Inter-disciplinary learning for the work-based student


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Slides for the presentation by Caroline Coles (De Montfort University) at LILAC10.

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Inter-disciplinary learning for the work-based student

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