Award: CeP Date awarded: 2018
Subjects of expertiseCeP, Inclusivity and Differentiation, Widening Participation
My background is as an Adult literacy teacher for 17 years working in the FE sector teaching adult literacy, delivering teacher training courses for the FE sector, training adult literacy trainees from IoE in their practice year and working collaboratively with vocational tutors to embed functional skills English into vocational areas. I have worked in the HE sector for the last 5 years at a WP institution as a learning developer designing, delivering and evaluating course specific academic literacy primarily with Healthcare students. I work closely with the UG and PG Nursing course teams to deliver a programme of academic skills support aligned to key assessment and transition points.
How can I help Learning Developers?
I have many years of experience teaching and supporting students from Widening Participation backgrounds across a range of curriculum areas. Both in FE and HE sectors. My areas of learning development expertise are in supporting mature students, developing embedded teaching and learning, adopting a build-up approach to academic skills teaching (O’Brien and Dowling-Hethertingon, 2013) and evaluating the impact of learning development initiatives. In addition to working with students, I am also experienced in supporting colleagues. I coordinate a Good Practice Forum amongst the learning development team where colleagues are invited to share evidence-based good practice and external speakers are invited to input on specialist areas of HE work. I mentor colleagues applying for HEA accreditation and have sat on HEA approval panels where I have developed an in-depth understanding of what constitutes a reflective practitioner.