The PC3 team has just had a very profitable meeting with the team from JISC/HEA led by Sarah Knight. It is always a pleasure when meetings that could be simply routine prove to be stimulating and thought provoking on both sides and, as well as clarifying some of the more mundane project issues such as reporting requirements, the meeting raised many significant lines of enquiry and potential contacts for us to follow up.
One that has particularly caught our attention is the idea of developing a flexible module around the PC3 model. I can’t remember who suggested this (through a question I think) but I have a feeling it may have just triggered one of those “eureka” moments for the team. Two “objections” have frequently been raised to the model of personalised curriculum creation through coaching that we are proposing. The first is how we can enrol students into the institution without enrolling them on a specific award. The second is how we can fund the role of coach when it is not associated with a module or award. The idea of a flexible module to introduce students to PC3 has the potential to resolve both of these issues: we can enrol a student into the University by attaching them to a single module and we can cost the coaching activity by associating it with a module (which can then be allocated etc). The module could include principle and practice of coaching and being coached, personal critical reflection and self-assessment, developing evidence of learning and an introduction to the role of the technology involved.
We are definitely going to explore this further – in some ways it is of course blindingly obvious – but we hadn’t thought of it before today! So thank you Sarah and the team for a stimulating discussion and for serendipitous “eureka” moments!