Post-pandemic many higher education providers (HEPs) are recognising the benefits of online delivery to provide flexible learning opportunities for current programmes and students.
The aim of this practice-based programme is to work with a team from a school or programme area over a period of 2-3 months to design and implement a flexible model of learning that aligns with the institutional mission, vision and values.
The project is run in partnership with Jisc. The cost to join is £6,000 (plus VAT) for Advance HE Members and £8,000 (plus VAT) for non-members. The deadline to join the project is Friday 1 October 2021.
At the end of the project, participants will have:
- an understanding of flexible learning and a framework that can be used to audit their current offer
- the ability to align the principles of flexible learning with their current learning and teaching strategy, values, mission and vision
- an introduction to the principles of the Active Digital Design (ADD) model
- developed their ability to lead in a culture of change
- identified approaches to working with students to evaluate practice.
- The project will start in October 2021
- The project duration is 2-3 months
- The project is led by Advance HE in partnership with Jisc
- There are a maximum of 8 places available on the project
- The cost to join is £6,000 (plus VAT) for Advance HE Members and £8,000 (plus VAT) for non-members
- The deadline to join is Friday 1 October 2021.
The programme is designed for those currently leading learning and teaching in their institution. It is based on four half-day workshops. Between each workshop, the participants will be expected to engage with colleagues and data at their own institution. It is expected that 2-3 participants will attend from each participating institution and they should attend with 4-6 students for workshop two.
Following an introduction to flexible learning participants will develop a flexible learning model that aligns with their own institutional context.
Staff and students will use design thinking principles to reflect on their experience of online learning, and use divergent and convergent thinking strategies to co-create a vision and principles for their online experience.
In this workshop participants will explore concepts of flexible provision including blended learning, hybrid and hyflex approaches. Drawing on the outputs from workshops one and two, they will identify an approach that aligns with their co-created models for flexible learning and explore the barriers to change, including staff and student digital capabilities and learning and teaching preferences.
Reflecting on the barriers to change identified in workshop two, participants will be supported in identify the next steps for their institution and develop their understanding and practice of leading change. Participants will be signposted to additional support and resources that can help them embed change, available from JISC and Advance HE.