• 1, 2, 3 – A journey of PDP at the University of Wolverhampton

      Lawton, Megan; Purnell, Emma (Aldinhe, 2010-11)
      This paper is a synthesis of the findings of three research projects to identify Personal Development Planning (PDP) progress at the University of Wolverhampton. The three projects look at PDP from a number of perspectives. Firstly, a university-wide e-Portfolio evaluation that explored e-Portfolio practice through the measure of PDP objectives evident in practice - the objectives used within this provide the structure for the discussion within this paper. Secondly, the paper is informed by the Inter/National Coalition for EPortfolio Research INCEPR) project, which involved looking at the facilitating and inhibiting factors affecting the scalability and sustainability of e-Portfolio and e-Portfolio based PDP across the institution. Finally, a Doctoral research project that looked at factors that contribute to engagement with PDP. Aspects of three of these pieces of research were pulled together as part of the Higher Education Academy/National Teaching Fellowship Scheme National Action Research Network On Researching and Evaluating Personal Development Planning and ePortfolio Practice Project (The NTFS NARN project).
    • A little and often: unanticipated outcomes from an ePortfolio evaluation impacting on early identification of risk and non submission of work

      Lawton, Megan; Purnell, Emma (Aldinhe, 2010-03)
      Since 2005 all staff and students within the University of Wolverhampton have had access to an ePortfolio system - PebblePad. In 2007 the University ran a HEA Pathfinder Project 'embedding ePortfolio at level 1' which involved 1800 level 1 learners and 31 members of staff across all academic schools. The staff development activities used to develop teacher capabilities tried to mirror the student experience to great success. The knowledge gained from this project was then taken into a University-wide impact evaluation. The evaluation identified anticipated and unanticipated outcomes of pedagogic processes for personal development planning (PDP) and e-portfolio development. This paper will deal with two key areas: 1 the early identification of risk and 2 the reduction in non-submission of work. This work now feeds into the University's Blended Learning Strategy (2008). The overarching aims of this strategy are to enhance student learning and to improve each student's learning experience. This is articulated via student entitlements of which the following are directly addressed by this work: All students should be entitled to: formative assessment/s opportunities on line with meaningful electronic assessment feedback; have the opportunity to participate in electronic Personal Development Planning (ePDP); The paper will look at how an ePortfolio system was used to develop learner skills, learner support issues and how staff from a central department worked with discipline-based staff to help support their students, finally addressing institutional strategy and support issues.
    • A Virtual "Hello" for the Harrison Learning Centre - A Web-Based Orientation Concept

      Hammerton, Matthew; Granger, Joss (University of Wolverhampton, 2005)
      Discusses a collaborative project involving academics, IT staff and Librarians to create a Web-Based 3D Virtual tour guide for the Harrison Learning Centre at the University of Wolverhampton.
    • Alternative strategies for the development of mathematical thinking amongst undergraduate business studies students within the context of Operations Management

      Hockings, Christine (University of Wolverhampton, 2001)
      Author suggests alternative strategies for the development of mathematical thinking amongst undergraduate business studies students and describes attempts to initiate this and other changes within the context of an undergraduate operations management module and evaluates the effects of the changes on students’ mathematical thinking.
    • An investigation of the structure of, and demand for, learning delivery systems to further enable flexible access and customised provision within postgraduate and continuing professional development programmes in Environmental Science.

      Crossland, Glenys (University of Wolverhampton, 2002)
      Within the context of Lifelong Learning it has been increasingly recognised that the new constituencies of learners now entering Higher Education (HE) will place different demands than hitherto upon the institutions and the programmes delivered. In the Division of Environmental and Analytical Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton (UW), it has also been noted that the typical participant profile for some award programmes is increasingly reflecting this national trend. This has been growing particularly within the masters programmes where the significant numbers of post- experience candidates render the cohorts much more disparate than previously in their needs and demands from the course provision. The growing importance of demand-led provision has been further driven by an increase in the upskilling needs of the regional economies which, in turn, are generating an influx of new constituencies of learners into HE. For the West Midlands region, and for UW, this is a particularly important issue given their joint commitment to economic and social regeneration, and the latter’s role as a major employer in the region. Locally, this is a particularly pertinent issue for the field of Environmental Sciences where there have been clear statements of need regarding the development and management of the environmental economy. (Advantage West Midlands 2000). The project was intended, initially, to gather data, which would inform future provision for the following masters award programmes: Land Reclamation; Environmental Science; Environmental Management; Environmental Technology.
    • Best practice guide for the design of ePDP tasks

      Brett, Paul; Lawton, Megan; Purnell, Emma (Higher Education Academy, 2008-03-01)
    • Best practice guide for the retreat model of staff development to design ePDP tasks

      Brett, Paul; Lawton, Megan; Purnell, Emma (Higher Education Academy, 2008-03-01)
    • Catalogue shopping: the power of the OPAC

      Ordidge, Irene; Edwards, Ann; McNutt, Vince; Oddy, Elizabeth; Thomas, Curwen (University of Wolverhampton, 2003)
    • Developing materials and motivating Deaf Learners to read and write English via the internet

      Lawton, Megan (Charles University in Prague, The Karolinum Press, 2000-09)
    • Developing the information skills agenda

