Virtual Collaborative Learning

Transition to University - on-line intervention project

Peer Review of Group work

Learning by video

This project takes a tried and tested physical classroom idea and looks at the practical issues involved with putting it on-line. The benefits / perceived benefits are also reviewed.


This project has a number of phases:


PHASE 1: Recruitment of University and technology provider partners and review of the various barriers / drivers for adoption.

PHASE 2: Building a pilot version of the game.

PHASE 3: Pilot deployment in selected institutions.

PHASE 4: Bid for funding to support development.



Part of a larger HEFCE Catalyst project involving 4 Universities, 4 FE Colleges and industry partners, this intervention designs and creates a pre-arrival on-line module for BTEC and other incoming students.


Designed to inform, engage and to build confidence it is part of a project to review the impact of different types of intervention on the experience / confidence and drop out rates of students with non-traditional entry qualifications.


The intervention is to be tested easter 2018, deployed Summer 2018 and evaluated once students arrive at University.


Accompanying picture by Stuart Miles at

Web-PA is a software system designed for groups of students doing assignments that earn an overall group mark. Each student grades their ‘team-mates’ and their own performance and this assessment is used to modify the supervisor’s overall group mark. The software incorporates a number of significant features to help integrate good practice and benefit lifelong learning; it can be easily customised to suit all subject disciplines. The system continues to evolve, taking feedback from an active user-group. In May 2008, the Web-PA project won an IMS global learning impact bronze award in Austin, Texas. Visitors can access an active discussion forum, a demonstrator and numerous support resources at


Current projects include the analysis of text based feedback and the design of automated feedback and feed-forward.

This collection of action research video projects spans production and dissemination of case study videos, engagement with video lecture capture in Higher Education, Peer Mentoring for students (study skills and employability) and Peer support for academic staff.



Keith Pond