We have been working on a number of pilots that make use of a range of 'web2.0' tools and personal learning tools for transition and progression into Higher Education.
1. Communicating in an Information Age - Combined studies foundation degree module using blogs and wikis.
The aims of this module were on developing group working and information, communication and technology (ICT) skills. So that students work with others more effectively and exploit technology for presenting and sharing information within a multi-cultural society.
Students were introduced to blogs and wikis along with other ICT tools and had to contribute to a group wiki and group blog as part of the module assessment.
Full details of the module can be found by clicking this link.
The module tutor also kept a blog to reflect on the progress of the module.
One of the students on the module wrote a poem about his experiences of learning to use blogs and wikis.
The same module is also being used for Progression to Level 4 students which aims to give Gifted and Talented 6th form students the chance to take university level modules.
2. University of Leeds Medical Conference Blog
A yearly medical conference is held at the university for local year 12 students from a widening participation background to raise awareness of medicine as a career. The blog was designed to encourage learning to take place beyond the timescale of the conference.
Tools used: Eduspaces (formerly elgg)
3. Mentoring peer support
About 30 students and staff at LeedsMet University are involved in mentoring young people in local schools in order to help raise aspirations. This is organised by the LeedsMet Community Partnerships and Volunteering team.
A wiki is being used to help mentors support each other, share experiences and share resources.
Tools used: Wikispaces
4. Online Progression Module with Black Minority & Ethnic (BME) year 12 students in Leeds.
Students complete an assessed module that aims to get them thinking about going to university or work.
The module was a distance learning module using an e-portfolio and self-directed learning material. Students attended monthly face to face sessions at the university to check progress.
Tools Used: PebblePAD e-portfolio, Google Groups