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Introduction to Reading Strategies

Reading Strategies are an important component in the design of modules and a key part of the Validation and Re-assessment processes for programmes. Reading strategies demonostrate how you will make sure that students can engage appropriately with the literature of the module in a way that allows them to engage successfully with their learning.

Programme and module leaders are responsible for creating the reading strategy for a module, but as a tutor you are also responsible for making sure the content of those modules adheres to the agreed strategy.

"Reading Strategy" vs "Reading for the Module"

These are two important and distinct concepts.

Your Reading Strategy is aimed at the validation process for a module and explains the rationale behind the module's approach for reading. Its primary audience is the academic community and university management involved in the approval process Validation and Re-approval.

The Reading for the Module, on the other hand, is aimed primarily at your students and teaching colleagues, and is the actual guidance you give students in a particular year about the reading requirements for the module. The Reading for the Module is not part of the validated module documents. It can be changed as frequently as you choose, so long as the guidance fits within the reading strategy that you agreed at validation.

Reading Strategies Guide

Our Reading Strategies pages have all the information you need to help you:

  1. Develop a Reading strategy for a module that will work for your students and demonstrate academic rigor
  2. Communicate your Reading Strategy in two forms –
    1. As a summary version for validation, outlining the approach and costs
    2. As reading for the module – communication for students giving specific details and access arrangements.

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