Learning and Teaching Strategy for 2011-2014.
The Learning and Teaching Strategy 2011-14 builds on the developments achieved under the earlier strategy and aims to further develop the excellence of our learning and teaching. There is a strong focus on a more streamlined curriculum, with greater cross-discipline engagement by students and staff, extending the expertise of our staff and the learning opportunities for students. Work on internationalisation of the curriculum will also continue.
Other aspirations for the coming years include extending the global reach of the IOE through an enhanced use of technology, building on the advances made in online provision and ensuring that this is as exciting and challenging as our campus based provision. We want to build a truly integrated international student body that has choice and flexibility in how and where they learn.
Our undergraduate provision has been extended, an exciting development for the IOE which we will be carefully monitoring in the early stages to ensure students are fully supported, and are learning and progressing and participating in the wider opportunities offered by the IOE.
We are continuing to improve the Learning and Teaching Conference. A change of date last year meant more of our staff could participate on the day and this we expect to continue in the coming years.
Some exciting new funds have been won for research projects which directly engage us in improving the students' learning during their programme of study. These focus on digital literacies and formative feedback. Dissemination of the outcomes and ongoing developments of these important projects will be presented through the Learning and Teaching Conference and other forums during this and the next two years.
Applications to the annual National Teaching Fellowship Scheme individual awards continue to be encouraged from all staff who teach at the Institute – the invitation to submit proposals usually arrives late in the autumn term.
Support for teaching at the Institute includes the Academic Writing Centre, which offers students options on a range of ways to improve and develop writing skills. The centre also works with programme leaders to tailor academic literacy provision as required by a specific programme or cohort of students.
The Library continues to provide an exceptional service, as indicated by the comments received through our student surveys. The London Knowledge Lab and its pioneering work with digital technologies provides an important resource for all staff who are actively encouraged to take up the services offered by the team there.
These are some of the ways in which learning and teaching is being advanced and enhanced at the Institute. If you have suggestions on how this can be further achieved, contact Norbert Pachler, Pro-Director: Teaching, Quality and Learning Innovation to discuss how your ideas can be taken forward.