Annandale’s Learning at Your Fingertips (LAYF) offers open educational resources for instructors to use in course BlackBoard sites. Currently, LAYF offers 15 instructional modules on topics including writing strategies, reading strategies, study skills, testing and research skills. The modules were created using BlackBoard and are ready to be used or can be customized to the needs of a particular curricula.
In Summer 2013, Jami Yazdani, Annandale associate dean for Learning and Technology Resources (LTR), began the LAYF project in response to the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Developmental English redesign, a transition that accelerated students through the developmental English program and reduced class time. The LAYF modules were designed to introduce or reinforce basic skill sets as well as support VCCS Developmental English redesign student learning outcomes. The project widened its scope to address NOVA’s general education goals. Now, LAYF modules can be used for any NOVA course.
All modules include a variety of content and media aimed at developing a student’s knowledge and understanding of a skill. Importantly, faculty can access assignments and assessments for the topics covered in each module. The website includes instructions for faculty to download the modules and import them into their Blackboard courses. The student module and faculty content both provide information about on-campus resources for those seeking additional assistance.
The LAYF team includes talent from across Annandale’s LTR units. Yazdani is joined by Annandale reference and instruction librarians Kevin Simons and Paula DeRoy. Academic Support Services Coordinator Sarah Bogdewiecz (AN) and Reading and Writing Center Supervisor Emily Miller (AN) who developed resources for study skills and writing strategies. Web Administrator and Instructional Technologist Kama Storie (AN) updates and maintains the project’s website, enabling usability.
Yazdani reports the project’s website has had more than 660 unique visits and 210 downloads of modules and content from seven countries since its launch. LAYF staff and faculty continue to develop new modules, regularly adding new topics to support student success. A recent addition is “Testing Center Preparation,” developed by the Annandale Testing Center’s Annalise Rivas.
To learn more and explore how these modules can support your students, please visit the Learning at Your Fingertips website.