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Loretta Newman-Ford - Academic Development Specialist, Cardiff Metropolitan University Andrew Haldane - Project Manager, Cardiff Metropolitan University Professor Tony Toole - Director, e-College.ac Ltd; Visiting Professor. Embedding The Work Based Learning Maturity Toolkit in Wales.

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embedding the work based learning maturity toolkit in wales

Loretta Newman-Ford - Academic Development Specialist, Cardiff

  • Metropolitan University
  • Andrew Haldane - Project Manager, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Professor Tony Toole - Director, e-College.ac Ltd; Visiting Professor

Embedding The Work Based Learning Maturity Toolkit in Wales

what is it
What is it?

A toolkit designed to help education providers:

  • Assess current performance/‘maturity’ in work-based learning.
  • Identify areas for development/enhancement in WBL and the “enablers” and “barriers” for achieving objectives.
  • Recommend future actions
  • Plan their change management.
where did it come from
Where did it come from?
  • JISC-funded "benefits realisation" project involving:
      • ELRAH / Edinburgh Napier / Telford College
      • University of Bradford
      • Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC)
      • University of Westminster
      • Craven College

- facilitated by Prof Peter Chatterton of Daedalus e-World

  • Embedded research and outcomes/outputs of the JISC lifelong learning/workforce development programme
why is it needed
Why is it needed?
  • Future Directions themes – ‘Learning in Work’, ‘Learning for Work’
  • Welsh Government ‘For our Future: A 21st Century Higher Education Plan for Wales’ (2009)
  • Greater demand from learners: strategically important
  • To develop good practice and consistency in WBL
what does it look like
What does it look like?
  • Wiki: http://tinyurl.com/wbl-toolkit
what are the toolkit s areas of focus
What are the Toolkit’s areas of focus?
  • Institutional readiness
  • Faculty/school/department readiness
  • Programme design for WBL
  • Programme delivery and assessment for WBL
  • Effective partnerships
  • Quality of the learner experience
  • Effective, usable, accessible technologies
discussion points
Discussion points
  • Is there a need for the Work Based Learning Maturity Toolkit within your own institution?
  • For what purpose could you use the Toolkit?
  • What areas of the Toolkit are you interested in and why?
delivering work based learning improvements dewi project
Delivering Work Based Learning Improvements (DEWI) Project

Collaborative JISC-funded project involving 5 Welsh HEIs, led by Cardiff Met (Swansea Met, Glamorgan, TSD, Glyndŵr)

Sister project to ‘Embedding in Scotland’(project links facilitated by Prof Peter Chatterton)

Aims:

  • Pilot the Work Based Learning (WBL) Maturity Toolkit in a variety of ways
  • Evaluate the Toolkit’s usefulness, completeness, usability.
  • Use outcomes to enhance/update the resource.
  • Encourage further education providers to utilise the Toolkit in the design/delivery/assessment of WBL.
dewi pilot implementations
DEWI pilot implementations
  • Glyndŵr University: used the Toolkit at an institutional level to make judgements about current WBL provision and recommendations about how it could be strengthened. Results we re used to inform a university employability strategy, and institution-wide review of the curriculum.
  • The University of Glamorgan: used the Toolkit to build staff confidence/ competence to effectively embed the Learning Through Employment framework.
  • The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David: focused on the learner experience to ensure that students enrolled on Elevate programmes receive an optimum learning experience and quality support.
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University: explored possible approaches to the development of ‘learning in work’ and ‘learning for work’ opportunities.
  • Swansea Metropolitan University: assessed the preparedness of the institution, faculty and programme for delivery of a new online distance learning course.
  • Wiki: http://tinyurl.com/wbl-toolkit
cardiff metropolitan university
Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Learning in Work ; Application of toolkit in context of undergraduate work placement provision linking to Graduate Attribute development
  • "Future Fit; preparing graduates for the world of work" (CBI, 2009)
    • Employability (78%)
    • Positive attitude (72%)
    • Work Experience (54%)
    • Degree Subject (41%)
    • Degree Classification (28%)
    • University Attended (8%)
cardiff metropolitan university1
Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Learning through Work ; Application of toolkit in context of current practice and possible future opportunities
  • Initial Scan using all criteria
    • Institutional & School readiness
    • Curriculum Design
  • Professional Practice Framework /CWBL
    • School of Management focus at present
    • Essentially a shell framework
    • Scope for wider adoption
slide13

The Development of Online Distance Learning courses in Logistics and Transport using the JISC WBL Maturity Toolkit

Professor Tony Toole

Commercial Services, Mount Pleasant

Swansea SA1 6ED

slide14

Courses validated by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Delivered to British Armed Forces stationed abroad

Plan for Online Distance Learning delivery in the workplace

Use of the Jisc WBL Maturity Toolkit to evaluate Institutional readiness

Assist in the quality assurance and validation of online learning

Use the Dewi project to evaluate the WBL Maturity Toolkit itself

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Project Outcomes

1. Institutional Readiness

2. Faculty/School/Department Readiness

3. Programme Design for WBL

6. Quality of the Learner Experience

slide18

Professor Tony Toole

tony.toole@smu.ac.uk

07964894790

Comments, questions, discussion

summary of dewi project findings
Summary of DEWI project findings

Benefits of the Toolkit:

  • Useful developmental resource
  • Comprehensive checklist for mapping/assessing performance
  • Helps establish a shared understanding of the principles of good practice in WBL.
  • Supports the development of appropriate organisational and business approaches toward WBL.
  • Can enhance learning, teaching and assessment in WBL.
  • Helps to improve the learner experience (e.g. TSD).

