Developing academic practice in Foundation Degrees


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Presentation given at HEA/QAA event at Glamorgan Conference Centre, Treforest Campus, University of South Wales on November 27th 2013. Focus of input was to provide examples from the HEA Graduates for our Future initiative which could be used to develop practice in Foundation Degrees across Wales.

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Developing academic practice in Foundation Degrees

  1. 1. Future Directions: Opportunities for Enhancing the Learning Experience Dr Helena Lim/Dr Jo Smedley Future Directions: Learning from the Review of Foundation Degrees in Wales 27 November 2013
  2. 2. Future Directions for Higher Education in Wales Sector-wide response to enhance specific areas of the student learning experience Topics of interest to the Welsh higher education sector that are explored and developed with the aim of enhancing the student learning experience 2
  3. 3. Future Directions Themes Graduates for Our Future • Students as Partners • Learning for Employment • Learning in Employment Global Graduates: Enabling Flexible Learning • Distinctive Graduates • Inspiring Teaching • Learner Journeys 3
  4. 4. Partnership approach All Welsh institutions delivering HE 4
  5. 5. Approach Future Directions Steering Group • Ensure synergies with other groups Work strand groups • Local champions Institutional teams • Aligning local activities with FD theme Individual engagement • Events, resources 5
  6. 6. Who Decides the Theme? • New theme are work strands are identified through sectoral consultation and scoping • Planned and directed by the Future Directions Steering Group • Ensures synergies with other groups 6
  7. 7. How is the Theme Developed • Developed and delivered by work strands • Local champions • HEA in a coordinating role: • ensuring synergies between Future Directions with other groups and sectoral developments. 7
  8. 8. How Does the Theme Run? Each work strand: • sets out the scope, aims and objectives • focuses on the student learning experience • aims to identify emerging good practice • Plans a programme of projects, commissioned work, events, expert contributions 8
  9. 9. Outcomes and Activities • Published outcomes • Future Directions web-site • Events workshops, seminars, conference, institutional discussions, toolkits, models and exemplars of good practice, case studies • Biennial Future Directions conference 9
  10. 10. Impact • Future Directions work-strand themes are key features of institutional L&T strategies • Focus for collaboration between staff and students of all HE institutions in Wales, FE colleges, employer organisations, HEA, NUS Wales, HEFCW and the QAA • Events and publications have showcased innovative approaches to partnerships with students and working with employers • Curriculum change and development at programme and individual level (e.g. national internships, use of case studies) 10
  11. 11. Global Graduates: Enabling Flexible Learning • Shift in approach: process as well as product? • Driven by institutions: theme allows for individual institutional priorities to be addressed • Areas of shared interest: work facilitated by work strands • Sectoral: theme’s wider implications 11
  12. 12. Graduates for our Future 2010-2013 12
  13. 13. Themes Learning for Employment Learning in Employment • Authentic learning • Learner experiences • Careers awareness and application skills in curricula • Employer experiences • Developing graduate attributes • Assessment • Alumni engagement • Quality assurance • Developing leadership and enterprise • Expanding professional networks • Resources to support employability 13
  14. 14. Joined up strategies and policies to enhance student experience Employer Involvement in validation, delivery and assessment Staff development FD Review findings Improve information and accessibility to students and employers Sustainability in FD provision 14
  15. 15. Global Graduates: Enabling Flexible Learning Learner Journeys • Undergraduate • Postgraduate • Work-based learning • Full-time • Part-time • Online 15
  16. 16. Future Directions Conference 2014 Global Graduates: Enabling Flexible Learning Aberystwyth University 2-3 April 2014 16
  17. 17. Employer involvement in validation, delivery and assessment • Aberystwyth Opportunities Network (Aberystwyth University) • Introducing WBL to Health and Social Care (Swansea University) • Integrating employability into the curriculum (Aberystwyth University) • Learning in employment: a critical evaluation by the Faculty of Business and Society (University of Glamorgan – now USW) • Learning in work: Leisure, Events, Tourism and Sport (Swansea Metropolitan University) • Flexible Learning in Employment and Community Scenarios (University of Wales, Newport – now USW) 17
  18. 18. Join up strategies and policies to enhance student experience • Learning in employment: an institutional approach (Bangor University) • Undergraduate Opportunities Programme (Cardiff University) • Learning through employment: framework and resources (University of Glamorgan – now USW) • Skillset Media Academy Wales port-graduate (University of Wales, Newport – now USW) • Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) (University of Wales, Newport – now USW) • Enhancing learning in employment through exchange (University of Wales, Newport – now USW) 18
  19. 19. Staff development • Developing formal higherlevel qualifications for learning support assistants employed in primary and secondary schools in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff (Cardiff and Vale College) • Partnership projects in Sport (University of Wales, Newport – now USW) • Elevate Cymru: a high performance working network pan Wales project (Cardiff Metropolitan University) • Pan-Wales Work-Based Learning programmes (University of Glamorgan – now USW) • Supporting the development of e-CPD (Cardiff University) 19
  20. 20. Improve information and resources to students and employers • Liberating Aptitudes by Technology-Enhanced Recognition and Accreditation of Learning (University of Wales Trinity St David) • Supporting the needs of dyslexia workers in Wales (University of Wales Trinity St David) • TELSTAR Open Educational Resources (JISC RSC) • Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership in Public Service: a collaborative approach to curriculum design and APEL 20
  21. 21. Foundation Degree provision • The development of Learning in Action modules within Coleg Llandrillo-based Foundation Degrees (Coleg Llandrillo) • Foundation Degree developments (Glyndwr University) • ESF-funded pan-Wales Foundation Degree programme (formerly Glamorgan University- now USW) 21