Evidence of pastoral care and support of participants
The figure below highlights the key aspects of support provided on the programme. Student support is one of the most prominent sources of feedback comments. It is achieved by taking a holistic approach and providing the following services face-to-face and online:
- A week long Programme Induction: f2f and online support
- Guidance in the student handbooks and module specifications including essential and recommended reading lists
- Interactive library and study skills packages available via the web
- Educational guidance available from Module Tutors and the Programme Co-ordinators
- IT support from technical staff within the School
- Institute-wide facilities including the Disability Liasion Office, which provides assistance and guidance e.g. Dyslexia, disabled students information
- Contact with peer group via eLearning threaded discussions, wimba live classroom virtual support surgeries, chat room facility, and email
- Exemplar accessible design of an eLearning environment
The programme is underpinned by the aligned instructional strategies of experiential learning, reflective practice, regular and prompt formative feedback to participants, as well as opportunities to both share their innovative ideas and pedagogic research on their professional practice (see figure below).
The MSc seeks to provide lifelong learning opportunities that aim to be valued by academic, industry, community and other partners, nationally and internationally, for the transfer of knowledge and skills relevant to sustainable development. To this end we will in close partnership with future employers, professional bodies to ensure our programmes are market responsive, relevant and appropriate.
ePortfolios are a central feature of the programme and it allows participants to take control of their own professional development and empowers them to make connections with their own experience and knowledge. Over the two years of the programme, participants are offered regular workshops where they develop skills for ePortfolio development (on a variety of platforms), development of reflective practice, and creating multimedia such as digital video, imagery, and podcasts.