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Case Study 3: Higher Education Academy

Research   Flexible Learning   Employability   Higher Education   Teaching And Learning   Pedagogy   Work-based Learning  

Who we worked with

Higher Education Academy

The aims of the project

We were invited by the Higher Education Academy to provide a contribution to the Higher Education Academy(HEA) research programme on flexible pedagogies, which investigated new thinking and practices to support the higher education sector in increasing flexible provision. Our research presented examples of pedagogical practices and made recommendations with case studies of employer engagement and work-based learning. More details of the HEA programme can be found here

The steps taken to achieve the aims

We undertook extensive research into national and international policy initiatives to develop a better understanding of work-based learners and the types of flexibility that may well enhance their study, especially pedagogically. We investigated different theoretical models underpinning approaches to work-based and work-related learning and identified examples of good practice in the sector. 

The results

We produced a detailed research report, “Flexible Pedagogies: employer engagement and work-based learning”.  We identified case studies that demonstrated innovative pedagogic approaches to working with employers and delivering work-based and work-related learning and made a series of recommendations of how institutions can influence good practice at strategic and practice levels. The report also features an annexed toolkit for assessing flexible pedagogies for employer engagement. We were asked to disseminate our findings at a large national conference. 

The report is available at  https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/sites/default/files/re...