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Annual Conference 2010 Future Learning

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Future Learning


This track will explore future methods and approaches to the student learning experience. Topics include work based learning, creative practice, enhancing quality and standards, assessment and transitions to HE from the new diploma.


To explore topics within this theme in more detail, please follow the links below to browse existing content

or to share content and links of your own.



Work Based Learning  Enhancing quality and standards  Assessment Transitions to HE from the new diploma



Download the conference handbook, which contains abstracts of the presentations,

descriptions of the themes, and biographies of the speakers and panellists


Visit the Academy's website to download all conference papers from the Future Learning track 



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Work Based Learning



For information on the work the Academy does relating to work based learning and employer engagement,

please see the employability and employee learning section of the HEA website.



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Click on the links below to search EvidenceNet for content relating to work based learning:






Relevant content includes:


Selected resources


 Lester S and Costely C (2009)

This article examines the recent developments in the field of work-based learning as part of university practice.


Nicholls M (2008)     

A compilation of research reports, commissiond by Kent and Medway to provide intelligence on successful models of employer engagement and

work-based learning.


Hillier Y (2009)

This paper attempts to capture innovative ways that VET practitioners practise their profession in response to the changing face of vocational learning.


Graham S; Rhodes G; Shiel G (2006)

This conference paper uses the work based learning programme at Northumbria University to describe what makes for a suitable environment for

critical reflection to take place


Young D and Garnett J (2009)

These are the conference proceedings from the third conference in the Work-based Learning Futures series, held in Derby in April 2009.


Relevant Events





Useful links


  • The SupraNetwork: A Network of colleagues interested in employer engagement and employee learning.


  • Centre for Excellence in Work Based Learning: the CEWBL aims to maximise the impact of excellent practice in Work Based Learning within Middlesex University and to provide a catalyst for dissemination of good practice with other Centres for Excellence and The Higher Education Academy.

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Enhancing quality and standards



Please see the Academy's website for information on the its work on quality enhancement,

including work on the NSS and postgraduate surveys.


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Click on the links below to search EvidenceNet for content relating to enhancing quality and standards:






Relevant content includes:


Selected Resources

Rush D and Hart M (2007)

This is an EvidenceNet Summary of a report on a project which explored ‘the dynamics of change in the university sector’, and especially in business
schools in the UK.


Park C and Kulej G (2009)

This is an EvidenceNet summary of an analysis of the aggregate results of the first Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2009.


Pratasavitskaya H and Stensaker B (2010)

This article analyses how quality management is understood in higher education research.


Gibbs G (2001)

This guide for learning and teaching presents a series of case studies that illustrate the good practice, describing progress made by institutions in improving their teaching quality between 1998-2001. 


Relevant Events




EvidenceNetWiki post-event page, with links to all papers and selected resources.



Useful links



  • ASKe CETL: ASKe's (Assessment Standards Knowledge exchange) work focuses on ways of helping staff and students develop a common understanding of academic standards, and it builds on and promulgates established good practice.


  • Quality Strategy Network: QSN is a membership organisation for staff with responsibility for quality strategy and management within UK higher education.





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Please see the Academy's website for information on the its work on assessment.




Click on the links below to search EvidenceNet for content relating to assessment & feedback:







Selected Resources

EvidenceNet summary of Nicol D (2008) ‘

This is an EvidenceNet summary of a paper which draws on a review of the literature on assessment and feedback in the first year of study and

presents a set of recommendations for policy makers, senior managers and teachers.


Pazos P; Micari M and Light G (2010)

This paper illustrates the development of a classification system for peer-led learning groups and an instrument based on this classification system.


Bryan C and Clegg K (2006)

This book explores the difficulty of changing assessment in sometimes unhelpful contexts.


Relevant Events






Useful links




  • ALPS Cetl: ALPS mission is to ensure that students graduating from courses in Health and Social Care are fully equipped to perform confidently and competently at the start of their professional careers.


  • UVAC: the higher and further education sector's voice on matters relating to higher vocational learning.


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Transitions to HE from the new diploma



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Click on the links below to search EvidenceNet for content relating to transitions to HE from the new diploma:







Selected Resources


Jones R (2008)

This synthesis provides a comprehensive survey of the literature relating to vocational learners summarising key research reports and identifying and explaining key themes.


Hoelscher M; Hayward G; Ertl H; Dunbar-Godde H (2008)    

This paper questions whether participation in vocational education and training (VET) provides a successful progression route into UK higher education (HE)


Hayward T (2008)

This research briefing reports findings from the Degrees of Success project, which challenged the assumption that VET pathways increase educational opportunities and widen access to higher education.


Carter J (2009)

This report reviews the landscape of learner progression from vocational and applied qualifications to higher education (HE) and makes

recommendations for future directions.


Relevant events




Useful links


  • HEA Subject centres: Subject Centres are working with academics and students to help ease the transition from school to university life.





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