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Date(s) - 28/10/2011
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Clore Seminar Room, Women's Library


Event Date: 28 October 2011 – 10:30am – 3:00pm

This seminar was intended for field leaders, course leaders or members of course teams new to concepts of integrating work and learning.

It introduced various forms of learning through work and considered how these can be integrated into different types of higher education programme. The seminar covered a range of options, from a work-based studies context to integration within more traditional delivery models. It also provided an introduction to the uses of APEL and learning contracts linked to learning through work. The seminar was illustrated by case studies and real life examples and involved all participants in activities and discussion.

Intended outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognise different forms of learning through work
  • Outline the uses of APEL and its relevance to employers and different types of higher education learner
  • Propose ways in which learning contracts can be used in different approaches to learning and assessment

Facilitator(s) and brief biographical details:

Helen Corkill, University Co-ordinator for Part-time Provision, University of Bedfordshire.

Helen has a background in both business and curriculum development in higher education and has worked widely to encourage links between industry and higher education.  She has researched into and written on various aspects of work-based learning.  Helen is currently involved in developing programmes in different learning modes for part-time learners, and within this, looking at ways in which AP(E)L and credit transfer can help to encourage workplace learners.

Dr Ruth Helyer, Head of Workforce Development (Research & Policy), Teesside University.  

Ruth is Head of Workforce Development (Research & Policy) at Teesside University. Her research interests encompass all aspects of business-facing activity from an academic perspective. She is the editor of The Work-based Learning Student Handbook (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Other recent publications include, ‘Aligning higher education with the world of work’, Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning (1 (2), 2011). Ruth was formerly the programme leader of Teesside University’s Work-based Studies Programme and has a particular interest in producing such tailored programmes for employed learners; before this she lectured and published in the field of English Studies.

SEEC Seminar Report, 28th October 2011.doc