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CULT Project (Creatively Using Learning Technologies)

Colvin, John (2011) CULT Project (Creatively Using Learning Technologies). Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (5).

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This document offers a brief overview of the University of Worcester’s (UW) participation in the Higher Education Academy’s Enhancement Academy Programme in 2009-2010. This participation followed on from the University’s successful involvement in Phase II of the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) eLearning Benchmarking Programme. In line with other cohort institutions that participated in the HEA eLearning Benchmarking Exercise, the University of Worcester reported an encouraging level of staff engagement with learning technologies. However, the majority of this activity entailed rudimentary use of our VLE as a repository for teaching materials and Powerpoint presentations. At that time, the introduction of an e-portfolio tool and pilot projects using a variety of technologies began to demonstrate the potential of learning technologies to support interactive student centred learning activities. Consequently, UW submitted a successful expression of interest for the Enhancement Academy Programme that articulated our wish to encourage and support staff to emulate the ‘early adopters’ who are using learning technologies more creatively to support active student centred learning. We regarded this as an important dimension of addressing our key institutional objective to provide an outstanding student experience through measures to improve student retention, progression and achievement. Our students indicate high levels of satisfaction with their experience at the University (as measured through, for example, the National Student Survey), but we consider that this satisfaction does not yet translate through into year on year improved student outcomes as measured by key performance indicators (e.g. continuation and pass first time rates, completion and degree class outcomes).

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Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching (WJLT) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published electronically by the Academic Development and Practice Unit at the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Keywords: learning technologies, learning materials, CULT Project, learning, teaching, student experience, higher education
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Worcester Business School
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2011 14:23
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2011 06:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1240

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