Summary: Past participants of the HEA’s Leading Transformation in Learning and Teaching programme, Carol Morris and Alec Goodyear from the Open University, talk about their experience on the programme, the ongoing impact of their transformational pilot initiatives and their involvement in the upcoming programme as a case study on curriculum enhancement in the School of Engineering and Innovation.
The Leading Transformation in Learning and Teaching (LTLT) programme has been run collaboratively by the HEA and LFHE for the last five years. The innovative programme asks participants to apply with a teaching and learning initiative which forms the basis of a transformational pilot project in their institution. This model encourages and supports participants to use the tools and techniques gained from the programme to make a long-term impact on their institutions.
Carol Morris from The Open University, participated in LTLT5 with her project ‘Transforming assessment for undergraduate engineering students in a distance-learning context’. Following the programme, Carol formed a group to look at assessment for level 4 Engineering students and held a workshop utilising the dialogue sheets she had learned about on the LTLT programme. She says: “this helped the group gain a common understanding of the purpose of assessment and agree a strategy across the level rather than for individual modules.”
Alec Goodyear went on to join the LTLT6 cohort and found his experiences were extremely helpful in providing him with inspiration and tools to benefit the transformation of the Engineering qualifications at the OU, together with developing a culture of new working practices. Alec’s project was ‘A qualification-centred approach to the engineering curriculum, transforming working practices and learning resources’.
He is working on qualification design with approaches and support materials that bring a qualification emphasis to curriculum development (as opposed to module by module in isolation).
“I had an idea of what I wanted to do before I attended the programme, but I definitely benefitted from learning about the different tools that were available and hearing about other participant’s experiences. It enabled me to focus on my project moving to a qualification-focussed approach in ways that are beneficial to both students and staff.”
Carol Morris, Senior Lecturer, Open University
With two successful outcomes from LTLT alumni and such closely aligned individual projects, Carol and Alec’s work on curriculum enhancement in the School of Engineering and Innovation will be the focus of the LTLT11 case study.
The three themes for the inquiry process are likely to be:
· Curriculum review and development (particularly reconfiguring from modular-based to qualification-based), with a focus on fully integrating the teaching of mathematics and professional development for engineering students;
· Enhancing assessment practices - developed using a principle-based approach for staff engagement and culture change;
· Increasing inclusivity and diversity - particularly the representation and support for women in engineering.
Doug Parkin, Programme Lead said “Carol and Alec have done some amazing work so far and have a very engaging story to tell. With lots of future potential for our LTLT participants to inquire into, we are very much looking forward to working with them both on this.”
If you are an LTLT alumnus and would like to be the focus of a future case study, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are now open for LTLT11, if you would like to part of the cohort or would like to find out more details can be found on our programme page.