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  • 1. Leicester Institute of Legal Practice Inter-disciplinary learning for the work-based student
  • 2. Current trends
    • Post graduate distance learning emphasis
    • Growth in number of part time and work based students
    • Increasing diverse student community, including international
    • Widening participation obligations
    • Growing concern from students about economic benefits of HE ( HEA 2009)
    • Financial climate
    • 75% of 2020 workforce is over 16 years of age
    • Post graduate review (expected Spring 2010) A. Smith
    • FE experiences (Changing Learner Experience (2009))
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  • 3. Intellectual Property
    • The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property 2006
    • Intellectual Property for Engineers project (Roach and Soetendorp (2008))
    • EIPO toolkit at
    • www.eipo.org/patents/learning/
    • teaching.html
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  • 4. Higher Ambitions?
    • Business to be more active partners
    • HEFCE ‘s priority to strategic skills i.e. STEM subjects
    • New Research Excellence Framework (REF) to explicitly assess the impact of research on the economy and society. Speech
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  • 5. Learner Trends
    • Flexibility/Feels like a work environment*
    • Significant social use of Web 2.0 tools**
    • Digital divides**:
      • haves/have nots;
      • Acceptors/detractors
    • Deficit in information literacy**
    • *DMU Student research 2009
    • **Changing Learner Experience (2009)
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  • 6. Learner Expectations?
    • General satisfaction with ICT provision and considerable support for use due to time and space flexibility
    • Technology useful for administration and as a repository but Web 2.0 usage remains mainly social
    • Analytical use limited
    • Great Expectations of ICT (2008) Ipsos Mori/JISC
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  • 7. Inter-disciplinary teaching strategy Leicester Institute of Legal Practice
    • Case study
    • Kolb Experiential Learning
  • 8. Leicester Institute of Legal Practice
    • Research findings:
      • Online lectures
      • Wiki
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  • 9. Inter-disciplinary teaching tools
    • Building blocks:
      • Practical
      • Minimal statute
      • Creation
      • Exploitation
      • Valuation
    • Tasks: advice to colleague, design brief to consultant, stages in a project plan.
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  • 10. Discussion
    • In your institution or subject area, is inter-disciplinary learning:
      • Pedagogically valid
      • Achievable in a faculty structure?
    • If it is achievable, what issues do you foresee in designing materials?
    • How does this strategy co-ordinate with the Higher Ambitions strategy?
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  • 11. References
    • Great Expectations (2008) Ipsos/Mori/Jisc http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/documents/greatexpectations.aspx
    • Higher Ambitions (2009) http://www.bis.gov.uk
    • Kolb, D.A. (1984) Experiential Learning .Prentice-Hall.London.
    • Postgraduate review (2010) http://www.bis.gov.uk/postgraduate-review
    • Changing Learner Experience (2009) Report of the Committee of Inquiry http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/documents/heweb2.aspx
    • Roach,J.and Soetendorp,R. (2008) IP in the engineering syllabus HEA
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