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Current Developments in Engineering Education: A View from LTSN Engineering. John Dickens and Sarah Williamson LTSN Engineering. Overview. National Context Examples of LTSN activity What next ?. The L earning and T eaching S upport N etwork Established January 2000

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Current developments in engineering education a view from ltsn engineering

Current Developments in Engineering Education:A View from LTSN Engineering

John Dickens and Sarah Williamson

LTSN Engineering

EPC Congress, University of Surrey, 15 April 2003


Overview

Overview

  • National Context

  • Examples of LTSN activity

  • What next ?

EPC Congress, University of Surrey, 15 April 2003


What is the ltsn

The Learning and Teaching Support Network

Established January 2000

24 subject centres + Generic Centre

~£8M/annum over an initial 5 year period

What is the LTSN?

  • Networking

  • Promotion and sharing of good practices L&T

  • Knowledge brokerage

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Student diversity

Student Diversity

  • Changes in school curriculum

  • Maths Skills

  • Falling applications mean we recruit from a more diverse pool

  • Widening Participation

  • Implications of SENDA

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Recruitment

Recruitment

Home Acceptances

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Changing structure in heis

Changing Structure in HEIs

  • LTSN Engineering contacts database – changes 2000 – 2002

    • ~ 275 departments 2000

    • ~ 250 departments 2002

  • Downsizing of departments

  • Departments merging to become Schools, etc

  • Pulling out of engineering in particular disciplines and, in some cases, completely

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Funding for l t projects

Funding for L&T Projects

  • Teaching and Learning Technology Programme (TLTP)

  • Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL)

  • HE Innovations Fund

  • Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF)

    What impact has this had on the

    student learning experience?

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Current activity

Current Activity

  • Widening Participation

  • Disability

  • Flexible Delivery

  • Curriculum Development

  • Assessment

  • Problem-based Learning

  • Project-based Learning

  • Learning Technologies

  • Student Retention and Motivation

  • Personal Development Planning (PDP)

  • Maths

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Widening participation

Widening Participation

50 % of 18-30 year olds into HE by 2010

  • Foundation Degrees

  • Encouraging women into engineering:

    Balance project – www.balance.ac.uk

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Disability

Disability

SENDA legislation now in effect

  • LTSN Engineering Disability Guide

  • Disability projects

    • Assessment

    • Engineering Sign Language Glossary

    • Web Based Audit Tool

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Flexible delivery

Flexible Delivery

Increasing student diversity

  • Student-centred Learning:

    SLICE project – www.plymouth.ac.uk/SLICE

  • Open and Distance Learning

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Curriculum development

Curriculum Development

Learning outcomes and abilities of graduates

  • LTSN Engineering Guide to using the benchmark statements

  • EPC Output Standards

  • QAA Benchmark Statements due for revision

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Assessment

Assessment

Key issue

  • Increased use of CAA

    • e3an project – www.e3an.ac.uk

  • Emphasis on formative feedback

  • Changes to SARTOR – input  output standards

    • Assessment of Output Standards

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Project based learning

Project-based Learning

Core component of engineering programmes

  • PBLE and Project Squared

    www.pble.ac.uk and www.projectsquared.org

  • LTSN Engineering Guide to ‘Assessment of Individuals in Teams’

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Learning technologies

Learning Technologies

Meeting the changing expectations of students

  • Access to learning and teaching resources

    SearchLT engineering – www.searchlt.engineering.ac.uk

  • Evaluation of computer based material:

    EASEIT-Eng – www.easeit-eng.ac.uk

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Student retention

Student Retention

Fines for not meeting retention rates

  • Government priority area

  • Motivating students through interactive lectures, etc

  • PROGRESS and SPAT projects

    www.hull.ac.uk/engprogressandwww.spat.ac.uk

  • LTSN Eng Guide to ‘Retention’ in development

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Personal development planning

Personal Development Planning

To be available to all students by 2005

Recording achievement and reflective learners

  • Rapid – http://rapid.lboro.ac.uk

  • LTSN Engineering PDP resource in development

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Maths

Maths

Continues to be a major issue

  • LTSN MathsTEAM project

    • Diagnostic Testing, Student Support, Teaching Maths in Context

      www.ltsn.ac.uk/mathsteam

  • mathcentre –

    the UK Maths Learning Support Centre

    www.mathcentre.ac.uk

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The white paper

The White Paper

  • Widening Participation (50%) reaffirmed with more funding, more emphasis on retention (fines?), but NOT new money?

  • Declared intention to reward excellent teaching. Centres of Teaching Excellence, 70 centres @ £500k p.a. for 5 yrs + £2M capital. NEW Money

  • National Teaching Academy

    (LTSN + ILT(HE) + HESDA)

  • Teaching qualification by 2006 for new staff

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Centres of teaching excellence

Centres of Teaching Excellence

  • No criteria for award or expected outcomes have been defined

  • Subject-based?

  • Themed-based?

  • What do they deliver and when?

  • What happens when the money stops?

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Impact

Impact

  • Raising awareness of issues

  • Resources

  • Networks

  • Influencing policy and practice

  • Reactive

  • Proactive

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