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1 DLT Forum 30 June Curriculum Enhancement Project Working in partnership with staff, students and employers to ensure the academic excellence and contemporary relevance of our undergraduate programmes; leading to graduates who are capable of articulating the benefits of a Leeds research-led education and understand how this prepares them to compete successfully in the employment market.

2 Agenda Project update Views on proposals for academic year structure Broadening consultation update Curriculum mapping for RLT

3 Decisions made so far Employability, ethics and responsibility and global and cultural insight - the core threads within Leeds curriculum Threads to be demonstrated in all programmes from 2012 onwards Broadening strands will replace the current electives system No stand-alone electives will be offered outside the strands Broadening either within or beyond the programme will be demonstrated from 2013/14 onwards Any changes to the academic year will be introduced from 2013/14 onwards

4 What are the next steps? New website launch 18 July 2011 Threads: Guidance to schools in September 2011 to support evidencing of core threads Schools to evidence RLT and core threads during 2011/12 Broadening: Consultation feedback discussed at July Project Board and taken to October FLTCs Funding call to schools to develop broadening strands July 2011 Academic Year: Staff and student consultation late June to end October 2011 Impact on systems, timetabling, space, RAM in parallel

5 Structure of the academic year Chris Butcher: SDDU

6 Proposed changes to the academic calendar Semester 1 will be an uninterrupted 11 week period for teaching, learning and school-based assessment before the Christmas break. There will not be a University-organised, assessment period after the Christmas break. This does not preclude programmes from arranging (school-based) assessment as needed and gives the opportunity and incentive to be more innovative and radical with the way that students are assessed. Semester 2 will be an uninterrupted 11 week period for teaching, learning and school-based assessment between New Year and Easter; term dates will have to be arranged to enable this. After the Easter break it is proposed that there will be a two week period when appropriate staff will be expected to be available to work with students prior to assessment. This period will be used for some form of organised activity, for example: formative feedback in essay / assignment surgeries peer support revision workshops student-led conferences group tutorials organised reading / preparation for assessment preparation for summer placements etc. After this there will be a four-week, University-organised, formal assessment period

7 Consultation: the feedback we ask for 1.Faculties, Schools, other Units and individuals are asked to reflect on the structure of the academic year, and suggest the benefits and problems associated with the proposed, revised year structure. 2.The group expects that this exercise will lead to discussions about the primacy of programme design over that of individual modules, and aims to encourage the development of innovative assessment scenarios, based on the new calendar, that test and reward programme level learning outcomes. We are, therefore, particularly interested in: your views on the replacement of the current two formal university assessment periods with one, at the end of semester 2, designed to promote more synoptic learning and synthesis across modules how you think that teaching and assessment can be enhanced by taking advantage of the proposed year structure.

8 Broadening Martin Purvis: Pro Dean Student Education Environment

9 Broadening - update A reminder of the basic principles Types and functions of Broadening Strands Consultation – initial feedback/ideas Next steps

10 Programme Threads Mitch Waterman: Pro Dean Student Education Medicine and Health

11 11 Definition By research-led teaching we mean:  all programmes will actively develop students’ independent research skills and provide students with opportunities to put these skills into practice such that at the culmination of the programme, students are able to undertake, with supervision, an autonomous piece of research work;  the characteristics of our research strengths will underpin all our programmes; and  the latest research, including that produced by our own staff, will contribute to the curriculum. Research-Led Teaching

12 12 We can’t simply assert this! Need to demonstrate it for all stakeholders (including us). Proposed curriculum mapping exercise RLT mapping necessarily differs from thread exemplar identification because: RLT is argued to be pervasive within programmes and this needs to be demonstrated; RLT is characterised as a journey such that experiences for students at the start and finish of their programmes should be explicitly different, and that programmes should be able to articulate how this transition is demonstrated. Research-Led Teaching

13 13 Research-Led Teaching What are we proposing to the Board? That UG programmes, at module level, then programme, identifies the nature of the RLT achieved in the module, and demonstrates for the programme, as a whole, how students move from research-led to being able to undertake a supervised autonomous piece of research. What is to be mapped? Modules, and then through combination, the programme Who maps? Module leaders or teams How? Which tools? The Healey Matrix and RSDF from the University of Adelaide, a mapping template.

14 14 Research-Led Teaching What to be identified as a level/quadrant of RLT? Conceivably, mode of delivery, student activity, nature of assessment, and learning outcomes. Light touch (i.e. simply aligning what you have with a quadrant/level). What is the output? The template itself, when all modules listed, can demonstrate how the balance of modular activity shifts from research-led (teaching structured around content, with the students as audience, and mainly communicating that knowledge to each other and assessors) to research-based (emphasising students undertaking research, often determining the research questions and methods to address such questions). That is, the balance of modules shifts from RLT to RBT over the levels. Who sense checks/audits? A subgroup of SLTC, and then SLTC/FLTC via AHCs, SAERs.

15 15 Research-Led Teaching Healey, M., 2005. Linking Research and teaching: disciplinary spaces. In Barnett, R., (ed) Reshaping the university: new relationships between research, scholarship and teaching. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press.

16 16 Research-Led Teaching

17 17 Research-Led Teaching Curriculum Enhancement Project: Mapping Template for Research-Led Teaching School: Programme: Level [1] [1] Module Code and Title Elements Identified (L.Outcomes/content/delivery/ assessment) Healey Quadrant (RL/RT/RO/ RB) RSDF labels (Facet of Inquiry: F to A; Level of Student Autonomy: level I to V) SLTC Subgroup confirmation (Elements confirmed as aligned with labels) SLTC confirms module balance by level: RL/RT/RO/RB 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 [1] [1] Completing the template for each Level of study will demonstrate the shift in the balance from RL to RB

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