Archive for October, 2011
The Loughborough Student Charter, 2011-2012, was created earlier this year with the input of staff, students and student representatives from across campus. Signed by both Prof Shirley Pearce, the Vice Chancellor, and Rebecca Bridger, the Loughborough Students’ Union President, this document exemplifies the sense of partnership that exists here at Loughborough University. In addition to being available in leaflet and poster form, it is also now located at www.lboro.ac.uk/studentcharter.
Developed with Loughborough Students’ Union, this document will be reviewed annually by the University’s Learning and Teaching Committee. It is based upon the work of the Student Charter Group, which was chaired by the National Union of Students and Universities UK, with Department of Business, Innovation & Skills support.
Currently in a dissemination phase, it will be evaluated during the course of this academic year, before being reviewed ahead of 2012-13. Feedback to either Dr Maurice FitzGerald (Quality Enhancement Officer, Teaching Centre) – email firstname.lastname@example.org – or to Jayde Savage, Vice President (Education), Loughborough Students’ Union – email email@example.com – is very welcome.
This resource was funded through the Loughborough University Development Trust. The trust exists to support the University in giving students an outstanding quality of educational experience. It raises funds from former students and other friends of the University. Their generosity has made this support possible.
The NUS have produced a new Charter on Technology in Higher Education which follows on from their report into student perspectives on the use of ICT commissioned by the HEFCE Online Learning Taskforce (see previous post).
The Charter was presented by Emily-Ann Nash from the NUS at the Future of Technology in Education 2011 conference at University of London Senate House last Friday.
To my mind, the 10 principles set out in the Charter are uncontroversial although implementing them in full may not be straightforward. Having worked with various colleagues over the last few months developing a new E-learning Strategy for Loughborough, it is interesting to me that the 10 principles in the Charter map well onto our own document.
The Teaching Centre has been actively seeking to create and provide resources to support staff involved in the academic and/or personal tutoring process.
A set of frequently asked questions has now been posted at http://tinyurl.com/lborotutoring and includes answers to common queries such as “What is the University’s advice on Personal Tutoring?”, “What support is there for you as a Personal Tutor?”, etc.
The information will be updated and enhanced in the light of feedback received from users.