      Ordidge, Irene (University of Wolverhampton, 2001)
      Technological advances by the database creators of the late 60’s and early 70’s enabled the ‘information explosion’ to be managed and accessed. Information professionals developed specialist skills to explore these bibliographic resources on-line. A decade later, as attitudes changed and resources became more accessible, a parallel agenda of user education programmes was being developed by librarians. The information skills agenda took shape across schools, colleges and Higher Education institutions and a skills hand-over began. The curriculum focussed on access to print resources initially to support the shift to resource-based and flexible learning initiatives. The rapid developments in desktop information technology in the late 80’s and 90’s brought the two developments closer together. It enabled information professionals, already supporting the development of user information skills, to include access to bibliographic databases and electronic resources on CD-ROM and on-line.
    • Dyslexia: a holistic review of the strengths and difficulties

      Amesbury, Liz (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      The field of dyslexia has often been subject to controversy and contradictions, whether this has been through media reports of reported cures or through the ongoing debate about whether dyslexia exists. This paper will explore the evidence for co-ocurring syndromes to demonstrate how dyslexia can be seen as part of a wider spectrum of specific learning difficulties. The social model of dyslexia will also be examined, which emphasises the role of society in limiting those with specific learning difficulties as well as recognising the talents and strengths that are often present. The possibility of unifying these theories to provide a coherent understanding of specific learning difficulties will also be explored.
    • Dyslexic learners and learning centre provision - could do better?

      Pritchard, Oliver (University of Wolverhampton, 2002)
      Learning Centre staff at the University of Wolverhampton generally have good awareness of disability issues and try to ensure services and facilities are accessible to a wide range of users. However, little work had been done directly with users to explore their views of our services and the problems they might face when using them. The research targeted dyslexic learners as the University has a relatively large population of students with this disability. In addition many of our services rely on an ability to cope with printed and electronic information and these might pose particular problems for users with dyslexia. The services might include apparently simple elements such as guides to particular Learning Centres through to more complex examples including the subject web pages and information skills workshops.
    • ‘E-help!’ - learner support in higher education

      Rhodes, Jonathan; Dhaliwal, Onkar (Forum for Access and Continuing Education, 2010)
      The drive towards widening participation in higher education is reflected by the variety of students that represent the student body in 21st century education. The diversity of students’ educational, vocational and experiential backgrounds and the requirement by institutions and educators to recognise these differences is paramount. It is beholden of institutions to provide help and assistance to these learners during their course of study, providing access to individual guidance and support if and when they need it. This provision, whilst benefitting students, will also impact positively on university retention and progression figures, of vital importance in the current economic/educational climate. ‘The appropriate use of technology is leading to significant improvements in learning and teaching across the sector and...this is translating into improved satisfaction, retention and achievement’ (Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), 2009: 6).
    • Embedding information skills on student learning: providing the models

      Bastable, Wendy; Morris, Pamela (University of Wolverhampton, 2007)
      This Phase 3 (evaluation and embedding) project has been developed from a highly successful earlier project: Embedding information skills on student learning: making the difference (2006). The earlier project produced a programme of information literacy skills, based on SCONUL’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which was delivered to two modules of first year students from the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences (HLSS) in bite-sized presentations at the end of their lectures. Importantly, it found that: “an effective Information Literacy programme delivered at the very beginning of Undergraduate life can contribute significantly to students’ ability to find, use and record information and increase their confidence regarding academic performance.” Bastable and Morris (2006). Valued by students, it clearly had a part to play in the learning experience of first year undergraduates and potentially in Schools’ retention and employability strategies. This was the impetus for a Phase 3 project which would test the information literacy programme on a more diverse range of students and subjects within HLSS and provide models which would encourage further take-up within the School and other Schools in the University. Other important outcomes from the previous project also needed to be carried forward and tested in a wider context: “We as librarians have been able to assess our approaches to the design and delivery of a structured Information Literacy programme. We have had the opportunity to work collaboratively as a team of librarians with academic staff and, crucial to the embedding process, earn important space on first semester, first year modules. We now know that the bite-sized sessions of information skills which are dove-tailed into existing lectures are a successful way to deliver the programme.” Bastable and Morris (2006). It was this combination of the following three features in Phase 2 which distinguished it from any other work being conducted in the field of information literacy: the partnership between academics and librarians, a structured information literacy programme and delivery in bite-sized sessions. So, it was these three crucial areas which would be put to the test in this current project by the delivery to an extended range of students.
    • Embedding information skills training on student learning: making a difference

      Bastable, Wendy; Morris, Pamela; Cook, Eleanor; Dutton, Gill; Pieterick, Jackie; Taylor, Fiona (University of Wolverhampton, 2006)
      This embedding project builds on one that was delivered in 2001, headed by Oliver Pritchard, Dudley Learning Centre Manager, leading a research team with staff working from different Learning Centres in the University. In the 2001 project, sessions on information skills were run in three differing subject areas for second and third years and their impact on student learning was assessed using questionnaires and focus groups for students and in-depth interviews with academic staff. Findings were encouraging. Skills and experience gained within the sessions were taken on and applied within assignment work to good effect. Within this small study there is evidence of a progression in student awareness, confidence and skills and Information Skills sessions bring a longer-term, practical and tangible element to the learning experience and are a valuable part of helping students to become more effective learners.
    • Emerging pedagogies using webcams, podcasting and YouTube in eportfolio

      Brett, Paul; Lawton, Megan; Purnell, Emma (University of Wolverhampton, 2008-03-01)
    • Empowering Students through Learning Space Design

      Rhodes, Jonathan; Green, Mathew (JISC RSC, 2014-03-25)