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ATLAS - Approaching Teaching Learning and Assessment

Originally funded by JISC

JISC logoThe ATLAS project was funded by JISC through the RePRODUCE programme.

This project will address the need for educational development of the growing numbers of staff, teaching on higher education awards, for whom attendance on a traditional course, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, proves impractical. This target group includes staff who are delivering higher education awards through franchised and partner colleges, abroad and in the FE sector, as well as hourly paid staff, who have an increasingly significant input to courses. The project included using an action research approach to encourage reflection and engagement in the evaluation of the new award and reworked materials by the project team, learning support personnel, hourly paid staff and representatives from partner colleges.

Aims and objectives

The objective of the proposal is to address the need for educational development of the growing numbers of staff, teaching on higher education awards, for whom attendance on a traditional course, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, proves impractical. This will be addressed through;

  • Production of a series of independent learning objects for JISC that combine materials from the Uclan
  • Teaching Toolkit and from open access e-resources;
  • Validation of a new module for delivering an e-Teaching toolkit aligned to the SEDA award ‘Supporting Learning’
  • Delivery of a pilot module creating a distance taught experience framing the independent learning objects and leading to an award
  • Evaluation of the E-course using action research methodology and amending it in the light of the evaluation
  • Dissemination of learning from the experience and the materials created through JISC and for use by the sector

Team

  • Ruth Pilkington
  • Barbara Brown
  • Gary Heywood Everett
  • Dawn Harrison
  • John O'Donoghue
  • James Gotaas

The project has produced a range of outputs including;

Publications

  • Chapter ‘Building practitioner skills in personalised e-learning – messages for professional development’ in O’Donoghue (2009) Technology-Supported Environments for Personalized Learning: Methods and Case Studies’ IGI-Global
  • Pilkington R 2009 ‘It’s not just the technology: framing the challenge of E-learning for staff and developers’ in Proceedings of 4th International Blended learning Conference, Herts ‘Engaging Students in the Curriculum’ pp198-209
  • Pilkington R 2008 'Issues and Challenges of e-Learning Implementation for the Professional Development of HE Staff' invited Keynote NIME Symposium on Long-term Strategic Visions of e-Learning Implementation in Higher Education, Tokyo, Japan, November 2008,
  • Flourish Case Study

Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs)

Small Group

Small Group Wimba Create Document
Small Group RLO (Download zip file, extract all documents and select "index" to run)
Notes on the working in a small group RLO

Large Groups

GHRLO Challenges in Teaching Large Groups of Students
GHE RLO Challenges in Teaching and Learning in Large Groups (context etc)

Content

The Content Cake RLO (Word)
The Content Cake RLO (PowerPoint)

Assessment and Feedback

First Timer Assesment Checklist RLO

RLO ATLAS Feedback Context