BKSB: A tool for addressing literacy and numeracy skills

Screen shot of bksb software

The Basic and Key Skills Builder (BKSB) is an internationally-recognised collection of online assessments and learning resources that help students develop their literacy and numeracy skills. The tool has three interconnected sections: initial assessments in both English and Maths identify the student’s skill level, then diagnostic assessments identify specific learning needs, and will open appropriate learning resources, providing explanations of the skills and practice exercises.

BKSB can be used:

  • to demonstrate the value of academic and professional literacy and numeracy skills
  • as an early identifier of literacy and numeracy skills, as required by the ELLaN Policy
  • to provide tailored, independent learning opportunities for students to take an active role in improving their literacy and numeracy skills, as required by the ELLaN Policy
  • as a mandatory, optional, stand-alone, or integrated assessment in subjects
  • to trigger systematic ALLaN intervention processes designed to support at-risk students
  • to support and improve the performance of students in your subject or course
  • with little additional workload – you just have to let me know your subject or course code. Although at present it is also necessary to send me student details downloaded to a spreadsheet, it is expected that a databridge being implemented by DIT will soon streamline the process and remove this requirement. Comprehensive reports on student progress can be generated very easily.

BKSB is being used across CSU, including by the 900 students currently in the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials programme which is designed to prepare students for the challenges of the Constable Education Program / Associate Degree in Policing Practice (ADPP) at Goulburn’s NSW Police Academy.

BKSB is effective, efficient, and costs you nothing: what’s not to like? Give me a call soon if you would like to discuss how it could work for you in 201890 or 201930.