A Strategy for Maximizing Learning Gains

Authors: Bobeva, M. and Kiselov, G.

Dates: 27 March 2017


The concept of learning gains has had a wider coverage internationally but is fairly new to the UK (HEFCE 2015).This session will first introduce learning gains (LGS) in the context of HE and compare these to learning outcomes and value-added. It will critically evaluate methods for measuring LGS and will focus on student e-portfolios and reflective accounts as evidence of PPD and LGS. We will then introduce the wider spectrum of learning opportunities within BU, including extra-curriculum activities such as Global Talent programme, the staff-student collaboration competitions, SUBU clubs and societies, and the Student Project Bank as hubs for social and experiential learning. A strategy for maximizing learning gains through explicit links between course delivery and the above provisions will be presented. It will be illustrated through the lived experiences of a BU student, who will talk about his journey as UG BS student that demonstrates how classes have inspired his business visions and further engagement with experiential and social learning through extra-curriculum activities. He will demonstrate his e-portfolios and other artefacts evidencing his PPD attainment. The session will conclude with a discussion of opportunities for collaboration in an international study on LGS and employability.

Attendees will gain: -Understanding of learning gains and how they differ from learning outcomes and value-added; -Appreciation of how personalisation of education could be achieved through linking course studies with extra-curriculum activities, thus fusing formal, social and experiential learning; -Recognition of the role of reflective accounts and e-portfolios as evidence of learning gains and student employability.

The work is grounded in Milena’s pedagogic practice, using e-portfolios for student personal and professional development. It builds on her work in performance management, student employability and innovation in education.

Source: Manual