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Accreditation and Validation flexible and responsive systems. Helen Rowe Acting Head of Department Department of Clothing Design and Technology Manchester Metropolitan University. Definitions.

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accreditation and validation flexible and responsive systems

Accreditation and Validationflexible and responsive systems

Helen Rowe

Acting Head of Department

Department of Clothing Design and Technology

Manchester Metropolitan University

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definitions
Definitions

ACCREDITATION – the assigning of academic credit to a course of study. This credit needs to have a value and a level.

VALIDATION – the process by which a course of study is scrutinised and ultimately approved. This is, in effect, a quality assurance process.

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Definitions

Flexible and responsive ?

How fast can institutions be in taking courses to validation and what variations to process can be achieved without endangering quality ?

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typical process to validation
Typical process to validation
  • What is to be approved ?
  • Gathering of market intelligence
  • Submission of proposal for strategic approval
  • Strategic approval
  • At Faculty level
  • Consultation at University level
  • Including full partnership approval process if a collaborative initiative

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Academic scrutiny
  • Decision on type of event
  • Formal planning meetings
  • Production of documentation
  • Constitution of an Approvals Panel with internal and external members
  • Approval event – with full report
  • Meeting of conditions
  • Final sign-off – the course is validated

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developing an open professional programme opp

Developing an Open Professional Programme (OPP)

Within the Department of Clothing Design and Technology, Hollings Faculty, Manchester Metropolitan University

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background and impetus
Background and impetus
  • Long history of short courses
  • Strong links with industry
  • Commitment to staff development
  • Increasing value of academic credit
  • Higher Level Skills Pathfinder (HLSP) bid
  • Engagement with FE Colleges

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challenges
Challenges
  • Fast track validation
  • Small credit value units
  • Working with others
  • Documentation
    • OPP Specification and Draft Definitive Document
    • Validated units of varying subject matter, level and credit value
    • Approved Awards Supplement

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the event 17 th december 2008
The Event - 17th December 2008
  • Constitution of the panel and the team
  • Main focus of the questions
  • Outcome and time restriction for conditions to be met

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conditions and recommendations
Conditions and Recommendations
  • Collaborative agreements / financial details
  • Special regulatory considerations to put to ADC
  • Some rewording of Definitive Document and Programme Spec
  • Process for approving named awards through FADC
  • Over-arching Business Plan
  • Formal agreements in place where delivery to take place on employer premises (eg health & safety issues)

Recommendations related to induction ; academic advisor role ; learning resources ; innovative assessment etc

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implementation and the future of the opp
Implementation and the future of the OPP
  • Immediate considerations following validation :
    • Short term enrolment of students
    • Appropriate access to resources
  • Expansion within Hollings - New units ; New titles
  • Roll-out across other faculties
  • Streamlining of the Approval process at MMU
  • Embedding of the OPP into the vocabulary of the university

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thank you

Thank you

Helen Rowe

MSc BSc (Hons) Ctext FTI FHEA

Acting Head of Department- Clothing Design and Technology

Hollings Faculty

MMU

[email protected]

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