Presentation on theme: "HEA Research Seminar Series 2009 Developing a curriculum for Widening Participation Chris Baker Director Centre for Widening Participation."— Presentation transcript:
HEA Research Seminar Series 2009 Developing a curriculum for Widening Participation Chris Baker Director Centre for Widening Participation
Forty years of WP: approaches to the curriculum 5 subjects and 60 point courses Community Development materials The Openings Programme 11 subjects and 10 point courses Openlearn: online and social networking
The role of the curriculum in the OU Introducing the subject and supported open (distance) learning Part of a qualification or stand alone provision? The primacy of the course
Widening Participation and growth Count the students: the growth imperative The students that count: rewarding WP activity post ELQ Pressures of recruitment, attainment and progression in open entry
Can we customize in a mass produced system? Varying types of support The blend of delivery What happens to those who cant cope?
The Openings Programme 8 years, 11 subjects, 100,000 learners Focus on the subject, skills and confidence The personalized model Changing University systems: small is beautiful
The Openings Programme and assessment The role of formative assessment The use of learning outcomes The role of feedback
How do we measure success in Openings? Recruitment from lower socio economic groups Completion and progression The long road towards a qualification What really matters to the learner?
The challenges ahead Using ICT to widen participation Finding the right partners Addressing the needs of the adult workforce The importance of research and evaluation