About Studywell

Studywell is an online suite of learning tools, templates and activities for students to facilitate greater study effectiveness, and enhance academic performance and achievement. Targeting undergraduate learners (particularly 1st year/transition), this online resource provides 24/7 access to academic and information literacy learning tools and resources.

Studywell is the linchpin of a significant range of new, converging and/or existing learning services and tools for students, and teaching resources for staff.

As a learning tool in an online environment, Studywell necessarily diverges in purpose, design and construction from information, commercial and student recruitment websites. The team have done the utmost to appropriately balance web governance, accessibility and design with what experience and research recognises as best practice in online learning and learner engagement.

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Mobile devices
Studywell (accessible version) and all resources display on mobile devices. However, due to Apple restrictions regarding Adobe Flash, aspects of Studywell (enhanced version) are currently not viewable on Apple devices (eg: iPhones).

Design and development

Design, content development and technical build commenced in June 2009, through to first release in Week 1 Semester 1 2010. Considerable attention has been given to assuring Studywell represents fundamental educational and design objectives and principles which are applied intelligently to an online learning environment.

Why Studywell?

QUT Library is committed to an integrated model of learning service and support, underpinned by a conceptual “integrated literacies” framework of knowledge, skills and capabilities. This portfolio consolidates Library responsibility for integrated service provision and support for study skills (academic literacy) as well as research skills (information literacy). This important mandate strengthens QUT Library’s strategic focus on leading learning service innovation and actively engaging in teaching and learning at QUT.

Studywell emphasises this commitment. Underpinning the extensive suite of student-focussed learning services and support already provided by QUT Library, Studywell also deliberately articulates with QUT’s strategic objectives regarding First Year Experience, Curriculum Design Principles, enhancing the student experience, and flexible delivery and online learning. Studywell applies effective use of emerging technology and learning design to accommodate diverse student needs, time commitments and learning styles, and to engage students in positive experiences of learning self-sufficiency.

Studywell’s visual design and innovative use of current technologies facilitates self-directed discovery-based learning to encourage interaction with content, and facilitate what is described by Oblinger1 (2008) as “discovery infrastructure”.

Design Principles

Design Axioms

Design Accountabilities

Acknowledgements

Studywell has entailed the contributions of highly experienced and dedicated professional staff in QUT Library from concept design, content/resource development, visual communications design, website architecture, editing, and promotion/communication. The project was also strongly supported by the Library’s Leadership team, and specifically the Director, Library Services, Judy Stokker, and Associate Director, Vicki McDonald. This collective contribution has assured the input and expertise necessary to deliver a high quality student-focussed resource.

As Project Leader, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the drive and dedication of these following staff members in the development of Studywell and, in particular, Cyntia, Bernadette, Kate 1 and Kate 2.  Student engagement with this resource will stand as a testament to their collective wisdom, experience, creativity and passion for learning and for student empowerment.

Judith Peacock
Integrated Literacies Coordinator (Feb 2010)

Project team (content and design)


Name

Service Role

Library Service Area

Specific expertise/contribution

Bernadette Willans

Academic Skills Adviser

Reference Services (Kelvin Grove)

Content (academic and information literacy); resource/content team coordination

Kate Derrington

Academic Skills Adviser

Reference Services (Kelvin Grove)

Content (academic literacy)

Kate Devitt

Academic Skills Adviser

Reference Services (Gardens Point)

Content (academic literacy)

Cyntia de Macedo Franco

Learning Designer

Office of the Director, Library Services

Visual and concept design; learning design; multimedia design/development; Project management

Helen Batchelor Reference Librarian - Academic Skills Reference Services (Kelvin Grove) Content (academic literacy), administration and proofreading

Judith Peacock

Integrated Literacies Coordinator

Office of the Director, Library Services

Project leadership

Contributing specialists (content and design)


Name

Service Role

Library Service Area

Specific expertise/contribution

Emma Nelms

ILAT Convenor

Reference Services (Gardens Point)

Content (information literacy)

Integrated Literacies Action Team (ILAT)

Reference and advice

Reference Services (all Branches)

Functionality/ useability and look and feel

Margaret Bremner Reference Librarian Reference Services (Gardens Point) Content (information literacy)

Elizabeth Greener (Senior Project Manager, Learning Design), Tim Plaisted and the QUT eLearning Services Learning Design team

Learning Designer

Office of the Director, Library Services

Visual and concept design; learning design; multimedia design/development; Project management

Kim Appleton

Disability Adviser

Division of Administrative Services

Assistive technologies and student needs

Technical and site deployment


Name

Service Role

Library Service Area

Specific expertise/contribution

Paul O’Donoghue

Manager

Library eServices

Deployment coordination

Joseph Stewart

Lead developer

Library eServices

Programming (accessible site)

Barbara Ewers

Web Content Coordinator

Library eServices

Content review (accessible site); site review; testing and response

Suzy Sheppard Library Systems Officers Library eServices Site review; testing and response

Communications


Name

Service Role

Service Area

Specific expertise/contribution

Elleina Andrews

TILS Communications Team

TILS/ Office of the DVC

Communications/publication

Patrice Meixsell-Draper

Team Leader, TILS Communications Team

TILS/ Office of the DVC

Communications/publication

Rebecca Sandford

TILS Communications Team

TILS/ Office of the DVC

Communications/publication

Copyright and Terms and Conditions

Copyright

Studywell is QUT copyright. Please refer to the University’s Copyright Guide for more information - http://www.qut.edu.au/general/copyright.jsp

QUT is committed to the proper observance of copyright law, and upholding the rights of creators and users. All images in Studywell are appropriately acknowledged and attributed on each resource in due observance of Australian copyright law. Copyright is not transferable. For more information: University Copyright Officer - qut.copyright@qut.edu.au

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(2) a method of inquiry-based instruction, discovery learning believes that it is best for learners to discover facts and relationships for themselves

(3) The On-Line Learning Handbook : Alan Jolliffe, David Stevens, Jonathan Ritter

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