Technology Enhanced Learning to Support a Welsh Centre for Workforce Development

A JISC-funded Project, running for two years from April 2009, which is exploring how technology can enhance the delivery and quality of work-based learning. 

Key outputs:

- Transferable models of technology-supported delivery across a variety of related but differing contexts and subject disciplines

- An understanding of the strategic and policy issues attendant with such technology-enhanced models of delivery

- The creation of domain knowledge, reusable models of processes and practice, and user requirements across the project’s partners

- A greater understanding of how the learning content generated within the four streams of the project can be used as open learning content, across Wales and the rest of the UK

- Technology Enhanced Learning Support in the form of guidance materials and good practice exemplars


Jeff Lewis, from the Centre for Dental Technology (Cardiff School of Health Sciences) talks about his project under Stream 2 of the Technology Enhanced Learning JISC project.  This approach is illustrative of that adopted in other streams...

We are working with four streams in this exciting project:

Stream One: Centre for Work–based Learning, Cardiff School of Management

a) Foundation Degree / MA in Applied Professional Practice within the new Welsh Centre for Work-based learning.

A key element of these programmes will be the role of a reflective journal as part of an e-portfolio; and the role and support of employer-based mentors. The design of the reflective journal will be informed by early experience with the use of a similar approach to support students on work placements. (see below)

b) Work placements for BA Business Studies students

A new work-placement programme across the Cardiff School of Management aims to involve up to 500 second year undergraduate students and provides an opportunity to explore the development of support and mentoring utilising technology.
The work placement is an assessed module and templates to support the development of the reflective journal have been developed using Expo-LX for access via Blackboard together with other resources aimed at maximising the benefit students derive from their work experience.


Stream Two, Centre for Dental Technology, Cardiff School of Health Sciences (UWIC) & the Dental Laboratories Association (DLA) - Stream Leader Jeff Lewis
Dental Technology – a National Model, The Centre for Dental Technology, Cardiff School of Health Sciences (UWIC) & the Dental Laboratories Association (DLA).

a) The degree to which web conferencing software (Adobe Connect) can provide a scalable, cost-effective model for the delivery of dental technology presentations, workshops and seminars at distance to students, partner colleges, HEIs and employees as part of CPD and workforce development (as well as providing a comparator for Welsh Assembly Government’s Videoconferencing facility used in Stream Three)

b) The scope and capabilities of partnerships using postgraduate deaneries (Wales and South West initially), Dental Postgraduate Centres (Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea) and dental hospitals across Welsh Trusts for other elements of delivery.

c) How such delivery can enhance the student learning experience, enhancing knowledge, capacity and skills. In particular, reviewing the degree to which Adobe Connect’s advanced training features support formal and informal records of learners’ achievement, formative assessment processes, knowledge exchange, tracking and management of student performance. 

d) The degree to which institutional processes are currently capable of supporting such a model, and how such processes might be improved to maximise the student experience and cost efficiencies. 

e) The development of transferable models of delivery that can be used across the UK. 

(please see video above also)


Stream Three Regulation of Care Services Award (RCSA), Centre for Applied Social Sciences, Cardiff School of Health Sciences (UWIC) - Stream Leaders Heulwen Davies & David Lock

a) An investigation of the degree to which review sessions between the student, practice assessor, work-based mentor and UWIC tutor can be facilitated through WAG’s existing videoconferencing facility. This facility extends across 36 locations. The proposed project will investigate the extent to which such technology enhances the student experience and whether it can provide a scalable, cost effective model of delivery for Wales.

b) Piloting of a learning set on Welsh Assembly Government (WAG)’s videoconferencing facility and how such meetings can be supported by WAG’s established videoconferencing network.

c) The collection of registration, inspection and regulation case studies on UWIC’s VLE with additional Web 2.0 and social networking software to support an interactive practical session on each. 

d) The production of an interactive ‘Return to Study’ DVD specifically addressing the skills issues and concerns of students removed from formal education for a significant time. 

e) The investigation of a ‘future proofed’ delivery method for the RCSA. As more and more inspectors qualify, there will be less need for large cohorts of candidates each year. However, new recruits will need a qualification route. An electronic delivery system would add to the flexibility of delivery in the event that there were periods when only a small group of candidates were undertaking the Award. 

f) An investigation of issues pertaining to possible collaborative delivery of the qualification, forming closer ties with those charged with delivery in Scotland, Southern and Northern Ireland.


Stream Four, Learning Coaches Project, Department of Professional Development, Cardiff School of Education Stream Leader Gill Jones

a) The degree to which the delivery of learning and assessment materials can be supported by an online learning environment. As the project is an all-Wales initiative, the Cardiff School of Education (UWIC) must ensure those enrolled onto the Learning Coaches programme are not disadvantaged by geographical distance and have access to the support systems (both academic and pastoral) available within the university. 

b) The extent to which real time conferencing software (Adobe Connect) can provide scalable cost-effective models of student support and mentoring that can be transferred across the Learning Coaches Project. This may also provide a model of practice for Learning Coaches in their own practices when supporting learners.


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Full proposal can be found here

Project plan can be found here


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