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 Freedigitalphotos.net
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 webpa.ac.uk
Current projects include the analysis of text based feedback and the design of automated feedback and feed-forward.