This joint research project with Leeds College of Building and York College focused on reviewing the student experience of blended learning during the lockdown periods. The research explored science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), construction and built environment subject areas, which do not traditionally lend themselves to blended learning due to the significant practical elements required of students.
The project focused on two main aspects:
- A review of the blended learning experience of students on courses across levels three to six in a STEM related subject area.
- Identification of developmental activities that support improved progression from studying, into the workplace, with a focus on digital skills.
The qualitative data was sought by undertaking focus groups with students, supported by evidence-based research into curriculum models and the theoretical understanding of developing a blended curriculum.
This project team identified barriers to a blended model and possible approaches to reduce them by working with alumni, current students, and relevant employers, bringing all the information together into a recommended support structure for progression to sustained employment in STEM sectors.
- The information and feedback from students was used in the long-term curriculum modelling for both colleges, implementing best practices for future students.
- The research identified wider digital skills and knowledge barriers and how these can be addressed to support the progression of students into the workplace using blended learning.
- The team developed a framework of indicative content for staff blended learning modules and for student digital skills and employability modules.
The full project report includes important points from the background research, analysis and conclusions. You can also access the ‘At a glance’ document which provides a snapshot of the project in summary form, and a ‘Key findings’ file which highlights lessons learned and recommendations.
Leeds College of Building
Other Collaborative Enhancement Projects
QAA supports a number of projects every year, covering a range of topics and interest areas. Each is led by a QAA Member, working in collaboration with other members institutions. You can find more information on all projects, and access resources and outputs, on our website.