Regional University Network annual conference

Margaret Christian spoke about the PC3 project to the Regional University Network annual conference held on December 11th in the splendid surroundings of Gandhi Hall at Leeds Met’s Headingley Campus.


The model for personalised learning attracted much interest from the floor and there was discussion around the central theme of coaching support  for part time work based learners who may not always be able to access university facilities in person but could work online.  There was considerable interest in the development of the project and an update will be offered at a later stage.


Process review

John and I attended the Support and Synthesis Project’s Process Review meeting in Birmingham yesterday. A useful set of presentations on various tools and techniques that we could use to do this but for me the most valuable thing was the discussions with others about the scope and nature of curriculum design and the prompt to consider in detail how we will address the process review issue.

We have had a number of conversations over the past few months which have begun this review, clarifying the needs of particular user groups. But we need to take a more formal approach to mapping the processes they follow, to identify similarities and differences and to determine the scope of what we can reasonably consider within the project.

This formalisation of the consultation will begin on January 20th when we invite interested parties to contribute to some focus group discussions on the processes for which they need support. Lots to do to prepare for that.

A conversation about coaching

PC3 team members Margaret Christian and Tam Mason from Carnegie Leaders in Learning Partnership discuss coaching and, in particular, how it is different from tutoring and mentoring.

Carnegie Graduate School

Following the presentation to Mainstream the other, on Monday we had the opportunity to present PC3 to our new Carnegie Graduate School, a university wide initiative to support Masters’ students across the institution.

There is much interest in our approach as a core aspect of supporting Masters provision in the University. Again issues of cost were raised and it is clear we need to consider carefully the associated costs of supporting the approach, especially on a large scale. Although the idea is to allow personalisation of curriculum creation this does not mean that content will be developed for each individual, rather that content is shared far more effectively and the coach helps the learner to negotiate it.

Our next presentation is on December 11th to the Regional University Network ALT Enhancement Forum. This is our opportunity to present the framework to our college partners and to engage more of them in the process.

Overall we are pleased with how well engagement with stakeholders is going – as well as user groups we are finding opportunities to talk to some very significant groupings of staff around the University which is particularly helpful at this early stage.