Our funded PhD studentships relate to the current university-wide projects: the National Mixed Methodology Learning Gain and Scaling Up Active Collaborative Learning for Student Success. These projects will have a significant impact on student learning and educational outcomes at ARU, as well as addressing the benefits of higher education across the sector nationally and internationally.
The PhD student researchers will support the development of a shared understanding and knowledge of Learning Gain, and disseminate this work through participation in seminars and conferences. The projects will support ARU’s strategy Designing our Future 2016–2017, ARU’s Research and Innovation Strategy 2018-2022, and FHEMS’s Research Strategy 2015–2020.
Deborah’s research focuses on the area of Learning Gain and, within this, looks specifically at team-based learning and employability upon graduation. Team-based learning is an active learning approach using a style of teaching that encourages the student to play an active role in thinking about the knowledge content of their course. Deborah is exploring how valuable and transferable employability skills are embedded through a team-based learning approach to curriculum design.
Maddy’s research also focuses on the area of Learning Gain, and the use of learning analytics to inform the curriculum evaluation process. Her research will concentrate on learning design intentions, and how these can be evaluated in terms of Learning Gain using data gathered on student activity. Maddy is also investigating the role of the teacher in using this data, and how Learning Gain relates to graduate attributes and skills.