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New Development in Placement Learning (Politics ). Dr Emma Heron Politics Placement Module Leader Politics Subject Group Leader. Welcome. Background to the workshop: r evalidation and the external examiner e mployability and the HE curriculum a community of practitioners. Today’s goals.

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new development in placement learning politics

New Development in Placement Learning (Politics)

Dr Emma Heron

Politics Placement Module Leader

Politics Subject Group Leader

welcome
Welcome

Background to the workshop:

  • revalidation and the external examiner
  • employability and the HE curriculum
  • a community of practitioners
today s goals
Today’s goals
  • us: who we are and why we are here
  • discussions: ideas, problems and solutions
  • taking things forward: support network
employability in he
Employability in HE
  • KIS / DLHE – drivers for university curriculum
  • work-based learning an important curriculum dimension
  • ‘offer’, fees, economics
  • ‘exit velocity’, aspiration, confidence
  • pressure to get it right!
our revalidation
Our revalidation
  • determination to radically alter the student experience around employability
  • employability spine throughout the 3 years
  • level 5 & WRL/WBL
  • ‘mandatory choice’
  • roll out of level 4 (2011-12); levels 5 & 6 (2012-13)
student choice
Student choice
  • 50 credits placement, or
  • 30 credits project management + 2 options, or
  • 10 credits work-related learning + 4 options
  • 19 politics students opting for placement in 2012-13 (30% of cohort)
politics placement
Politics placement
  • 50 credits
  • second semester, second year
  • 8 weeks / 200 hours
  • unpaid
  • first roll-out January 2013
assessment
assessment

Assessment: 2 pieces of course work plus an employer’s report:

  • 1000 word project plan
  • 6000 word webfolio
    • review of tasks undertaken during the placement
    • role of politics in the experience of the workplace
    • reflective account of the skills developed
    • slides for a 10 minute presentation about experience
  • The employer will provide a report on attendance and performance whilst on placement which will be awarded a pass/fail mark

Structured support towards assessment in the form of a workbook

process
process
  • choose option stream in Level 4 (April)
  • placement area request form (1st to 3rd choice) (May)
  • placement team/ employer engagement team/academic contacts - match (summer)
  • placement team oversee self-organising (summer/autumn)
  • confirmation of match (mid October)
  • University liaison with provider (prior to summer & autumn)
  • commencement of placement (January/February)
s tudent expectations
student expectations
  • an insight into working life in a related area of my prospective career.
  • some skills which are more applicable in working life in comparison to some I have developed whilst at uni
  • I hope that whoever I shadow or follow can help provide an environment that is both as relevant as it can be whilst I am learning about the job.
c hallenges to come
challenges to come....
  • making them happen
  • managing expectations
  • monitoring progress
  • making them meaningful
  • marking assessed work
  • ensuring sustainability
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New Development in Placement Learning (Politics)

Dr Emma Heron

Politics Placement Module Leader

Politics Subject Group Leader