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14/10/2009

Co-genT Project

The WVLLN is pleased to be working in partnership with the University of Winchester, the University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire on the Co-genT project.  The project is a result of the University of Gloucestershire’s successful bid which resulted in funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) for an innovative project which seeks to become a leading initiative in the field of demand-led education.  The project will run from April 2009 to March 2011, and aims to develop technological tools to enable the co-generation of higher education curricula by employers in partnership with academics.

The project promotes the role of technology in supporting and developing Business and Community Engagement (BCE) initiatives through the integration of systems, embedding graduate attributes and employment-related skills within an institutional accreditation framework, the Gloucestershire Shell Framework.  Co-genT will establish methodologies for BCE supported by configurable tools which will enable flexibility, accessibility and the personalisation of curricula across a wide range of continuing professional development (CPD) and degree courses.

The toolkit will be tested and evaluated by the University of Gloucestershire and project partners, University of Winchester, University of Worcester and the Western Vocational Lifelong Learning Network.

Anticipated outputs and outcomes

  • A vocabulary mapping and aligning professional and academic standards that can be used to support demand-led curriculum development
  • A configurable toolkit which supports a co-generative curriculum design process, which will include:
  • Learner Profiles which make explicit to students the skills attributes and knowledge to be evidenced. The output will be uploaded into an e-portfolio.
  • Personalised pathways, made explicit through an ‘explain and share’ presentation tool. These will provide a visual representation of activities, support and resources.
  • Integration of ELLI (Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory) with PebblePad e-portfolio system
  • Establishing a set of processes for the delivery of co-generated demand-led curriculum developments

http://resources.glos.ac.uk/tli/lets/projects/cogent/index.cfm

Follow the link to find out more about this exciting project

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

The IAG web tool was launched in January 2009. Lifepilot www.life-pilot.co.uk is designed with the working adult in mind who may be looking to progress in his/her chosen career, or looking to move into a completely new field. Lifepilot provides a range of useful information designed to provide a starting point for adults who have the potential to study a higher level course, by dint of their experience. Sue Lewis has taken over from Janet Lonsdale as the WVLLN's Support for Learners Project Co-ordinator managing the development of the Lifepilot website. We wish Sue well in her new role with the WVLLN.

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