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Personal Learning Portal Project

Personal Learning Portal Project

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Personal Learning Portal Project

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  1. Personal Learning Portal Project A Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) project with a focus on supporting transition for ‘non-traditional’ learners (on-going)

  2. So what is a portal? “portals bring relevant information together and provide access to this through a common point of access, an essential task in these days of ever increasing information overload”

  3. Collaboration • No funding without collaboration! • University of Kent was a logical partner • Existing relationships • Shared client group of local ‘non-traditional’ learners • Oxford Brookes University had an e-portfolio system which JISC preferred us to use

  4. Setting Up the project • A group was formed between University of Kent and ourselves, meeting face-to- face • Working at a distance with Oxford Brookes • Mixture of technical and pedagogical knowledge in the group

  5. Preparation of People • Identifying student groups within local FE institutions to be involved in the project • Access to HE and Access to Health courses • South Kent College • Making contact with staff in ‘partner’ institutions to gain agreement

  6. Preparation of Portal • Gathering together of study skills support material with University of Kent • Familiarisation with e-portfolio tool from Oxford Brookes • Sorting out authentication and other technical bits!

  7. A Single Route to Resources

  8. PLP – e-Portfolio Tool

  9. Study Skills Evaluations and Materials •

  10. What did we do? • Invited relevant lecturers from South Kent College into CCCU for introduction to portal • Asked them to allocate timetable slots for introduction to student groups • Asked them to introduce the use of the Personal Development Planning facility during individual tutorials

  11. Potential Outcomes • too early to tell but hope they will be: • support of transition in terms of developing graduate skills • improve retention as learners ‘better’ prepared for HE • start of understanding the skills needed for personal development planning • improved achievement as a result of ‘better’ preparation

  12. Lessons learned • incorporation of untested technology (and working at a distance from originator) makes life hard • effective relationships between project team and FE lecturers is very important • it all takes longer than you think • delayed introduction to first groups probably effected engagement of both staff and students • embedding into programmes is essential

  13. The On-going Work • students are being ‘tracked’ into HE • Orientation Days are a direct result of the project as a ‘pay-back’ for the students • to develop an exit strategy • shared online resources available for everyone • further resources being developed to reflect graduate skills (rather than key skills)