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Developing online problem-based learning in a new blended Master's programme

This learning and teaching innovation project was funded by the Teaching Development Fund in 2019/20

Project status

In progress


Project started on 1 Jul 2020

Project Leader - Dr Max Western, Health

This project, which was funded by the Teaching Development Fund (TDF) in 2019/20 aims to develop an online resource to train and support teaching staff in using the person-based approach to develop and optimise lecture courses and other online resources to enhance remote teaching practice.

The person-based approach is a framework for creating effective, engaging, and motivating digital resources that centralises around the preferences and context of its target users. This will help teaching staff address the specific, diverse needs of all their students.

We used our extensive research experience in engaging digital communication to:

  • run focus groups and interviews, identifying key barriers and facilitators that staff and students have about delivering and engaging with digital learning
  • develop a brief training tool to train staff in the person-based approach (including effectively addressing student feedback, updating resources using the Table of Changes, and monitoring on-going engagement and acceptability)
  • evaluation of the training tool using mixed methods across Department of Health and Department of Psychology.

This tool will be rapidly implemented within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences with the potential for expansion university wide, enhancing digital learning to ensure student needs are met during and beyond this challenging time.

Max provided a 15 minute talk at EduFest 2022 our annual Learning & Teaching Conference, the session recording is available to view

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