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Student as producer

  1. 1. Student as Producer Dr. Julian Beckton
  2. 2. Topics <ul><li>Teaching and Learning Strategy 2007-12 </li></ul><ul><li>“Student as producer” project </li></ul>
  3. 3. Recruitment strategy <ul><li>Ongoing review of courses to ensure they </li></ul><ul><li>remain attractive to students </li></ul><ul><li>Review student entry requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to under-represented groups </li></ul>Review pre-entry support and induction programmes Offer multiple forms of delivery Provide appropriate opportunities for transfer between programmes Provide academic and pastoral support to students throughout their programme
  4. 4. Research engaged teaching strategy <ul><li>Encourage innovation in regular programme </li></ul><ul><li>reviews, informed by subject and pedagogic </li></ul><ul><li>research. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek advice from appropriate external sources </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure conformity with Bologna </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that all teachers carry out research and ensure that they bring </li></ul><ul><li>this research into their curricula </li></ul><ul><li>Embed research skills into curricula </li></ul>
  5. 5. Continuous improvement strategy <ul><li>Remain focused on learning outcomes to determine </li></ul><ul><li>pedagogic strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Provide students with clear guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Give rapid, clear feedback that focuses on future </li></ul><ul><li>improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage student reflection and provide additional support in generic skills </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for small group teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Make full use of enabling technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for self directed study </li></ul>
  6. 6. Employability Strategy <ul><li>Provide structured personal and career </li></ul><ul><li>development planning </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance students self awareness and </li></ul><ul><li>self presentation abilities in relation to </li></ul><ul><li>employment opportunties </li></ul><ul><li>Develop applied creativity, innovation and enterprise ability </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance opportunities for students to practice in work settings where </li></ul><ul><li>appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Promote external contacts through work and community based projects </li></ul><ul><li>Support student society initiatives relating to work and career development </li></ul>
  7. 7. Staff development strategy <ul><li>Develop a clearer career path for Teacher Fellows </li></ul><ul><li>Engage all academic staff in research relating to </li></ul><ul><li>their teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen induction and training of new academic </li></ul><ul><li>staff </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure academic staff relate to Professional Standards Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Involve practitioners in programme design and delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Reward staff achievement in research-informed teaching and </li></ul><ul><li>learning and professional practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a standardised centrally administered approach to unit evaluation </li></ul>
  8. 8. Collaboration Strategy <ul><li>Ensure dialogue between staff and students </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain partnerships between academics, </li></ul><ul><li>Service depts and administrative staff </li></ul><ul><li>Promote interfaculty collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Develop links with schools and colleges </li></ul><ul><li>Develop links with employers </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in local/regional/national research collaborations </li></ul>
  9. 9. Environmental strategy <ul><li>Provide appropriate accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>for teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Establish flexible learning spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Provide technical support in all teaching rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that all teaching rooms meet minimum </li></ul><ul><li>standards on all sites </li></ul><ul><li>Invest in library and learning resources </li></ul><ul><li>Provide academic staff with enhanced technical support </li></ul>
  10. 10. Student as producer project <ul><li>Externally funded. (£200,000.00 over 3 years) </li></ul><ul><li>Draws on teaching and learning strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Research already a key part of that </li></ul><ul><li>Students not always closely engaged in research </li></ul>
  11. 11. University Education <ul><li>Teaching not about transferring knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas are far more important than information. </li></ul><ul><li>Need to help students make knowledge for themselves </li></ul><ul><li>So students work with staff to pursue research projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Or, if impractical, students are assessed on “research like” activities. </li></ul>Image Credit: PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE /
  12. 12. What we’ve already done <ul><li>UROS – Undergraduate Research </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities scheme. (Students get a </li></ul><ul><li>grant to work with academics on a real </li></ul><ul><li>research problem) </li></ul><ul><li>SCOTS – Students evaluate the work of teachers in disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>other than their own. </li></ul><ul><li>FED – Fund for Educational Development – funds of up </li></ul><ul><li>to £3000 for academic colleagues to develop their curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>along the lines of research engaged teaching </li></ul>
  13. 13. What do we plan to do (1) <ul><li>Teacher Development : promotion </li></ul><ul><li>of research engaged teaching and </li></ul><ul><li>learning through existing PGCE </li></ul><ul><li>programme/CPD framework – </li></ul><ul><li>develop work done by SCOT </li></ul><ul><li>programme to support teaching, and other students </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Co-laboratories : One week projects involving </li></ul><ul><li>large groups of undergraduate student (500) working in team of 10 </li></ul><ul><li>with academic staff to produce a product of academic value </li></ul><ul><li>based around theme of the co-laboratory. </li></ul>
  14. 14. What we plan to do (2) <ul><li>Re-introduce UROS scheme </li></ul><ul><li>(Bursaries of £1000 per student), </li></ul><ul><li>work to be done over summer vacation </li></ul><ul><li>Re-introduce FED - £3,000 </li></ul><ul><li>per project, as before, but staff expected to publish a paper </li></ul><ul><li>Festival of teaching and learning . : Involve whole university for </li></ul><ul><li>one day, in which staff and students will engage with research </li></ul><ul><li>engaged teaching agenda. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Thank You