At the Pathfinder start-up meeting in York we were asked to consider how our project links to the HEFCE e-learning strategy and which of the strands of activity that it supports or builds on. As described in our project summary in an earlier blog entry our project aims to map the learning and teaching context at Cambridge, and e-learning is positioned as a sub-set of the much larger learning and teaching picture. It is widely believed that e-learning should not be considered in isolation, but rather as it contributes to the wider student experience. Evidence will be collected as part of our project as to where the ‘e’ adds value over other methods.
When considering the HEFCE strategy, our work links with two of the 7 strands:
Strand 1: Pedagogy, curriculum design and development, and
Strand 6: Research and Evaluation
In particular activities 1.1: ‘Reward excellence and promote and encourage innovation in e-learning, and 1.4: ‘Produce and disseminate models of good e-learning practice (including e-assessment) (brackets not in original) are very relevant to the project. Although staff are not financially rewarded for innovation the project aims to raise awareness of developments and recognise where good work is being done. Similarly, we plan to develop and disseminate models of good e-learning as a key output of our project.
Under strand 6, activity 6.1: ‘Contribute to the sector’s understanding and appreciation of the wider issues posed by e-learning’ is very relevant to our project. By mapping the wider picture and describing how and where ‘e’ adds value, and how and where other methods are more appropriate, we aim to provide an evidence base that will demonstrate clearly many of the wider issues posed by e-learning.