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Review the range of resources available within the organisation for a selected curriculum area. Prepare, use and evaluate one of them in their teaching. Analyse the strengths and challenges of the selected resource and how it has supported learning.

Selecting the use of resources is a vital aspect of enhancing not only the learning experience for the student, but also the effectiveness of the teacher’s delivery. The fact that students do have varying learning needs and styles, would suggest that the teacher would need to consider the various learning resources available that could help fulfil the student needs. Therefore it is important that the use of resources are fully integrative of the teaching strategies used, hence complimenting to the effectiveness of these strategies. Teaching/learning resources that can be used are:

• Printed materials
• Photographs and slides
• Posters
• Models
• Chalk/Black Boards
• Flip charts
• Overhead transparancies
• Audi tapes and compact discs
• Tape slide sequences
• Video tapes and film
• Laboratory equipment
• Real objects
• Computer based resources

However, whilst there is a great deal of choice available to the teacher it is important to evaluate the options available fully in order to ensure that the aims and objectives of the session are met and that resources are not chosen in an unstructured way. Rather, the resources, should be a complimentary tool to enhancing the learning experience. This can ensure effective student learning, however, if not evaluated fully, this can have a detrimental effect.

Cox and Harper (2000: 57-58) pose general questions to consider when evaluating resources:

• Are the materials appropriate to the learning outcomes? • Are they suitable in terms of the characteristics of the students? • Are they clear and attractive and consistent with a professional approach to teaching? • Are they reasonably cost effective?

• Are they suitable for the way they will be used?
• Are they free from discriminatory language or images?

Therefore, when evaluating the most commonly used resources that have been undertaken on the Certificate of Personnel Practice Course at Barking College the above considerations will be taken into account. The table below analyses the learning resources that have been used within the teaching context on the Certificate in Personnel Practice course at Barking College.

| |Powerpoint Presentation |White Board |Paper based handouts |Computer Based Resources | | | | | |(Compact Disc) | |Appropriate to the learning |Extremely useful to ensuring|The whiteboard is often used|The handouts used are a |The compact disc provided to| |outcomes |a focus on the objectives of|within the sessions to |useful resource in |the students provide an | | |the course. The advantage |highlight and explain |reinforcing the students |interactive version of the | | |of using Powerpoint is it |further the objectives of |learning. Whilst it is |paper based handouts that | | |allows the use of visual |the session. It is a good |recognised that a number of |the students receive. | | |information to reinforce |complimentary resources for |complimentary resources |Through the use of | | |arguments/analysis. |ensuring that the |should be used...
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