HE in FE: The HEA and its Subject Centres


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HE in FE: The HEA and its Subject Centres

  1. 1. HE in FE: The Higher Education Academy and its Subject Centres Ian Lindsay Academic Advisor HE in FE
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>What is the Higher Education Academy? </li></ul><ul><li>What are Subject Centres? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we aim to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples of our activities </li></ul>
  3. 3. Some of your challenges.. <ul><li>Availability of suitable learning resources in FE. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For staff & student use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowing why students choose to access HE courses through FE colleges (e.g. socialisation, personalisation, small class, transition, part-time/flexible provision) and understanding how those differences and similarities to HEIs can affect your Teaching & learning, Assessment and Curriculum Design. </li></ul><ul><li>What factors contribute to student success in HE in FE environments? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actually teaching……. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are the advantages of studying at your college? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some of your challenges.. <ul><li>Does your college environment challenge the “more able” students sufficiently? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you know? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are the learning needs of your HE students and in what ways can these be met to aid progression from your level 3 programmes? </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement/relationship with partners/consortia? Are these different in HE institutions? </li></ul><ul><li>Staff needs/requirements delivering HE in a FE environment – teaching/research </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is the Higher Education Academy? www.heacademy.ac.uk <ul><li>Our mission is to help institutions, discipline groups and all staff to provide the best possible learning experience for their students. </li></ul><ul><li>Head Office in York </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CPD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Recognition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>24 Subject Centres around the country </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources not just for their communities … </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Academy’s Strategic Aims <ul><li>To be an authoritative and independent voice on policies that influence student learning experiences </li></ul><ul><li>To support institutions in their strategies for improving the student learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>To lead, support and inform the professional development and recognition of staff in higher education </li></ul><ul><li>To promote good practice in all aspects of support for the student learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>To lead the development of research and evaluation to improve the quality of the student learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>To be a responsive, efficient and accountable organisation </li></ul>
  7. 7. Themes informing the Academy’s programme of events and activities <ul><li>Innovations in the curriculum and student support </li></ul><ul><li>Quality management </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Academic leadership </li></ul>
  8. 8. 24 Subject Centres http:// www.heacademy.ac.uk/SubjectNetwork.htm
  9. 9. Subject Centres <ul><li>Work on subject specific issues to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote and share good practices in learning, teaching and assessment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broker the transfer and take-up of knowledge and practice between users, experts, developers and innovators. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up, support and develop learning & teaching networks. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Subject Centre Focus <ul><li>Practitioner </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting expertise with needs </li></ul><ul><li>Close links with subject academics and professional bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Harvesting good practices </li></ul><ul><li>Creating partnerships and collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>Visits to departments, meetings with Learning and Teaching groups, facilitating discussion groups, organising events & workshops etc... </li></ul>
  11. 11. Dedicated HE in FE web pages
  12. 12. Information & resources <ul><li>On-line databases and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Publications, briefings and guides </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul><ul><li>News feeds and online updates </li></ul><ul><li>Enquiry service </li></ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Special Interest Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Groups & Networks </li></ul>
  13. 13. Funding Opportunities, Awards, Reviews <ul><li>Funding Opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mini-Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Interest Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software , </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject Centre Awards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Awards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching Awards </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Background to HE in FE Enhancement Programme <ul><li>Initially, a HEFCE funded project with a brief to provide support for HE in FE in England until July 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Now, although still funded by HEFCE and maintaining an English focus, part of the Academy’s core activities. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Key Objectives <ul><li>Provide an effective means for staff supporting HE in FECs to engage with the wider support infrastructure. </li></ul><ul><li>To share access to HE information and resources. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>To share good practice and work with colleges. </li></ul><ul><li>To combine efforts with key partners to deliver a coherent and integrated support infrastructure to enhance HE learning and teaching policies and practice. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote professional and scholarly development to increase the professional standing and recognition of all staff supporting HE in FECs. </li></ul>Key Objectives
  17. 17. Professional Standards and Professional Recognition <ul><li>Standard Descriptor 1 …….. Associate Fellow </li></ul><ul><li>Standard Descriptor 2 .……. Fellow </li></ul><ul><li>Standard Descriptor 3 …….. (No direct link) </li></ul><ul><li>(No direct link) ……… Senior Fellow </li></ul>
  18. 18. Gather, Develop and Disseminate Effective Practice <ul><li>Teaching and Learning Group working on themes such as innovative teaching and learning, assessment etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Management, Leadership and Quality Group working on themes including the management of HE in FE, establishing a HE culture within a FE college, developing a strategy, running exam boards etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly e-briefing on HE in FE </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Example Generic Events <ul><li>HE in FE: An Introduction for New Managers & Course Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Uses & Applications of e-Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Validating Foundation Degrees </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Writing a College HE Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>“Unlocking the Learning Experience” Conference </li></ul>
  20. 20. Sample Resources <ul><li>Assessment DVD </li></ul><ul><li>Playing Cards to support Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Directory of HE in FE (New edition January 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Good Practice guide on running exam boards </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a HE Ethos </li></ul>
  21. 21. How can we work together? <ul><li>Remember - we’re there for you !! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Please let colleagues know about the Higher Education Academy and the Subject Centres. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Please let us know how you’d like the HE in FE Enhancement Programme and the Subject Centres to help. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But, in addition, </li></ul><ul><li>Please let us know: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>if you have developed, implemented or practiced any new approaches, or altered any existing ones… </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Thank you Comments, questions, suggestions? [email_address] [email_address]