The HEA and the QAA commissioned Liz Thomas Associates to undertake research about Effective Practice in Independent Learning, between March and August 2014

DO YOU HAVE AN EXAMPLE OF EFFECTIVE PRACTICE IN INDEPENDENT LEARNING IN YOUR DISCIPLINE(S)?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST?

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have commissioned Liz Thomas Associates to undertake research about Effective Practice in Independent Learning, between March and August 2014.  As part of this study we are looking for examples of effective practice in undergraduate independent learning in a wide range of disciplines.

Broadly, independent learning is undertaken by students, either on their own or with others, without direct input from teaching staff.  It contributes to course-specific learning outcomes. The aim is to identify practices that create, support and promote independent learning, which can then be shared with others in the HE sector.

We are interested in hearing about examples of effective practice in dance, drama and music as well as other discipline areas, from any institution delivering higher education. To express an interest in sharing your effective practice please email rob@lizthomasassociates.co.uk with the following information:

– Your name and contact details;

– Brief description of your example of effective practice (including subject area);

– A comment about why you feel this is effective

We would appreciate responses as soon as possible. The deadline for expressions of interest is the end of May.

Selected examples will be followed up to be included in the Compendium of Effective Practice in Independent Learning in Higher Education (to be published by the HEA and QAA). In addition a limited number of examples will be included as in-depth case study in the final report and associated dissemination.

It should be noted that this research is exploratory and descriptive in nature, rather than evaluative or judgemental.  To support this intention the case studies will draw on the spirit of appreciative inquiry and emphasise the co-production of knowledge and understanding, rather than the extraction of information.

For further details about the research please visit http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/projects/detail/Research/Effective_Practice_Indep_Learn  or email liz@lizthomasassociates.co.uk