JISC WELL Project
The Workforce Engagement in Lifelong Learning (WELL) project is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and will develop, implement and evaluate a model for module/unit delivery and assessment that meets the needs of the employer, learners and University. The model will be piloted with learners from the Escalate programme in two academic schools at the University of Bradford.
The School of Health has established links with Calderdale and Kirklees Primary Care Trust to provide accredited learning opportunities for assistant practitioners in rehabilitation. These staff will need small packages of learning that they can build up into more comprehensive awards with potential for 'step-on step-off' points.
The School of Lifelong Education and Development has been working with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service for the last 5 years providing courses to meet the training needs of middle and senior managers. A recent review of the training needs in the organisation requires the academic programmes to be more closely aligned with their management development programme (18-24 months), so the University needs to provide more flexible learning programmes in a shorter timescale than are currently offered.
The model will include support for all the major aspects of module/unit delivery including: familiarisation with technologies; support for academic and social induction; delivery of learning materials; communication and collaboration; assessment; use of ePortfolios; and APEL for previous learning and experience. It will deliver learning in a reduced (or extended) time frame to meet the needs of all stakeholders and will utilise the outputs of other JISC projects. The long term aim is to create a delivery model that can be used on any academic programme to encourage participation of work-based learners.
The JISC WELL video (Windows Media File, 5MB) gives an overview of the two pilot programmes and what we hope to achieve.
You can also access the project weblog to read informal reflections and updates on project activities.