Presentation on theme: "Enhancing the First Year Student Experience Nottingham | Jun 2014 Village Greens, Magnetic Walls & Polished Concrete Michael Gorman Senior Learning & Teaching."— Presentation transcript:
Enhancing the First Year Student Experience Nottingham | Jun 2014 Village Greens, Magnetic Walls & Polished Concrete Michael Gorman Senior Learning & Teaching Fellow http://twitter.com/macgormain http://www.mmu.ac.uk/artschool
Contexts | Manchester World’s First Industrial City –“Cottonopolis” | Rutherford Splits Atom | World’s First Computer Media City –BBC | Northern Quarter | Diversity/Regeneration
Contexts | Manchester School of Art Founded in 1838 –3500 students | 14 degrees | 59 nationalities Part of Manchester Metropolitan University –New £35 million building programme, –Architecture; Art; Design; Media/Theatre Alumni includes Thomas Heatherwick, Norman Foster, John Mayall, Dame Julie Walters, Steve Coogan, Sylvia Pankhurst, Ossie Clark, Mick Hucknall…
Genesis | Questions Why are Universities erecting so many “statement” buildings? What do these buildings say to our first year students? Why do we lose so many first year students in the early weeks of the programme (when many students are in a liminal state)? Right City? Right Uni? Right Course? (Yorke & Longden (2008) Right Environment? Right City? Right Uni? Right Course? (Yorke & Longden (2008) Right Environment?
Genesis | Questions “The apparent connection between day-to-day premises maintenance and learning may need to be drawn to the attention of institutional managements. It seems that small things may make a big difference to learning: grand architectural statements may not be necessary. We need a better understanding of the role of space in the dynamics of creating more productive higher education communities and its connections with learning and research. This should be the subject of further research. The literature throws almost no light on managerial decision-making about space issues affecting students or staff: this is a topic where further work would be useful.” Temple (2007) Learning Spaces for the Twenty-First Century Higher Education Academy
Genesis | …and Les Watson “We spend a lot of time trying to change people. The thing to do is to change the environment and people will change themselves.” Les Watson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University JISC “Designing Spaces for Effective Learning” (2006)
Genesis | …meanwhile Down Under “While research into the student experience has focused on what students do and how they engage, research into where students are engaging and how this influences their engagement is needed.” Matthews, Andrews & Adams (2011) “Social Learning Spaces & Student Engagement” Higher Education Research & Development Matthews, Andrews & Adams (2011) “Social Learning Spaces & Student Engagement” Higher Education Research & Development
Context | HE in the UK National Student Survey Cap on Recruitment Numbers lifted in 2014-15 Retention And Student Satisfaction = key policy concern Change! Russell Group to invest £9 billion in buildings Dynamic change to secondary system How do we manage transition? League table rankings Marketisation of HE in UK
Context | The Canon Kuh (2001, 2003) Cook & Rushton (2009) STAR Project First Year Student Experience Kift (2004) Astin (1975, 1984) Chickering & Gamson (1987) Tinto (1977, 1993) Yorke & Longden (2008) Plus… Krause (2005) McInnes & James (1995) Pascarella & Terenzini (2005)… Plus… Krause (2005) McInnes & James (1995) Pascarella & Terenzini (2005)…
Context | The Canon Bennet (2007) Montgomerie ( 2008) Physical Environment? Oblinger (2005) Jamieson (2003) Webb, Schaller & Hunley (2008) JISC (2006) Temple (2007) HEA Report “The literature throws almost no light on managerial decision-making about space issues affecting students or staff” Temple (2007) “The literature throws almost no light on managerial decision-making about space issues affecting students or staff” Temple (2007)
Methodology Understanding the physical environment Focus Interviews with Key Staff Including Architect Tensions! Case Study Manchester School of Art QuestionairreVisits
Surface 1.Navigation, Colour & Coding 2.Light/Sound/Temperature 3.Signage 4.Permission 5.Room Booking… 6.Workshops 7.Interactivity 8.Security and Openess 9.Reception How do first year students read and interrogate a building? How do first year students read and interrogate a building?
Concepts | Spaces Contested… Boundary Digital (including the VLE) Dialogic Making (Writing) Savin-Baden (2010) Learning Spaces McGraw Hill “Liminality” Acknowledge and use! It’s about staff too! We are all learners… Co-creation of Curriculum It’s about staff too! We are all learners… Co-creation of Curriculum
Submerged 1.Anomie (Durkheim) 2.Liminality (Savin-Baden) 3.Interaction or transaction? (Berne) 4.Engaging the senses…(NLP) 5.Cultural capital (Bordieu) 6.Communities of Practice (Wenger) …sense of belonging routed in curriculum engagement… Explore narratives of transition
Next 1.Encourage sensual exploration (drawing/photography/film…use instagram/pinterest) 2.Open Open Open Day for First Years – permission!! 3.Dialogic/Making Spaces – be explicit! 4.Leave room for Boundary/Liminal spaces… 5.Encourage communities of practice 6.Understand where students come from 7.A Learning Building (ie a Building that Learns) 8.Student (and Staff) voice? 9.Pilot? Engage with Architects…
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