Meeting the needs of students within an institutional Personal Development Planning (PDP) framework: piloting, informing, embedding and evaluating ePDP in a School of Arts, Media and Education (SAME) at a UK University - the PIeR project

Thomas, Barbara E. and Rodriguez-Yborra, Maria A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3022-2099 (2010) Meeting the needs of students within an institutional Personal Development Planning (PDP) framework: piloting, informing, embedding and evaluating ePDP in a School of Arts, Media and Education (SAME) at a UK University - the PIeR project. In: ePortfolios Australia Conference 2010, Widening participation - engaging the learner, 3-4 November, 2010, Melbourne.

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Abstract

The Dearing Report (2007) with its recommendation for the introduction of personal development planning (PDP) in Higher Education resulted in the University of Bolton developing a PDP framework (2005). Implemented through a validation process across all departments of the university this was later evaluated by Goodrich (2007) who highlighted problems and lack of engagement with the process. The recommendations from this report came at the point of reconfiguration from departments to schools and thus offered the opportunity to develop, within the newly formed School of Arts, Media and Education (SAME), an electronic PDP (ePDP) approach in line with its new e Strategy. This action research project, based on O’Brien’s (1998) collaborative action research activity of practitioners wishing to improve their understanding of practice is underpinned by Cowan’s (2006) diagram of reflection ‘for’ ‘in’ and ‘on’ moving from prior learning to further learning. The culture of ePDP in the School of Arts, Media and Education at the University of Bolton, in the United Kingdom (UK), is slowly changing due to the greater involvement of students and staff with technology. The challenge is to ensure that the PDP concept is fully and holistically understood and embedded within the different discipline groups in the SAME and on the agreed Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform the university is progressing to. This research paper reflects on the results, challenges and evaluation of the pilot and two further years of implementation of an ePDP exercise in the SAME. This paper reports on an action research project that aimed to facilitate and accommodate an institutional framework with particular attention to the Art & Design subject area. This discipline illustrates the specific needs required to fulfil the University of Bolton (UoB) Portfolio framework, recommending some adjustments with the support of current UoB technology and exploring good practice opportunities that could be mirrored in other AME disciplines. We wish to acknowledge and thank Richard Ashley, John Washington and Sarah Lawton for their efforts in the pilot implementations of the e PDP approaches in the SAME.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This paper was given at ePortfolios Australia Conference 2010, Widening participation - engaging the learner, 3-4 November, Melbourne; and published in the conference e-book, 'EAC2010 Book of Abstracts and Papers.' Conference information can be found here http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/content/e-portfolios-australia
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Education
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:36
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2018 14:43
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/178

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