Changing the Learning Landscape is about enabling higher education institutions in England, including colleges of further education providing higher education, to bring about change in their strategic approaches to technology in learning and teaching.
Changing the Learning Landscape is a groundbreaking partnership between the Association for Learning Technology, the Higher Education Academy, Jisc, the National Union of Students and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. The Partnership has been funded in 2012-13 and 2013-14 by Hefce, and so is able to provide services at minimal or no cost to institutions.
Changing the Learning Landscape 2013-14
Hefce has confirmed ongoing funding for the programme for a second year, with an increased focus on the impact of online learning on institutions’ learning and teaching strategies.
In contrast with 2012-13, there will be no bidding processes this year for consultancy support or for places on our leadership development programmes for senior managers and for institutional teams. This time, we will be discussing the needs of universities and colleges through a single strategic conversation with one of our leading consultants.
To discuss how your institution can engage with Changing the Learning Landscape (and if you haven’t already arranged a strategic conversation), please contact Lucy Matthews.
The potential impacts of Changing the Learning Landscape will be on students’ learning and life prospects, on institutional and systemic practice, and on collaboration and partnership across and between universities and colleges.
The CLL partners hope that you enjoy exploring these pages as they evolve over the coming months – and that your story becomes part of the new learning landscape.
You can apply for Changing the Learning Landscape if you work in a university or college in England that provides higher education.
The Intensive Programme is designed for senior managers with overall institutional responsibility for learning and teaching. This will typically be a Pro Vice-Chancellor or equivalent who has responsibility to create strategy which impacts student experience.
Consultancy Expertise to Support Institutional Teams is available to any university or college in England that provides higher education. Institutions will need senior management support, as this is part of the application process. However, the consultancy support you get can be used at any level within the institution.
Continuing Professional Development activities are available for academic staff and senior institutional leaders of educational development.
It begins in October 2012, when we are opening applications for the first rounds of both the consultancy work and the intensive programme. These activities get underway before the end of 2012. In early 2013, we will open applications for the second round of consultancy, and begin the programme of workshops to support academic practitioners. For those institutions which have participated in the intensive programme for Pro Vice-Chancellors (Learning & Teaching), we will be opening applications for programmes for their institutional teams.
Changing the Learning Landscape ends in July 2013.
Each of the partners has specific and well-respected expertise in its own right. Working collaboratively, we believe we can offer unprecedented support to the HE system in England which will equate to considerably more than the ‘sum of the parts’. We also believe that by learning to work together through Changing the Learning Landscape, we can build sustainable partnerships for the future.
No – it would probably be fair to say that the partners are adopting an emergent approach to Changing the Learning Landscape, from which we hope it will be possible to derive insights from an empirical base. We will be adopting a broad social constructivist perspective in engaging with individuals and teams through our activities.
In addition to our own thoughts and experiences of the process and the projects, we are also commissioning and independent evaluator to review the project.
No, the resources available are only for places on learning and development programmes and events, or for allocations from the consultancy pool.
No, it’s designed so that institutions can decide on exactly what blend of interventions they wish to access. We expect some institutions to engage across all the programme strands, whereas others will prefer to choose only a limited part of what is on offer. We recognise that different institutions are at different stages and the emergent nature of this project means that we can accommodate that.
The greatest level of engagement in Changing the Learning Landscape would involve sending a Pro Vice-Chancellor and a team of four colleagues on both cohorts of the intensive leadership development programme, applying for six days of consultancy which are available without charge, and sending several members of staff to participate in the CPD workshop programme.
On the other hand, an institution may simply wish to request a single day of facilitation expertise from the consultancy pool, or to put forward one or two colleagues to take part in an open workshop event.
No, the consultancy requested by an institution does not need to be connected to participation in programme activities.
No, your participation in the programme can be seen as a stand-alone activity.
You can request facilitation in your request to the consultancy pool – if you look at the application guidelines, you’ll see that what is available is designed to meet a wide range of needs and situations.
The Higher Education Academy, together with SEDA and other partners in Changing the Learning Landscape, is planning a mix of face-to-face (streamed live and recorded) and online events and associated resources.
There is no charge for most of the activity provided by Changing the Learning Landscape. However, if your institution takes part in the intensive programme, a fee of £1500 will be payable for the participating Pro Vice-Chancellor, and each additional institutional team member will be charged £500 – in both cases, these charges include all programme fees, materials, accommodation and food. It does not include travel to or from the venue or any other expenses.
If your institution would like to request more consultancy support than the maximum number of days available, this can be arranged at an agreed fee for each additional day of consultancy. This will be at an unsubsidised rate.
Each application for the consultancy pool, and for the intensive programme, will need to be authorised by a member of your institution’s Senior Management Team. The CPD events in 2013 will be bookable without needing to provide evidence of authorisation to Changing the Learning Landscape.
Yes, although each bid must be approved by a member of the Senior Management Team of the institution. Having said that, it is unlikely that we will fund more than one bid from any one institution in the first application round, but we may provide feedback to a bid which is not immediately successful, in order to increase its likelihood of being funded in the second round.
We will expect your institution to reflect on and record its story of engagement with Changing the Learning Landscape, and its immediate impact. This will not involve an onerous process, though we hope that it will contribute to an evidence base which will be of interest to practitioners in other institutions.
All the resources that come out of the elements of Changing the Learning Landscape will be included on the website. We plan to promote the project in the partners communications activities, including the Leadership Foundation’s own magazine Engage. If you have ideas on how the stories and resources might be best shared do please get in touch.
We see the programme as a real opportunity to highlight and develop ways in which providers of higher education can harness learning technologies to improve access for people who might otherwise encounter barriers arising from issues of gender, race,disability, age, class or sexuality. We will be signposting resources which are exemplars of good practice, such as JISC’s Techdis.
Providing different kinds of opportunities to support the development of new or refresh existing skills.
Internationalisation is of central importance to higher education today, as the impact and implications of globalisation spreads into all aspects of institutions core businesses of teaching, learning, research and knowledge exchange.
The Leadership Foundation provides a dedicated service of support and advice on leadership, governance and management for all the UKs universities and Higher Education colleges.
Higher education governance has never been so high-profile. This site is a key resource for governors, council members and others interested in governance in higher education.
See the benefits being a member of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education can offer you.