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Flexible Provision: Rising to Challenges in Learning and Teaching - An Institutional Context


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Presentation by Professor Simon Haslett at the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2015 at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen Campus.

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Flexible Provision: Rising to Challenges in Learning and Teaching - An Institutional Context

  1. 1. Flexible Provision: Rising to Challenges in Learning and Teaching An Institutional Context Professor Simon Haslett Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, 8th May 2015 University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen @ProfSHaslett #uwtsdlte2015
  2. 2. Croeso Welcome • Health and Safety • Live streaming: teaching-conference-2015.php • Social media: Twitter hashtag #uwtsdlte2015 • Conference Programme • Learning, Teaching and Enhancement Committee (LTEC) • Learning, Teaching and Enhancement Strategy (LTES) • Enhancement Unit • Future Directions (FD) and Enhancement Theme
  3. 3. LTE Committee Student Experience Technology Enhanced Learning Faculties Student Services FE Partners Library & Learning Resources Students’ Union Enhancement Groups LTE Committee
  4. 4. LTE Strategy Professional Recognition Research and Scholarship Professional Development • Institutional mission, vision and strategic plan • Three overlapping pillars • Focused on staff and students • Building capacity and resource • Recognising and celebrating experience and expertise • Beacon of excellence in learning and teaching
  5. 5. 1 Professional Recognition HEA Fellowship PGCE tHE PCET/PCE MA PDET CPD Route • UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) • Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship • HEA accreditation • Aspirational professional recognition aim of 100% of academic and learning support staff • Support ‘Student Led Teaching Awards’
  6. 6. 2 Professional Development • CPD route to HEA Fellowship • Professional development mapped to the UKPSF • UWTSD events: • School/Faculty events • Seminars and conferences • Lunch ‘n Learn sessions • External and international events and communities, e.g. • Future Directions • Higher Education Academy (HEA) • Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) From
  7. 7. 3 Research and Scholarship Research- informed Teaching Research Scholarship Professional Practice • The University’s Mission states that “The education we deliver, underpinned by high quality research, will be distinctive”. • Scholarship of learning and teaching and pedagogic research culture • Research-informed teaching • Launch Learning and Teaching Journal • Establish Enhancement Groups to develop R&S excellence in areas of strategic priorities • Audit R&S at Level 6 & 7 teaching • Promote undergraduate research
  8. 8. Enhancement Groups Linked to strategic priorities: 1. Bilingual education 2. Skills, Enterprise and Employability 3. Sustainable Development 4. Technology Enhanced Learning 5. Research-teaching links 6. And more, it’s over to you … From
  9. 9. Enhancement Unit • Supports LTEC and the implementation of the LTES, working collaboratively in promoting, coordinating and monitoring: • HEA Accreditation and Fellowship Recognition Panel • Learning and teaching professional development activity • Future Directions and Enhancement Theme activity • Scholarship of learning and teaching, and pedagogic research • A Learning and Teaching Journal • Enhancement Groups linked to strategic priorities • Audits of research and scholarship currency of staff teaching at Levels 6 and 7 • Research in undergraduate student learning e.g. BCUR, Student Researcher • Communication tools and resources, such as website, Moodle, etc
  10. 10. Future Directions • Owned by the Welsh HE sector, planned and directed by the Future Directions Steering Group which is coordinated by the HEA • encompasses the quality enhancement work being carried out in the Welsh HE sector • aims to enhance specific areas of the student learning experience • encourages academic and support staff and students collectively to share current good practice • generates ideas and models for innovation in learning and teaching • Inaugural Conference at Glyndwr University, 2012 • Second Conference at Aberystwyth University, 2014 • Current enhancement theme Global Graduates: Enabling Flexible Learning • Three new work strands: (1) Distinctive Graduates, (2) Inspiring Teaching, (3) Learner Journeys • • Next Conference April 2016 – venue to be confirmed.
  11. 11. Works Strand Group Membership UWTSD FD Work Strand Groups UWTSD FD Institutional Team Future Directions (FD) Steering Group Dean LTE Dean of LTE (Chair) UWTSD FD Work Strand Leaders Student Representative Distinctive Graduates (Leader: Jacqui Jones) One representative from: Each Faculty/Colleges Students Union Appropriate Support Departments Inspiring Teaching (Leader: Errietta Bissa) One representative from: Each Faculty/Colleges Students Union Appropriate Support Departments Learner Journeys (Leader: Liz Wilson) One representative from: Each Faculty/Colleges Students Union Appropriate Support Departments
  12. 12. Enhancement Themes • UWTSD Enhancement Themes have, in the past, been linked to Future Directions themes and cycles: • Students as Partners (2012) • Distinctive Graduates (2013-14) • Flexible Provision (2014-2016) • For the next cycle however, the Enhancement Theme will be: • Life Design (2016-2018)
  13. 13. Flexible Provision Theme • What the Learning, Teaching and Enhancement Strategy says: • Aligned with the Future Directions (FD) theme and works strands and will make a significant contribution to FD activity. • Relevant to the development of the SA1 campus and models of delivery. • Explores flexible, blended and distance learning routes, and linked to Technology Enhanced Learning. • Addresses aspects of widening access to higher education. • Informs student participation, retention and part-time study. • Rising to some challenges in learning and teaching: • Learning spaces • Facilitating learning • Improving the student learning experience Diolch Thank you