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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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