Learning in a digital age/LiDA101/Learning in a digital age/Research on academic skills

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Mini challenge summary
Summary: Read and annotate a research article on academic and study skills
1 hour

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The purpose of this mini challenge is to:

  • Revisit database search techniques
  • Follow online instructions in using a new technology or application
  • Review a research study on academic skills
  • Annotate and share comments and reflections online


  1. Locate, download and save a local pdf copy of the following article via the Directory of Open Access Journals:
    • Goldingay, S., Hitch, D., Ryan, J., Farrugia, D., Hosken, N., Lamaro, G., Nihill, C., & Macfarlane, S. (2014). "The university didn't actually tell us this is what you have to do": Social inclusion through embedding of academic skills in first year professional courses. The International Journal Of The First Year In Higher Education, 5(1), 43-53. doi:10.5204/intjfyhe.v5i1.194
  2. Read the instructions on how to annotate a local pdf file using hypothes.is
  3. Create an account on hypothes.is (if you don't have one yet) and log in to post annotations.
  4. Open the local pdf file in your browser. Note: You must use the Chrome browser for this challenge and install the hypothes.is extension for Chrome. (Search for instructions online to find out how to install Chrome and the relevant extension.)
  5. Read the research article and add one or two annotations to your local pdf file. (Your hypothes.is extension must be "active" - that is you must be logged in to hypothes.is.)
  6. Remember to tag your annotation on the local pdf file using the course code: LiDA101 (The course tag is required to harvest posts for the course feed.)


  1. Visit an online version of the same article hosted on WikiEducator.
  2. Activate your hypothes.is extension in your browser. (Assuming you have carried out the instructions correctly, your annotations and those of your fellow learners should be "synchronised" with the comments you made via the local pdf version of the file.
  3. Post a reply to an annotation or comment via hypothes.is.
  4. Consider the most important implications of this research study for your own learning.
  5. Share a comment on WEnotes based on your experience of this mini challenge, for example:
    • The most important implication of the Goldingay et al article is ...

Note: Your comment will be displayed in the course feed.