The Ultraversity project set out to develop an innovative approach to wholly online supported, workplace learning. A BA, Learning, Technology & Research degree pathway was developed aimed at students who are working full time and want to study their chosen work role. A list of some of the Key ingredients of the experience (assembled by Gina Revill) includes:
1. Inquiry-based learning
Action research methodology, learning at and through work
2. Personalised learning
Negotiation of study focus though module by module individual learning plans and PDP
3. Online community of inquiry
Peer review, expert witnesses, challenge and debate, support, sharing findings, critical feedback
4. Assessment for learning
5. Exhibition as dissertation
Shared research findings with stakeholders replaces the ‘common’ format of dissertation
In an exit survey of cohort 1 (65 respondents from a possible 140, June 2006), the charts below show the response to the following question “In your opinion, what has been the impact of Ultraversity on your career development? – status, salary, and role”
These are an encouraging set of results for a work-based degree programme that is squarely aimed the key government agendas of both widening participation and lifelong learning and seeks to develop individuals in their chosen work role.
In your exit interview it would be helpful to know how many and how strong is the influence of each of the factors. EG “perdsonalising”, inquiry based, afl etc. Also how particpants undertsnd and define these concepts is an issue.
Thanks, yes so the follow up telephone interviews can explore this in detail.