography video…I really appreciate that you have included sport specific references and information for the students as well! You are amazing and a life-saver!!! I appreciate all your help with this and all the other information you have provided for my students and courses!!!”
  • Social sciences lecturer: “Thank you so much for your work with the B.Soc.Sci. crew at the SMB campus. From the discussions I've had the students got a lot out of it and loved having the opportunity to work though all this stuff. Thanks for being very easy to work with and adding so much to the course.”
  • Education lecturer: “The presentation (handouts etc) was hugely informative and has provided some excellent structure for the students (and the staff!!) with their literature reviews… We think this session might have to become an annual event for the post grads.”
  • Nursing lecturer: “Thank you so much for your advice and feedback [on the assessment tasks]. I took your comments on board and now feel much more satisfied with the product. The resources you sent me were fantastic and useful…which provoked much thought.”
  • Social work lecturer: “Thank you for your support of the MSW(Q) for the past three years. Your capacity to facilitate sessions, and provide tailored support for individual students who are experiencing some challenges, has enriched the program. The feedback I have received about your individual support from some of the students you have worked with has been extremely positive.”
  • Nursing lecturer: "As a result of the workshops in [first year Nursing course], overall, I have seen a much more improved calibre of academic paper this year in comparison to the last few years…"