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1 Introduction Journey in HE: Shared responsibility, shared resources Phil Poole Director of Learning and Teaching Programme Manager Personal Learning Portal Pilot

2 Programme JISC Distributed e-Learning Regional Pilots What is PLPP? Perspectives on supporting widening participation The role of Learning Technology: workshops Emerging issues: A proposal for future collaboration

3 JISC Distributed e-Learning Regional Pilots

4 (Kent) Personal Learning Portal Programme (PLPP) The partners Canterbury Christ Church University AimHigher University of Kent Oxford Brookes University South Kent College (University of Greenwich)

5 Personal Learning Portal Programme (PLPP)

6 A challenge Widening participation has accentuated the differences that students have always exhibited when faced with particular modes of learning and assessment. For the uninitiated, or perhaps non-traditional HE entrants, mature students, minority ethnic groups or different cultural backgrounds, the learning context [in HE] can be a barrier to them demonstrating achievement.

7 Personal Learning Portal Programme (PLPP)

8 Emerging issues Those significantly more likely to leave said that they were concerned about: a lack of staff support their ability to learn independently problems with the academic level of their studies (more than indicating problems with workload) Cooke, A (2004)Heading them off at the pass: predicting retention problems University of Ulster

9 Emerging issues Those who declared themselves to be unprepared were more likely to leave than those who did not. The maxim “If you fail to prepare, then you prepare to fail” appears to be as true of learners as it is of teachers. Cooke, A (2004)Heading them off at the pass: predicting retention problems University of Ulster

10 Emerging issues What does it mean?: Incoming students are extremely ill-informed about what they are about to experience. This does not relate to the curriculum so much as to how they are expected to work and interact, particularly with staff. we should all aspire to produce students who think and learn independently, we can no longer assume that they will arrive already able to do so. Cooke, A (2004)Heading them off at the pass: predicting retention problems University of Ulster

11 PLPP Extension Complete the development of an illustrative, searchable repository of centrally held learning objects (to support a range of academic skills), which exploits emerging technologies to provide a portable, flexible resource for FE and HE institutions across the region.

12 PLPP Study Skills

13 Linking to PLPP Let us know you are interested Could you offer any resources? Would you be able to organise the technical support for using the objects? Use PLPP resources on the web and help us develop and evaluate them.

14 Links


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