Thursday, 13 March 2008

Meetings and Issues

Had an interesting week that has involved a get together at Birmingham for those involved in JISC projects (see http://cetisllg.ning.com/) and a project meeting within two days of each other. Found that some of the same issues in our project are reflected in the community around work based learning including:

  • Although Fds follow fdf models during validation by delivery they have changed, including the loss of the mentor role due to the nature of the learner and/or employer
  • Learners can get conflicting information due to being part of a FE and a HE institution
  • Learners & Tutors are confused about resources and support tools available to them from the validating institution
  • Employers don't like other employers to know they are engaged with WBL
  • Employers only want limited involvement in WBL
  • Applications supporting learner administration are often not linked and involve duplication of work
  • Good practice can only be replicated where all the conditions are the same, and therefore often needs modifying to fit the new purpose (audience, delivery method etc)
  • Learners don't have access to similar technologies in the work place
  • Course descriptors are often modified immediate need
  • Course support documentation created to support validation and not the stakeholders involved in the award.
  • Access and Authentication a big problem, not just across consortium's but with mentors, employers etc needing to access materials/ data

So its a list, a long one and most need some serious thought to being addressed. In most cases there needs to be a change in Business processes, and a change in policy (and to quote from Mark Stiles, there needs to be a change in perspective from restricting to enabling).

On a lighter note it is good to see the ning group grow and some of the inputs have been very interesting.

2 comments:

Sue said...

That's an interesting list. Why don't employers want other employers to know they are involved in WBL?

Sue

Fleur said...

not sure, it is a big sticking point for those at Stoke. It was not something that the employer in Shrewsbury was worried about, they wanted to talk to others in the industry