An investigation into the impact of placement length and type on student outcomes

This research project looked at the impacts of placement length on student success, particularly focusing on widening participation students.

  • Aim

    The project aims to design a completely new approach to course lifecycle by redesigning course review and (re)development processes including business, academic, collaborative, scholarship and administrative considerations.

    Success will be evidenced by well-designed courses which are kept fresh and incorporate innovative practice; academic staff who are motivated by and have time to focus on design and review; a design, development and approval process that feels like a collaborative endeavour between academic and professional services staff; and a selection process for design/re-design that ensures sufficient investment of resources.

  • What it is

    The challenges that the project seeks to respond to are multifaceted and, if not addressed, place a risk on the successful realisation of the ambitions of the new institutional strategy 'University, reimagined' with respect to student experience, innovation and reputation for teaching.

    These challenges include:

    • Under-resourced course design
    • Protracted process of approval
    • Multiple review and reporting requirements

  • Why

    By the end of the project, we aim to have achieved the following outcomes with associated benefits:

    • An improved portfolio planning and overview
    • An improved understanding of business and academic success factors
    • An understanding of the resource required for course development and a mandate that this resource is built into workload planning
    • Greater capacity for course development, with more focus on design and innovation and a commitment to support such developments
    • A leaner, more effective and coordinated course approval process that enables an efficient and speedy set-up of courses or course changes, once approved
    • A leaner, more effective and coordinated review process using better evidence which is comprehensive, good quality, efficiently presented

  • Findings

    The project has four work-streams

    • Course design and development
    • Course approval
    • Course implementation
    • Course review

    Each work-stream comprises a range of key stakeholders drawn from across academic schools and professional services.

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