The LEAP (Learning Excellence Achievement Pathway) framework: A model for student learning development in higher education

McIntosh, Emily Alice ORCID: 0000-0002-5602-9027 and Barden, Mary ORCID: 0000-0002-4901-4177 (2019) The LEAP (Learning Excellence Achievement Pathway) framework: A model for student learning development in higher education. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (14). ISSN 1759-667X

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This article explores the development of the LEAP (Learning Excellence Achievement Pathway) framework at the University of Bolton, UK. It describes the nature of the project and focuses on the methodology involved in conducting an institution-wide audit of student learning development (LD) provision and producing a visual framework to stimulate a culture of LD within the organisation. Whilst most UK universities offer a student LD programme at undergraduate level, little work has been undertaken to develop and define a visual framework which underpins these programmes and assists students to conceptualise their progress. This paper explores the context for creating an LD framework and outlines how LD provision is mapped to align curricular LD opportunities with co-curricular student engagement initiatives. The article then considers the implementation of the LEAP framework. A mixed-methods evaluation activity was conducted, involving both staff and students, using a variety of data. Evaluation methods were used to assess the impact of the framework on student LD, revealing a number of positive changes to their LD behaviour and habits, their assessment of LD, the accessibility of help and support and their awareness of the context in which LD takes place. Finally, we identify future developments to the framework to embed it further within the institution.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning development framework, digital literacy, academic development, learning development culture, digital badging, student engagement
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: General Research
Library > University of Bolton Library Research
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 08:46
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 08:49

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