Keith Pond

Virtual Community of Practice


Transition to University - on-line intervention project

Global standards in Business Education - sharing good practice

Peer Review of Group work

Learning by video

This project uses commercially available video conferencing technology to facilitate a Learning and Teaching CoP in Business Education.

Yes, there are others but this one starts ambitiously with two partners: Loughborough University and University of New England in NSW.

Whether this project spawns research is anyone's guess but it will certainly foment discussion, support HE teachers and will EXPAND as we get going.

This project involves Finance students from European Universities in a virtual banking business simulation competition.

Based on the new TOPSIM cloud based simulation the project aims to run a competition between partner Universities in 2020 as a "proof of concept" in establishing an educational resource focused on the business of banking.

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

Responding to an invitation to deliver a seminar at Taras Shevchenko National Economics University in Kiev, Ukraine, I chose, as my subject assessment and assessment design.

 The central theme was Constructive Aiignment and the establishment of meaningful and achievable Intended Lerarning Outcomes.

A summary of the seminar is available 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