YorkU online tool empowers students to develop writing skills

October 29, 2013

York University has introduced a new modular, online tool designed to help students with academic assignments. The Student Papers and Academic Research Kit (SPARK) modules are organized into 3 categories, ““Getting Started”,” ““Exploring”” and ““Pulling it Together”,” and focus on key academic literacy skills such as time management, research strategies, essay structure, essay editing and creating bibliographies. The modules include such interactive components as test-your-knowledge quizzes, videos, and printable worksheets designed to enhance academic literacies. ““The students that we spoke to both in focus groups and through concept testing revealed that they appreciated that SPARK allowed them to choose when, and how, they wanted to learn. From those consultations the theme of empowerment emerged,”” says YorkU Reference and Instruction Librarian Adam Taves. YorkU News | SPARK