With the growing number of international students (from 720 to 1400 by 2020) studying in ADM, the in-house, bespoke academic support currently offered needs to be maximised and extended. Moreover, research suggests that an effective integration of Culture and Language training into specific disciplinary programmes requires flexible delivery methods that allow for self-paced and independent and personalised learning (Lawler and Donnelly, 2009). The Virtual Learning Platform in Culture and Language (VLP) for International Art and Design students draws upon these ideas and the success of the Interactive Learning Lab (ILL) developed during the 2015-16 academic year.
A renewed Virtual Learning Platform in Culture and Language VLP, catering to the interests and needs of the ADM students and their specific disciplines, will engage and improve the student experience by providing a creative, practice-based and integrated resource. This platform of resources will be developed and disseminated in the form of short video podcasts, aligned to the new curriculum and created in collaboration between the Student Academic Partners and University Staff. As Jonathan Copley’s suggests students reveal a real ‘enthusiasm for podcast recordings of lectures (and other) materials for the ‘revision and preparation for assessments (Copley, 2016) . The VLP podcast resources would be planned by Carla Hamer (Culture and Language Tutor) a qualified lecturer with a recognized teaching qualification and Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy and an Art-Practice as Research specialist.
The subjects covered by the video resources will vary according to staff’s area of specialism. Advice on Essay and Report Writing, Literature Reviews or Developing a brief, will be provided by staff from the Centre for Academic Success. Specialist staff from different schools in ADM will answer more open-ended questions based on advice for BA and MA students in their disciplinary area, art based research, reflective practice or suggested reading.
To develop and produce interactive learning resources to support the growing number of international Art and Design students.
To ensure that learning enables progression in support of successful achievement.
To create an inter-disciplinary community of practice, based on principles of knowledge transference, independent and practice-based learning that will integrate international and home students.
To increase the potential for post-graduate employment through access to a wider skills set and richly contextualised language.