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Higher Education Academy Project Update – 26th February 2013

Just a short update on the progress of my HEA teaching development grant project. As mentioned in the last update, I presented at the joint HEA / SHEEF conference ‘Disseminating Innovative Practice‘ at the Radisson Blu hotel in Edinburgh on Tuesday 19th February. There were some pictures taken at various times during the conference, but no video that I could see, and so I decided to video a little recreation of the paper I presented. Due to memory restrictions on uploading videos I had to compress and split the video into two parts, but in any case, here is my presentation:


Part One


Part Two

The quality of presentation was extremely high on the day from all of the presenters that went before me, and to be honest I was somewhat nervous as a result when it came time to carry out my own presentation after lunch (always prefer to present before lunch so that it’s not hanging over you and you can enjoy eating more!!). However what I presented seemed to go down relatively well as I was asked a number of questions following the conclusion of the session.

In the run up to the conference, in the two weeks prior to it, I managed to carry out the final focus group with the student participants on the project to complete phase one, the practical stage of the project. The group was well attended, with nine of the twelve students attending (this was exactly the number I expected), and there were very good levels of contribution from all present. The session was recorded to allow for a proper transcription and to ensure that conclusions and emerging lessons / indications can be drawn in an accurate context. This will hopefully allow for at least one further interim dissemination, whether written or oral, to be drafted in the coming weeks.

Finally, I managed to complete my interim report (circa 2,500 – 3,000 words), which had to be written and forwarded to the HEA by the 18th February, and surprisingly I managed to get this finished and submitted by the 14th. Unusual to not be still writing on deadline day!!!

So now it is on to phase two of the project, and to be honest I don’t think I will have too much to report on relating to that until close to the end of that, but I will of course note anything of interest as and when it crops up.

At this stage I would like to go on record as thanking a number of people for their contributions and help to date, and I feel that having completed the first phase it is an appropriate time to do so:

Professor Angus McAllister – now Emeritus Professor of Law, UWS, who gave me great support relating to my taking on the project prior to his retiral earlier this month.

Mrs Valerie Finch – now retired former subject leader for law, UWS, who allowed me to take on the project in the first place and gave me space in my activity plan to do so prior to her retiral late last year.

Dr Julie Thomson – from the Innovation and Research Office, UWS, for helping me get everything officially set up to run the project and approved at the outset.

Mr Ron Livingstone, head of the business school, UWS, who gave support to the project and said that it was exactly the sort of thing that he was happy for staff of the business school to get involved in.

All of the students who volunteered, successfully or otherwise, to take part in the project. Without their input, the project would have been impossible to get off the ground. In particular, the levels of engagement of many of these students has been absolutely superb and has helped enormously with being able to draw valid indications and conclusions thus far.

Patricia Meiklejohn and Graeme White from Paisley Sheriff Court and Hamilton Sheriff Court respectively, both of whom were so welcoming to myself and the students taking part in the project. Patricia in particular really helped by spending some time with the students on their first court visit, explaining various aspects of the court and personnel, as well as answering student questions. This was very much appreciated by both myself and all of the students.

The various other personnel of the courts, many of whom took the time to come and speak to the students including at times the fiscal depute on duty, defence agents, clerk of court, court officers, police officers and others.

The HEA and all of the hard working staff there. Without their hard work (and money!), projects like mine would be unlikely to exist. In addition, the events and conferences that they organise ensure that results and indications can be disseminated to a number of relevant people, which of course helps enormously.

And finally, anybody else that I may have overlooked in the few minutes I have been typing – if you have helped, then I am grateful, and apologies for not mentioning you by name. I would also include here anybody who has taken the time to come to this blog and read / watch the videos of my ongoing progress, hopefully you have found something interesting on your visit.

As mentioned, I’ll of course make further updates as and when necessary.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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HEA Project – Phase One Dissemination

A happy new year to all. This is just a short update on my ongoing HEA teaching development grant project: (Legal Education – academic or practical? The use of flexible learning to compare undergraduate students observing professional practice with those learning in a traditional academic setting).

The focus group which officially ends phase one of the project was delayed slightly so as not to interfere with the exam diet for the students who have been taking part. This has now been confirmed as taking place on Tuesday 12th February 2013.

February will be a busy month for working on the project as in addition to the focus group and (immediate!) transcribing and analysis of results, the official interim report is then due to be completed and sent to the HEA by Monday 18th. Immediately following the submission of the interim report I am presenting the activity and results of the project to date at a conference on Tuesday 19th.

The conference, which is being hosted jointly by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in conjunction with the Scottish Higher Education Employability Forum (SHEEF) is:

Disseminating Innovative Practice
Tuesday 19th February 2013
Radisson Blu Hotel,
80 High Street,
Royal Mile,
Edinburgh

My presentation is simply titled “Learning via traditional academic methods versus learning by observing professional practice” and will last fifteen minutes followed by five minutes of plenary questions.

Hopefully this all passes without any major issues and I will update with a further blog toward the end of the month.

 
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