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Building a learning community through interdisciplinary collaboration: Check out the latest Collaborative Enhancement Project insights

Date: October 31 - 2022

An innovative Collaborative Enhancement Project, led by the University of Lincoln explores a group of students’ ability to collaborate, learn and make a worthwhile contribution socially through interdisciplinary collaboration.

A Learning Community: An Exploration of the Lincolnshire Tripod supported a group of students to design and deliver a project that engaged with and explored the Lincolnshire visitor economy. The project was a collaboration between the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University.

The project was based on the ‘Team Academy’ model of learning, which draws on the Finnish ‘Tiimiakatemii’ model of learning-by-doing. The project team make several key recommendations for enhancing practice including developing students’ entrepreneurial learning in order to better equip them to operate in complex environments and exploring the potential to replace traditional learning outcomes with ‘vector targets’.

Dr Georgiana Els and Chris Jackson, the project’s leaders, said: ‘In a noisy and rapidly changing marketplace, we believe we were able to demonstrate that adding praxis to learning before graduation offers more than just “some experience”. Personal attributes so often overlooked, or treated as a non-vocational add-on, were augmented by creating a learning journey that enabled participants to sandbox their skills in a safe learning environment, with space for critical reflection on their performance. This allowed them to begin to make sense of the complex world of work into which they were soon to be propelled.’

Dr Ailsa Crum, QAA’s Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards said: ‘This project provides an interesting example of how interdisciplinary collaboration can be fostered to build a learning community and offer an innovative and engaging learning environment for students. It also offers some important considerations which make a valuable contribution to our future work on approaches to learning and assessment, and in the area of enterprise and entrepreneurship education.’

A Learning Community: An Exploration of the Lincolnshire Tripod’s project report is available on the QAA website.

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