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Modules for Academic Success

Modules for Academic Success

Read:  Harnessing the Power of Online Modules for Academic Success

There are 7 online learning modules available below.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW MAP

  1. Academic Integrity
  2. Digital Literacy
  3. Professionalism for Students
  4. Student Success
  5. I am an Online Student
  6. Psychology Beginnings
  7. Chemistry Modules
  8. Module Showcase
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1.  Academic Integrity

This module will inform learners about Trent's values and its academic integrity standards.  It will explain the concept of academic integrity and will educate about how to avoid academic dishonesty.  The module culminates in a discussion of strategies for academic success.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the purpose and value of academic integrity and understand its fundamental values and principles
  • Recognize the standards, policies, and procedures in place to maintain academic integrity at Trent University
  • Identify their roles and responsibilities regarding academic integrity
  • Apply learned strategies to avoid the consequences of academic dishonesty

Topics

Policy and Practice
Avoiding Plagiarism
Avoiding Cheating

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2.  Digital Literacy

This module introduces digital literacy which is defined as the confident and critical use of information and digital technologies to enhance academic, personal and professional development.  These skills are important for both researching online information and using online social networks and communication tools. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Use critical thinking skills to question, plan and conduct research, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources
  • Find, evaluate, select and use appropriate media and technology tools skillfully
  • Connect, share, communicate and collaborate with others in digital environments in order to participate in local and international communities
  • Be an aware and responsible designer of personal "digital footprint"

Topics

Introduction to Digital Documents
Finding Digital Documents
Authenticity and Authority

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3.  Professionalism for Students

This module educates participants about"professional attitude and professional conduct" on the part of persons engaged in occupations considered to be professions.  Personal traits belonging to successful employees such as honesty, good communication, time-management, goal setting, problem solving, and teamwork are discussed. By the end of this module, participants will be better prepared to enter the professional workforce.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Develop critical thinking, creativity and effective communication skills suited for a professional environment
  • Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner in the workplace
  • Understand the importance of professional development activities

Topics

Thinking for Success
Professional Communication Skills
Professional Etiquette
Skills Awareness and Articulation
Work Search Skills
Career Development
Managing Projects
Teamwork
Leadership

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4.  Student Success

This module covers a variety of academic, reading, writing and research topics needing introduction or reinforcement across courses and disciplines to support student learning and success.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the role that organization and time management skills plays in a successful academic career
  • Prepare thoroughly for end-of-term examinations
  • Understand the role that proper grammar and spelling has in the academic environment
  • Plan, research, draft and finalize an academic essay using proper citation structure 

Topics

Learning Skills
English Review
Assignments and Formatting
Scientific Writing

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5.  I am an Online Student

This module introduces students to the new world of online learning.  It emphasizes the organization and time management skills required for success in this type of course.  The module offers both general tips for success, and also help for online assignments, tests and communication.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate between the skills necessary for online courses as compared to traditional face-to-face courses
  • Understand the role that online communication performs in an online course
  • Realize that being successful in an online course requires just as much, if not more, time and energy than a traditional classroom course, and that participants must have specific computer skills & learning strategies in order to succeed

Topics

Learning Online
Skills you should have
The Right Fit
Expectations for Students/Instructors
Tips for Successful Learning
Online Course Etiquette
Taking Online Tests, assignments, discussions

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6.  Psychology Beginnings

Psychology beginnings was designed by Trent University's Online department in collaboration with Trent's Psychology department. In this module you will learn about introductory concepts in psychology and how these core concepts combine into the larger field of psychology. More importantly, you will experience new ways of thinking about these concepts and how they apply to everyday life. While Psychology beginnings was designed for introductory psychology students, these modules are suitable for anyone with an interest in learning more about psychology.

Topics

Independent/Dependent Variables
Parts of the Brain
Statistical Concepts
Classical Conditioning
Research Design
Reading Articles
Operant Conditioning
Experimental Design
Social Psychology

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7.  Chemistry Modules

These Pre-Chemistry online modules are designed to function as chemistry preparation for first year chemistry students. It is particularly useful for students who for various reasons are otherwise not confident in their preparation for first year university level chemistry. However, the module can be used as a practical and valuable review for all students. The module focuses on the development of fundamental numeracy and problem solving skills that are widely applicable to students in a variety of first year chemistry courses.

Topics

Scientific Measurements
Presenting Chemical Data
Problem Strategies
Modern Atomic Theory
Building the World
Transformations of Matter

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