Ultraversity Graduation

On Saturday I attended the Anglia Ruskin University presentation ceremony (along with Tim, Colin, Ken, Mark, and Lindsey) for the Faculty of Education where the Ultraversity Ba (Hons), Learning, Technology and Research degree programme sits for quality assurance purposes. Well done the trail blazing six student researchers who graduated!

It is worth reflecting a moment on what these and the other cohort 1 researchers have achieved on a degree programme that is wholly online, uses action research methodology in the workplace, and can be completed in three years.

– achieved impressive results when judged against undergraduate assessment criteria
– demonstrated an alternative model for undergraduate learning that uses the workplace as the focus of study using action research methodology
– demonstrated how Higher Education can be made accessible to groups who through work and life commitments would otherwise find it very difficult to study
– used online learning communities and ICT as an enabling and empowering technology
– had significant impact on their workplaces
– used an approach to assessment that uses ‘patchwork’ presentation supports an assessment for learning approach
– pushed Higher Educational work practices to change – teaching and learning, student administration, the use of empowering software…

For individuals there will be many more things that could be added to the lists such as becoming critically reflective problem solvers, etc…

1 thought on “Ultraversity Graduation

  1. Colleen Grant

    Thank you for this feedback Stephen it is encouragement for us to continue.

    Well done indeed to the girls we are proud of them.

    I know that there are some men taking part in the degree course, but the student majority seem to be women. Just wondered do you carry out research on e.g.
    Percentage male/female uptake?
    Percentage of students employed in Education / other employment?
    Now that the course has become more widespread, are the applicants from a more varied work-based background? etc ….
    Would be interesting to see the results



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s