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Developing and implementing a cross-college student-led HE academic community to support and improve academic and professional skills. Dr Miodrag Ivanovic Sharon Stone. University of Hertfordshire International Blended Learning Conference June 2012. Rationale behind our project.

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Developing and implementing a cross-college student-led HE academic community to support and improve academic and professional skills.

Dr Miodrag Ivanovic

Sharon Stone

University of Hertfordshire International Blended Learning Conference June 2012

rationale behind our project
Rationale behind our project

As John Stuart Mill stated:

The object of universities is not to make skilful lawyers, physicians or engineers. It is to make capable and cultivated human beings.

de Botton, A. (2012; 102), Religion for Atheists A non-believer’s guide to the uses of religion, Penguin Group, London

University of Hertfordshire International Blended Learning Conference 2012

he in fe
HE in FE

Barnett (1997) states that the purposes of higher education should not be framed entirely around narrow vocational agendas…

The world of work calls for flexibility, adaptability and self-reliance to be able to support students in teaching and research, critical inquiry.

The learning process should be collaborative in nature, almost partnership alliances. Group projects, structured debates and student-to-student interaction by means of the internet can be very effective.

Barnett, R., (1997) What role for university? The Independent, London available at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/what-role-for-university-1257935.html [Accessed 11 June 2012]

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critical inquiry is essential
Critical inquiry is essential…

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learning and teaching theories
Learning and teaching theories

Smith, M. K. (2003) 'Learning theory', the encyclopedia of informal education, www.infed.org/biblio/b-learn.htm, Last update: May 29, 2012

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levels of participation

Clients

Transactional

Outsiders

Levels of participation

Friends and Alumni

Peripheral

Business Community

Expert and Guest speakers

Occasional

HE Oaklands Academic Community

Active

HNC/HND

HE Students

Support

HE Staff

Core

HE Project owners

Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner (2012), Community of practice, levels of participation, a common picture, available at, http://wenger-trayner.com/resources/slide-forms-of-participation/ [Accessed, 19 May 2012]

how will we do this
How will we do this?

Providing platforms for students to exchange ideas and resources http://academiccommunity.oaklands.ac.uk/

Offering support and advice

Finding funding to reward outstanding work by engaging with the local business community

Managing co-operation between the main external and internal Oaklands HE stakeholders

University of Hertfordshire International Blended Learning Conference 2012

staff feedback
Staff feedback

Did you find the site user-friendly, easy to navigate? (1 equals low and 10 is excellent)

Source: Result presented as part of primary research by online survey of Oaklands academic staff November 2011

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which topics or resources do you think are most useful you may select more than one
Which topics or resources do you think are most useful? (You may select more than one)

Source: Result presented as part of primary research by online survey of Oaklands academic staff November 2011

University of Hertfordshire International Blended Learning Conference 2012

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Assess our initiative to improve contact and support between HE students across different programmes (where 1 equals low and 10 is excellent).

Source: Result presented as part of primary research by online survey of Oaklands academic staff November 2011

University of Hertfordshire International Blended Learning Conference 2012

student feedback
Student feedback

Which topics or resources do you think are most useful? (You may select more than one)

Source: Result presented as part of primary research by online survey of Oaklands HE students April 2012

University of Hertfordshire International Blended Learning Conference 2012

do you use any of the following you may select more than one answer
Do you use any of the following? (You may select more than one answer)

Source: Result presented as part of primary research by online survey of Oaklands HE students April 2012

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Do you use or would you use appropriate recommended Apps on your phone (or iPod/iPad) if recommended to support your studies?

Source: Result presented as part of primary research by online survey of Oaklands HE students April 2012

University of Hertfordshire International Blended Learning Conference 2012

future challenges
Future challenges

To get students engaged with and using the site

To get staff engaged with and using the site

Management of the site by students

Access via mobile devices

Engage with business community (adverts, work-based learning opportunities, financial support)

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conclusion
Conclusion
  • Essence of this project is to enhance, encourage communication between, and develop our HE students academic and professional standards
  • A challenging task to achieve the main aims of the project - especially regarding ownership of the main ideas
  • Recognition: IQER Feedback (May 2012)

Provisional good practice

The Summative review team has provisionally identified the following features of good practice:

·         the development of the overarching virtual higher education community promotes awareness of the scope of higher education provision and enables sharing of effective practice across curricula.

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the future challenge
...the future challenge

Look to the past to help create the future. Look to science and to poetry. Combine innovation and interpretation. We need the best of both. And it is universities that best provide them.

Faust, D.G (2010) The Role of the University in a Changing World, available at http://www.harvard.edu/president/role-university-changing-world, [Accessed 5 June 2012]

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any questions discussion
Any Questions?Discussion

Miodrag.Ivanovic@oaklands.ac.uk

Sharon.Stone@oaklands.ac.uk

Web: http://academiccommunity.oaklands.ac.uk

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/OakHE

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OakHE

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/oak-he/51/a65/178

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