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This project will pilot the use of Viewpoints Project outputs across a number of different FE and HE institutions. 2. The project partners will share their experiences and perspectives from these pilots in order to identify key benefits and opportunities for enhancement. 3. The project will revise the existing Viewpoints resources and effectively disseminate them to the HE / FE and informal education sectors by means of a management briefing report, a series of regional briefing workshops and a facilitator training Open Educational Resource.

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This project will pilot the use of Viewpoints Project outputs across a number of different FE and HE institutions.

The project partners will share their experiences and perspectives from these pilots in order to identify key benefits and opportunities for enhancement.

The project will revise the existing Viewpoints resources and effectively disseminate them to the HE / FE and informal education sectors by means of a management briefing report, a series of regional briefing workshops and a facilitator training Open Educational Resource.POutputs Outcomes

Project Outputs and Outcomes

  • Social media posts (ongoing: blog, twitter etc.)
  • Provide forum for the sector to input and engage with the project.
  • “Benefits Realisation CAMEL” meetings Development of institutional strategies to align
  • Viewpoints workshops with institutional academic and curriculum development processes.
  • Pilot Institution Viewpoints facilitator workshops
  • Development of staff (and student) capacity as viewpoints facilitators and champions within each pilot institution.
  • Pilot Institution curriculum development workshops (at least four per pilot institution: September – January 2013)
  • Curriculum designs and enhancement plans for sample course teams;
  •  Stakeholder reflections of the benefits and issues associated with the Viewpoints process (digital stories).
  • Benefits Realisation review of pilots
  • Evaluation of the relevance and applicability of the Viewpoints process and associated resources for use in a range of HE and FE contexts.
  • Management Briefing Report
  • Increased awareness among senior managers of the cultural and educational benefits of the Viewpoints process and how it can be integrated into institutional processes and aligned with key educational agendas.
  • Multimedia Viewpoints facilitator training OER package available via Netskills
  • Provide institutions with capacity building resource to support adoption and embedding of Viewpoints.
  • Revised Viewpoints workshop resources (cards, worksheets etc.) deposited in JISC Design Studio.
  • Provide the sector with “free to use” resources that can be customised to meet local needs through the use of creative commons licensing.
  • Regional Viewpoints facilitator training workshops (co-ordinated by Netskills)

Project Background

The Viewpoints project has created themed workshops and reflective resources to inform, inspire and help teachers, support staff and learners plan effective curriculum designs.

These are focused around four main areas: assessment and feedback, information skills, learner engagement and creativity in the curriculum. Each theme is underpinned by wellestablished pedagogical approaches and has been designed to help teams build ideas towards a more student-centred curriculum design model. They provide a series of simple, user-friendly reflective tools/prompts that promote a creative and effective approach to the curriculum design process and help them think about important stages for their students at different points on the learner timeline.

The project outputs have brought together principles and examples of best practice to inform and inspire the practitioner and help them to plan and share curriculum designs and strategies.

In addition to supporting effective and innovative curriculum (re)designs, the use of Viewpoints resources has delivered a number of social benefits for course design teams in the areas of enhanced reflection, team building, facilitating conversations and shared decision-making.

This project will formally pilot the use of Viewpoints Project outputs in a range of FE and HE institutions to capture an extended cross-section of stakeholder perspectives on the benefits and opportunities offered by the use of the Viewpoints resources. These benefits will then be packaged in a number of formats (Management Guide, Digital Stories) along with capacity building tools (facilitator training workshop and an online course) to inform and support the following audiences across the HE and FE sectors:

  • academic staff developers and librarians – provide a suite of free to use resources and workshop formats;
  • teachers – promote a creative and inclusive approach to curriculum design;
  • learners – provide inclusive resources that permit learner participation in the curriculum planning and review processes;
  • course directors – environment that promotes a team based approach to curriculum design, encourages sharing of ideas and shared decision making;
  • educational managers – provide case studies of how Viewpoints resources can support institutional initiatives in the areas of assessment and feedback, digital literacy and social learning in addition to course design, validation and review.

The project team will work closely with JISC, the RSC network, Netskills, SEDA, SCONUL and Students Union networks to ensure that these benefits and support resources are effectively disseminated to these key stakeholder groups.

The use of plain English and universal concepts make this project relevant to a broad range of educational applications (level and subject), to include, collaborative course provisions and informal education providers.

  • Raised profile and awareness of the (revised) Viewpoints process and resources and their potential benefits for the sector.

Project Staff

Project Manager:
  • Dr Alan Masson, Head of Technology Facilitated Learning, University of Ulster, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, BT37 0QB, Tel: 028 90366064 aj.masson@ulster.ac.uk

     

Summary
Start date
1 May 2012
End date
30 April 2013
Funding programme
e-Learning programme
Strand
JISC e-Learning Embedding Benefits Programme
Project website
Lead institutions

University of Ulster

Partner institutions

University of Greenwich
University of Dundee
Manchester Metropolitan University
Nottingham University
Belfast Metropolitan College
South Eastern Regional College
JISC Netskills
JISC RSCni
SEDA
SCONUL

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