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8 February 2013

CAVC staff gain funding to undertake scholarly activity

Three Cardiff and Vale College lecturers have bid successfully for funding that will push forward the College’s commitment to be a sector-leading Further Education institution in the field of information technology.

One of the projects receiving funding will look into developing table top computers for students.

Creative Industries Lecturer Paul Appleby, Computing Lecturer and Teaching & Learning Leader Russell Oakley and Computing Lecturer Darren Oakley have all obtained funding to conduct research into teaching and learning strategies. The three lecturers submitted applications to the University of Glamorgan’s Centre for Excellent in Learning and Teaching (CELT).

CELT’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning Grants are awarded annually to projects with the aim of making an innovative contribution to learning, teaching and assessment. The theme this year is enhancing student performance, retention and completion at course level – all projects must focus on engaging students as partners in improving the curriculum, classroom experience or in assessment and feedback.

Paul’s project will focus on enhancing e-learning to improve the student experience on the College’s Foundation Degree in Social Media; Russell will be developing the Learning Technology Table - an enhancement of Microsoft Surface - with his HND Computing group and Darren will be working on developing software to enhance  Powerpoint to enable more active learning.

All three will present their projects as work in progress at CAVC’s inaugural Scholarly Activity Conference

at the end of June and will also present their findings at the University’s CELT Conference in 2014.

CAVC has also been successful in winning a Quality Improvement Fund (QIF) grant to create a college-wide programme to promote and embed teaching and learning strategies that recognise and challenge the more able and talented learners in the college. Entitled The Pentathlon Programme, this project will recruit and train tutors in teaching and learning strategies that promote differentiation and challenge more able learners; will develop a cross-college programme for the more able and talented; and will develop a good practice guide for all tutors. Andrea Morgans is the lead lecturer for this project.

Emil Evans, CAVC’s Head of HE and Lifelong Learning, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been so successful this year in gaining substantial funding – nearly £10,000 - to undertake research into developing our core business of teaching and learning. This will help the College in its bid to be a sector-leader in innovative teaching and learning.

“Competition for this funding is intense, particularly when one is competing with bids from university departments. I have met with all the project leaders, we have agreed on action plans for development and I’m really looking forward to working closely with Paul, Russell, Darren and Andrea on these exciting projects. We set ourselves a target of obtaining external funding for scholarly activity back in September and it’s great to see us hit those targets in the first term of the academic year. This is exciting and vital professional development and the fruit of these projects will improve the quality of teaching and learning throughout CAVC.”