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 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.


Sue said...

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


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