This project aims to implement new strategies to create improved curriculum delivery models that allow the Department of Continuing Education to respond more flexibly to stakeholders’ needs. The project will develop and pilot a series of technology-enabled delivery models and policies and strategies to embed these new delivery solutions on an ongoing basis.

Cascade

The project has now completed. The final report, evaluation and case studies are available from the bottom of the page.

Key Project Outputs

Reports

Case studies

Guidance documents

Technical deliverables

Associated resources

Content


Overview

The Developing New Models to Transform the Delivery & Support of Learning for Continuing & Professional Learners at the University of Oxford (Cascade) project aims to implement new strategies to create improved curriculum delivery models that allow the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education to respond more flexibly to stakeholders’ needs. Using an iterative design, implementation and evaluation process the project will develop and pilot a series of technology-enabled delivery models and embed the new delivery solutions in the ongoing practices and policies of the Department, and make the results of the project available to the wider HE community.

Aims and Objectives

The Cascade project aims to use technology to enable the Department for Continuing Education to respond better to the challenges of the government’s Equivalent or Lower Qualifications policy by:

1) Undertaking its activities more efficiently so that resources are focused on value-adding activities e.g. delivering improvements to the student experience and the creation of tools that support best practice.

2) Developing new, or repurposing existing activities to support the Department in the delivery of its new vision and provide additional revenue streams as it seeks to maintain its position as an internationally-recognised centre for excellence for continuing and professional education.

3) Supporting the Department’s ability to deliver academically superb courses to students of the highest calibre through the use of new tools and functionality to augment the services currently offered to students.

Project Methodology

After an initial phase to review current practice and research possible solutions the project intends to run focus groups with stakeholders to develop and refine models for use in our context. The project will then commence an iterative development, piloting and evaluation cycle to fully test and evaluate as many of these models as possible in the period of the project. Once these are relatively mature the project will work closely with stakeholders on mechanisms to ensure embedding and sustainability within the Department and more widely within the University.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

The anticipated project outcomes and their value to the community are:

  • Identification and implementation of flexible and creative curriculum delivery models to support continuing and professional learners
  • Evidence of the impact of these delivery models in practice with reference to experience of tutors and students
  • Guidance, support materials, tools and case studies that will benefit others
  • Transferable strategies and processes to embed and disseminate the work of the project
  • Practical feedback on models and ideas developed by JISC, where applicable
  • To disseminate knowledge gained to inform concurrent and future JISC initiatives
  • The development of all outputs as open source, made available, free at the point of use, to the UK HE and FE community in perpetuity

Technologies/Standards

The project will utilize the departmental VLE, Moodle and will engage with other media and delivery standards as required. Where appropriate we will engage the standards within in the eFramework.

Lead Institution

    University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education

Project Staff

Project director:

Sean Faughnan
University of Oxford
Department for Continuing Education
Tel: 01865 270375
Email: sean.faughnan@conted.ox.ac.uk

Project manager:

Marion Manton
University of Oxford
TALL, Department for Continuing Education
Tel: 01865 280 986
Email: marion.manton@conted.ox.ac.uk

Research officer:

Bridget Lewis
University of Oxford
TALL, Department for Continuing Education
Tel: 01865 280983
Email: bridget.lewis@conted.ox.ac.uk

 

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