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Ug flex project info sheet 19.7.12


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Ug flex project info sheet 19.7.12

  1. 1. In 2009 the UG-FLEX project set out to reveal and enhance curriculum development processes in order to support a more agile and diverse curriculum underpinned by integrated systems. A series of stakeholder workshops involving staff from across the institution revealed problems related to the management of the curriculum and curriculum-related information. School practice is too Flexible study at Greenwich is a Our QA processes are too onerous and The student records system stops us from varied to systematise. cottage industry and is not scalable inflexible developing new courses INFORMATION SYSTEMS Marketing never have up-to-date information on our courses We need a better way for students to enrol on and pay for short courses Central systems are totally chaotic STUDENT RECORDS MARKETING so we have developed our own PROGRAMME TEAMS school-based practice Staff effort is not recognised orWe have to chase information constantly. rewardedThere is no version control of QA docs. We have to edit and retype everything for the website For 3 years we worked with stakeholders to find and support interventions that could make a real difference. The results include: Improved capacity for flexibility following the adoption by Academic Council of Improvements to Quality Assurance records and planning. proposals to introduce an academic calendar consisting of trimesters of equal Changes to the Student Records Systems so that programmes are length from 2013/14. organised by start month, giving more accurate & useful information. A cross-institutional, interdisciplinary forum to plan, scrutinise & implement change and promote continuous improvement to processes & systems. New curriculum design tools to help programme teams in review. A commitment to a strategic approach to information literacy training for staff. Lessons Learned ● Our systems reflect underlying principles and practices — and so effective systems depend on effective principles and practices ● Joined up systems need accurate data ● Communication and planning is an essential ingredient of curriculum change ● Flexibility needs boundaries other- wise you have chaos ● Institutional change is possible
  2. 2. UG-Flex Project: Stakeholder FeedbackRAISED EXPECTATIONS “...there is a snowball rolling that we never had before...We have actually got this idea of continuous improvement built intothe process...people are now expecting changes….looking for changes where they weren’t before.” Head of Department (2012)BETTER COMMUNICATION “….This forum has been very good….it is completely multi-disciplinary in that it has got people from every-where and it is able to discuss every perspective in one place…..and conversations can run....It is not a committee… has been a forum thatis quite unique. (Discussion at UG-Flex Project Group Meeting April 2012)ENHANCED STUDENT RECORDS “Now all the reports, all the web pages all bring out the start months so that youcan easily track if you are starting that programme three or four times a year. Before you couldn’t separate them youjust had a big wodge of all these people…” “…you had an impossible job actually. You had all the same people on thesame [programme code] seeing the same version of Moodle or Web CT….” “It was a relatively simple change to makebut it is nice to hear it has a real impact.” (Head of Department talking to Head of Student Records Systems)VISION OF LONG TERM CHANGE “...we know now what it is we’ve got to do, we just have to do 5 years time Iwould be really disappointed if we couldn’t actually say well that came out of UG-FLEX.” (Head of Planning & Statistics)ACADEMIC CALENDAR “For me the biggest benefit is this understanding… that our underlying academic calendar doesn’t fit, doesn’t allow flexibility.That for me is the biggest recognition.” (Head of Student Records Systems)CHANGED ORGANISATIONAL MINDSET / ATTITUDES “We’ve made a journey from learned helplessness to a sense that actually we can take some control andwe can make things happen….. It was an idea a minute but actually people were sitting there saying we can’t get the actual day-to-day things to work….Despite all the rhetoric Greenwich reallywasn’t delivering the day-to-day business or really thinking what all this partnership and flexibility was about. We were very good at having little working parties that told us why we reallycouldn’t do things……..UG Flex came along and people started to systematically try to work through and disentangle and pull out some of those issues and look at them in a systematic way . In asense everybody grew up but everybody grew up from very different positions…..I think people started to grow up and grow together…. That is actually quite a big change. It sounds very airy fairybut it is not, it is quite solid.” (Director of Information & Library Services & Project Director (2008-April 2012)