Research projects being undertaken by members of our HE Community enable our lecturing and academic support teams to develop the practice of teaching and learning at the college. Many of our projects are at the cutting edge of higher education being delivered by the further education sector. Our research has been published and presented at a regional and national level to university and college research practitioners and groups.
Examples of our current research projects include examining how active learning strategies can improve student assessment results on foundation degree programmes, reviewing how distance learning and e-learning methodologies can be used effectively for HE contribution programmes, investigating safe printmaking methods on our HE visual arts courses and investigating the expectations of HE international students studying on UK based business and management programmes.
We believe that our research activities should improve the academic experience of our students and benefit employers and stakeholders. An example of this dedication would be the current partnership research between lecturing and library staff. These teams are analysing how we implement our range of HE learning resources for students new to higher education in the first few weeks of study. This research has helped ensure our students get the best possible experience in accessing and using our resources, and was recognised in a June 2011 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education report, praising our development of an ‘excellent’ and a ‘wide range of support materials’ for our HE learners.
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