Earning while learning - implementing work-based learning within the Foundation Degree in ICT Neil Murray, Lecturer in work-based learning in ICT, Faculty.
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Earning while learning - implementing work-based learning within the Foundation Degree in ICT Neil Murray, Lecturer in work-based learning in ICT, Faculty of Technology
Contents Foundation Degrees Foundation Degrees at the OU The Foundation Degree in ICT (GO4) Work-based learning T121/T226 WBL courses Potential benefits and issues
What are Foundation Degrees? First new HE qualification in 25 years Degree level qualification designated as Intermediate on the FHEQ Self-standing qualifications, but with clear routes for progression Part of government’s strategy to up-skill the workforce and widen participation in HE Aimed at learners wishing to enter a profession as well as those seeking continuing professional development Workplace focus
Design of Foundation Degrees Integrate academic and work-based learning Use external reference points Have clear ILOs for academic and work-based components Provide innovative and authentic WBL (minimum 20% of FD)
Defining characteristics of Foundation Degrees Employer involvement and partnerships Accessibility Articulation and progression Flexibility
Foundation Degrees at the OU G04: Foundation Degree in Information and Communication Technologies G06: Foundation Degree in Computing and its Practice
The two Foundation Degrees: components ICT –T175, M150 –MT127 –MU120, MST121 –T121 (WBL) –T226 (WBL) –Other specific T courses –T228 (CISCO) –TM227 Computing & its Practice –T175, M150 –MT127 –MU120 –M226 (WBL) –Other specific M courses –TM227 Vendor
How do they differ? In both degrees learners cover the basics of data, information, communication and computers Computing and Its Practice will primarily appeal to learners interested in using and programming computers. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) will appeal to a wider audience of learners who want to explore the theory and practice of ICTs in a variety of different contexts.
Foundation Degree in ICT 240 CATS points at HE1 and HE2 60 points of work-based learning: –T121 ICTs at Work –T226 ICTs, Change and Projects at Work vocationally relevant and valued a framework for integrated personal and professional development a pathway to honours
What is work-based learning? Setting up the framework for learning at work Recognising opportunities to learn at work Being able to apply learning at work Reflecting on, and learning from, experiences at work Taking responsibility for own career development
WBL Courses within the FD in ICT At level 1, ICTs at Work (T121) was launched in October 2005 and covers: learning how to learn exploring ICTs in the workplace personal and career development planning the organisational context national standards and frameworks professional bodies and professionalism
WBL Courses within the FD in ICT At level 2, ICTs, Change and Projects at Work (T226), continues the personal and career development strand and also covers: ICTs as drivers and enablers of change at work project working as a way of implementing change developing ideas for real work-based projects developing plans and a business case for work-based projects.
Skills and knowledge development Key transferable skills and knowledge Employability skills and knowledge Practical and professional skills and knowledge Cognitive skills and knowledge
Professional development National occupational standards Assessing occupational skills Personal and career development planning Continuing professional development
T121 Materials/Resources Reader: Manager’s Good Study Guide Course Study Guide Course Companion Worksheets + binder Promises eDesktop Conferences
Tutor support model 4 f2f tutorials (each of 2 hours). Assessment of 3 TMAs/Marking of ECA Support up to 15 students 25 hours online support Note that there is no workplace visit
Evaluation of T121 COBE funded evaluation of ‘pilot’ presentation 2 Consultants appointed Evaluation from student, tutor and employer perspective How is it going so far?
Benefits for students Students can: ‘earn while they learn’ gain up-to-date professional certification and a nationally recognised qualification enhance their employability progress to Honours and beyond
Benefits for employers Staff can: study for academic qualifications while working gain professional skills and academic knowledge relevant to their work enhance their contribution to the workplace as a result of personal and professional development
Benefits for us Potential new markets Collaborative partnerships Creating new professional programmes and pathways New ways of thinking about our curriculum
Issues How coherent is the FD in ICT as a programme of study? Is WBL sufficiently integrated? Employer involvement Problems/complexity of collaborative working FD marketing/recruitment