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Making the most of national enhancement initiatives

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Roni Bamber of Queen Margaret University challenged the Scottish Higher Education Developers at Edinburgh University on February 5th 2015 to reflect on how we can make the most of initiatives such as the QAA Student Transitions Theme and Learning from International Practice (LFIP): Postgraduate Taught Student Experience. There has been a considerable investment over time in enhancement projects. How many of us recognise the acronym REAP, or the resource of the Re-engineering Assessment Practices project at the University of Ulster supported by JISC? As ever there are lots of issues such as the maintenance of websites, editable resources and the continuing currency of ideas once projects have concluded. Staff developers were reminded of the theme cards produced by REAP and presented with a Masterness Toolkit and Seven Cards produced by LFIP. Lots of stuff, you might say, but how can staff use the stuff to enhance student learning? “Promoting dialogue” was one answer offered by Roni Bamber who provided the example of a Dialogue Sheet from the current enhancement theme: http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/docs/workshop/student-transitions-dialogue-sheet.pdf?sfvrsn=14

The gauntlet was thrown down to education developers to try out the Dialogue Sheet at the workshop, and by extension to take the idea back to our home institutions. At the end of a stimulating workshop I was left with the eternal education development, enhancement dilemma of where is the most appropriate place for development activities to make the most of materials generated by national enhancement initiatives. If anyone would like to know more about, or try out the Dialogue Sheet approach to transitions at a School or Team meeting, feel free to get in touch or call by 2536 for a coffee and a chat.

Martin Watson

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