Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Biz/ed Internet Resources and Internet for Business Studies

Magazine article Teaching Business & Economics

Biz/ed Internet Resources and Internet for Business Studies

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Two easy ways to boost Internet Skills for BTEC Business

INTRODUCTION:

BTEC Business units are resource intensive. Students new to such courses need support and training in how to access resources to demonstrate evidence of learning. There is often little time to deliver this effectively, especially on parttime BTEC courses where time is precious. This article will describe two free Internet services that can help educators and students to get more out of the Internet and teach them valuable skills which can be later transferred to the workplace.

INTERNET FOR BUSINESS STUDIES:

This is part of the Virtual Training Suite, (VTS) an e-literacy tool and range of tutorials funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), which can help students develop their Internet information literacy. It was written by Andy Hargrave and Kate Sharp, from Biz/ed. Students are shown key sites for business studies, how to search the Internet, how to evaluate sites and how to reflect on this knowledge. The tutorial is flexible and can be completed in one go or bit by bit. Most importantly, it teaches students how to take a critical view of what is on the Internet something that is often neglected! Further information is available on the 'Teaching Pack' section of the site, where you can find an overview of the Virtual Training Suite, case studies of usage, guidance, and printable worksheets for students.

BIZ/ED INTERNET RESOURCES:

Although Google is an amazingly successful and widely used tool, sometimes students benefit from a structured directory of quality-checked sites. Biz/ed can offer this. This useful resource consists of a catalogue of over 4,500 Web sites and is constantly evolving. Sites are selected by qualified information specialists and have short descriptions. Both business and economics are covered.

The sites are arranged in a browseable directory with main and sub-headings, for example Accounting, Human Resources or Marketing. Select a heading and you are taken to the list of sites, which can be viewed in alphabetical order or by resource type, eg. Journals, News or Organisations. The catalogue can also be searched using keywords.

BTEC CORE UNITS:

This example takes two core units to highlight how Biz/ed Internet Resources might be used.

Business and Management unit:

Task: Students need to find material on management theories and on actual companies.

Browse some Management sections of Internet Resources...e.g. Management, Human Resources, Company Information, Management Theories. …

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