The FE and Skills Study will conduct desk research and consultation with students and other stakeholders, in order to extend the previous HE investigations to further education. The project will build on the findings and methods of the HE study in order to assess the extent to which those findings are relevant and applicable to the FE and skills sector.
The two main investigation questions are:
What do learners WANT (expectations)?
What do learners NEED to succeed (experiences)?
The project will run from 1 June 2014 to 31 March 2015. We anticipate that the project findings will support colleagues in further education to decide how and how often to monitor changing student expectations, what questions to ask about their experiences; and to decide where to direct efforts in managing and meeting incoming students’ expectations of the digital learning environment.
You can view a Youtube recording of Rhona Sharpe explaining the project to the Jisc Learning and Teaching Experts meeting on 24 June 2014 (note that while Rhona’s presentation mentions visits to Adult and Community Education sites this is no longer intended).
The project team comprises:
Professor Rhona Sharpe, Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University
Dr. Greg Benfield, Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University
Dr. Elizabeth Browne, School of Education, Oxford Brookes University
Dr. Metaxia Pavlakou Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University
Marilyn Hockley, independent consultant
If you have any queries about the project, please contact Prof Rhona Sharpe