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Activity-Led Learning – an example

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A presentation at the Quicker Steps to Employment project seminar held at Coventry University (UK) on 9th October 2012

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Activity-Led Learning – an example

  1. 1. Nuoret nopeammin työelämään -hanke ”A paradigm shift in pedagogy for enhancing graduate employability” Activity-Led Learning – an example Ursula Rutherford Research student Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University
  2. 2. Outline• The Integrated project• Real world context• Group work• Assessment• Competences• Module evaluation & development• Research methods
  3. 3. The Integrated ProjectWho: Dept. Civil Engineering, Architecture & Building 220 students (groups of 8) 8 staffWhat: capstone (10 ECTS) real-world, authentic substantial projectPurpose: integrate disciplines apply knowledge develop professional skills deep learning
  4. 4. Integrated Project – real world contextThe briefThe siteThe consultantsThe tender bid
  5. 5. Integrated Project – presenting a design
  6. 6. Integrated Project – group work• Group formation - selection• International - virtual
  7. 7. Assessment• Phase 1: prepare preliminary design proposals and a written submission of the contractor’s proposal• Phase2: develop the preferred preliminary design and confirm the design proposal and submit parts of a full tender submission• Groupwork v. Individual (50/50)• Peer assessment• Self assessment & Reflection
  8. 8. Competences – some examples
  9. 9. Self-efficacy & Reflection• Questionnaire + Report• How & when
  10. 10. Real world experience• Group work• Reliance on others  group relying on you• Communication• Unclear goals• Multi-disciplinary• Room to make mistakes• all very important features for supporting employability
  11. 11. Module evaluation 2011-2012Overall pass rate – 99.6%Student satisfaction - Improvement in stats• Staff teaching on this module are enthusiastic about what they are teaching - 85% (+ 6%)• Staff teaching on this module are good at explaining things clearly - 83% (+9%)• Feedback on any returned work has been useful to develop my understanding of the module content- 70% (-5%)• Overall the quality of this module is satisfactory – 81% (+1%)
  12. 12. Student satisfaction
  13. 13. Development of the moduleChanges support competency development & broadening of the spectrum of competences 2010: open-door policy 2011: consultants & surgeries 2012: forum for consultancy 2010: Assigned to groups 2011: Self-selected half teams 2010: Domestic groups 2011: International teams  virtual meetings
  14. 14. Research methods• Module satisfaction survey• Observational ethnography• Interviews • Students • Staff • graduates• Self-efficacy questionnaire (NEW)

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