March 30th, 2007
A bid for funding as part of Phase 1 of the Higher Education Academy Pathfinder Programme has been approved. The Pathfinder Programme is part of the HEFCE Strategy for e-Learning, focusing on embedding e-learning through a joint strategy with JISC and the HE Academy. Pathfinder is intended as a follow-up to institutional e-Benchmarking exercises, of which the one at MMU is scheduled to be completed in early April.
The MMU e-Benchmarking Exercise has brought together key individuals and representatives of groups from across the University. We have used the e-Benchmarking Exercise to identify our current position; current and potential challenges and drivers; future possibilities and a set of draft strategic goals for integration of e-learning into learning and teaching at MMU, especially focusing on pedagogic and curriculum issues.
While the emphasis in the e-benchmarking activity was on gathering data and information about the current status and impact of e-learning in the institution, the focus of the Pathfinder Programme is on the design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of transformation processes and activities which are intended to lead to the long term enhancement, using information and communication technologies, of the learning and teaching provision and processes of the entire institution, i.e. the aim is long term change and not just short-term innovation.
The Pathfinder Programme officially starts on 1st May and lasts for 12 months. There will be a total project budget of over Â£300,000 and the project involves a team of 22 academics from across the institution, led by Dr Bill Johnston.