Flexible Learning Toolkit produced in partnership

The Flexible Learning Toolkit provides a solution to programme / module design issues that were observed during the global Covid 19 pandemic, such as:

  • lack of flexible staff contact
  • poorly structured digital modules
  • challenges around student engagement and independent learning activities
  • content overload

The first stage of the project consisted of a context analysis to understand how flexible learning could support all students (campus-based, online and apprenticeship). The results of this study are housed in a digital exhibition of flexible learning journeys that visualises examples of good practice. Staff and students, across disciplines, modes and levels of study were engaged in a series of in-module reflections on digital flexible learning during the second semester (February to May 2021). These reflections, supported by learning analytics, were summarised in personal video diaries (vlogs). The exhibition depicted students’ flexible contact with staff, private study (including remote access to the institution’s support facilities) and work-based application

The project team also explored strategic alignment between sector requirements and guidance, institutional teaching and learning strategies and their quality assurance in practice. The second resource is a 5 hours MOOC informed by the results of the first study. The guide answers curriculum design questions posed by the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) regarding enhancing quality in a digital environment. The guide contains self-paced learning content and design-enhancing activities alongside recommendations and an initial evidence-based guide of further reading

Coming next…

By August 22 the project will have produced three more resources. Firstly, a research evidence-based that collates over 500 current good quality articles that explore flexible learning, alongside sector guidance and supporting resources. The aim is to provide a source of information from which you can make evidence-based decisions about flexible curriculum design. Secondly, a template Module Activity Plan incorporating Institutional Themes MAPIT template that will help you to plan and compare the amount of contact, guided study and self-directed study alongside what students think about your programme of study. Finally, we will be sharing a range of module blueprints that work for students and that can be used as a starting point to build your own module design.

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