Yesterday I attended an HEA event in Birmingham that brought together many of the institutional teams which had participated the HEA's 2015/2015 Strategic Enhancement Programmes. It was an opportunity to catch up with the TEF and the HEA's 'take' on that, for HEA staff to bring us all up to date with the work being conducted on thematic frameworks, and for teams to showcase the work they did as part of the SEP.
The significant aspect to emerge which relates to flexible learning is the initiative from the Sheffield Hallam SEP team suggesting that a collaborative sector-wide flexible learning community of practice might be set up. The HEA is enthusiastic and there was a warm response from the 20 or so delegates who attended the workshop where the idea was discussed.
The team's useful handout outlining some suggested discussion points is below. Anyone interested in responding or getting involved should contact Stella Jones-Devitt at S.Jones-Devitt@shu.ac.uk.
Dr Alison Le Cornu is a freelance Consultant in Academic Practice working in higher education. She specialises in flexible learning which she understands as empowering learners by giving them the ability to choose how, what, where and when they study. This is very dependent on institutional systems and structures having the capacity to facilitate this. She works with institutions at all levels to help them bring about the institutional/student partnership that this requires.