Limitations of the Toolkit:

  • Size and complexity of the Toolkit can be ‘daunting’
  • Some sections ‘incomplete’
  • Limited usefulness as a simple checklist/‘tick-box’ exercise
  • Toolkit should serve as a catalyst for reflective analysis and/or discussion around WBL provision.
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Good practice in guiding and supporting work-based learners should:

Provide Pre-entry support to WB Learners

What needs to be done to ensure that WB learners have all the information they need to make informed choices and decisions when applying and preparing for WBL programmes of study?

Jisc

provide pre entry support to wb learners
Online programme information.

Social Networking area for programme (e.g. Facebook Site, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter).

Dedicated online support area for WBL students that supports academic skills development.

Dedicated online synchronous workshops/webinars.

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Provide Pre-entry Support to WB Learners

Putting it into practice Technology options

  • Prepare promotional materials setting out programme content, delivery details and expectations and commitments for WBL.
  • provide information showing progression routes to and from the WBL programme.
  • Provide opportunities for applicants to discuss their CPD/Learning needs with their employers (e.g. through Company Professional Development/Appraisal schemes).
  • Provide pre-entry support services to enable WBL applicants to discuss the programme and their needs at the application stage.
  • Provide resources and support to enable WBL to assess their academic skills and prepare for study.
  • Provide a dedicated contact point/helpline with guaranteed response time

Based on the Viewpoints model: http://www.viewpoints.ulster.ac.uk

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Good practice in guiding and supporting work-based learners should:

Provide Induction for WB Learners

What needs to be done to ensure that WB learners are given a tailored induction to their programme?

Jisc

provide induction for wb learners
Virtual Classroom technologies to run online induction sessions.

Realtime Communication Tools (e.g. SKYPE), Google Hangout) to enable peer support/mentor support.

Institutional VLE to provide access to resources, course information, online discussion tools etc.

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Provide Induction for WB Learners

Putting it into practice Technology options

  • Arrange a tailored induction for WBL that offers flexibility and opportunity to participate online from remote locations if required.
  • Consult Learners in advance to gain insight of the areas they wish covered during induction.
  • Ensure WB Learners have all the information and support they need to participate in online induction (where used).
  • Include induction activities that build confidence and relationships with other WB learners on the programme.
  • Involve input from key learning support staff including library/learning rerource teams, learning technologists/IT support staff, WB mentors etc.
  • Design induction to provide orientation that is both social and academic.

Based on the Viewpoints model: http://www.viewpoints.ulster.ac.uk

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Good practice in guiding and supporting work-based learners should:

Provide ongoing support for WB Learners

What needs to be done to ensure that WB learners have on-going support both from the academic institution and in the workplace to progress in their studies?

Jisc

provide ongoing support for wb learners
Podcasts setting out the range of on-going support available and how to access it.

Podcasts introducing WB mentors and course tutors.

Online bulletin boards that can be used to post messages to key people providing support to WB learners.

Email to send messages to tutors/work-based mentors.

Social networking systems (e.g. Facebook. Twitter feed) for peer support

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Provide ongoing support for WB Learners

Putting it into practice Technology options

  • Prepare guidelines setting out the range of on-course support arrangements in place for WB Learners.
  • Inform WB learners of the range of work-based support available and how to make contact (e.g. work-based mentors and line managers).
  • Ensure IT support is in place during normal academic times and outside of academic times.
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Based on the Viewpoints model: http://www.viewpoints.ulster.ac.uk

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Good practice in guiding and supporting work-based learners should:

Provide Transition and Progression Support for WB Learners

What needs to be done to ensure that WB learners receive transition and progression support between modules and at the end of the programme?

Jisc

provide transition and progression support for wb learners
Online programme/ module information accessible via programme VLE pages.

Social Networking Tools (e.g. SKYPE, Google+) for one-to-one discussions with tutors/mentors/line managers.

Dedicated online synchronous workshops/webinars/ virtual classrooms on next steps or for module induction sessions.

Provide Transition and progression support for WB Learners

Putting it into practice Technology options

  • Provide opportunities for line managers/WB mentors and Tutors to discuss next steps with WB learners at the end of modules.
  • Provide programme structures and signposting to highlight elements of the programme that are core and choice.
  • Provide module inductions.
  • Provide information about credit and level to inform credit accumulation towards named qualifications.
  • Provide opportunities to discuss next steps on completion of the programme with line managers and tutors.

Based on the Viewpoints model: http://www.viewpoints.ulster.ac.uk

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Good practice in guiding and supporting work-based learners should:

Put WB Support Arrangements in Place

What needs to be done to ensure effective work-based support arrangements are in place and communicated to work-based learners?

Jisc

put work based support arrangements in place
Social Networking Tools (e.g. SKYPE, Google+) for one-to-one discussions between mentors and tutors.

Use of VLE or other data sharing tools (e.g. Google+) to share key information, documents and resources

Put Work-based Support Arrangements in Place

Putting it into practice Technology options

  • Work with employers to agree who will provide mentor support to WBL students in the workplace.
  • Provide training for work-based mentors.
  • Set-up mechanisms to share information and communicate with work-based mentors.
  • Invite mentors to attend programme induction events.

Based on the Viewpoints model: http://www.viewpoints.ulster.ac.uk

discussion points1
Discussion points
  • Are any of the DEWI pilot implementations applicable within your own organisation?
  • What other ways could the Toolkit be used? For what purpose?
  • What specific criteria in the Toolkit would you use to achieve your objectives?
  • What could be the benefits/outcomes/outputs of using the WBL Maturity Toolkit in your institution?
  • Would you be interested in using the Viewpoints approach to the Toolkit?