Falmouth pilots plan for online learning
UNIVERSITY College Falmouth's innovative MA in Professional Writing has been awarded £20,000 as part of a pilot scheme to release learning materials as Open Educational Resources.
The move is in line with the Government's drive to get universities embracing new technologies and moving towards an "edgeless university" model. This, together with a range of other University College Falmouth initiatives using technology to broaden access to all levels of learning, comes as a report from think-tank Demos warns that British universities will not survive unless they adopt new modes of learning.
Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and run by the Higher Education Academy and the Joint Information Systems Committee – the organisation that provides leadership in the use of ICT to the further and higher education sector – Open Educational Resources will give institutions and individuals access to a wide range of learning resources created by academics.
University College Falmouth's successful bid will blaze a trail in this arena by developing a truly interactive, open learning experience and an innovative online community for its students.
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The pilot scheme will see the development of a learning platform for delivering an online version of the screenwriting unit that forms part of its successful Professional Writing MA.
These peer-reviewed resources could include full courses, course materials, complete modules, notes, videos, podcasts, self-assessment tools, collaborative projects, simulations, guest lecturers, worked examples, software and other tools, materials and techniques used to support access to knowledge. They will be made available to users under a Creative Commons intellectual property license that permits open use and adaptation while ownership stays with the creators.
"This project, which we have named OpenSpace, is groundbreaking because it's about making full and imaginative use of new technology to develop materials that can be used freely and flexibly, not just by our own students but by people who have previously been excluded by institutional boundaries," said MA Professional Writing course leader Christina Bunce, who is running the project with lecturer, Alex di Savoia.
"Up until now, university models of online delivery have mainly focused on uploading videoed lectures and notes."
University College Falmouth is strategically committed to offering flexible modes of learning to a broad range of students. As a Skillset Academy, it will soon launch a range of short courses in Professional Media Practice, designed in collaboration with industry partners.