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1 Elfs and Goblins John Bamber Higher and Community Education University of Edinburgh

2 Elfs and Goblins Elf –small, manlike, mischievous, playful –teases and disturbs Goblin –small, grotesque, malevolent –troublesome, vexatious

3 Transitions Personal development –Learning to learn Professional Development –Learning to work Widening participation –Non-traditional students

4 Part time Students in HE 28 are 21 to 55 mostly white Scottish D and E 2/3 women, half parents Employment f-t, p-time, voluntary HNC max plus experience

5 Work-based learning Some features (Raelin, 200): –reflection on work practice – reviewing and learning from experience –learning from action and problem-solving –live projects and challenges –collective knowledge creation –new knowledge and meta-competence – learning to learn

6 Work-based learning 1

7 Assumptions One: the students will cope with the demands of HE more readily because they will see the relevance of the subject matter to their own professional development… Two: a specially designed CD based learning environment will enable them to learn at a place and time of their own choosing…

8 Elf or Goblin? Two Questions: Is this type of platform good at revealing the emotional, behavioural, existential, contextual and collective aspects of learning in the practice situation? Is this type of course more attuned to the needs of non- traditional students than conventional modes of delivery?


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