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1-2 Organisation, resourcing and support for WBL

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Area of focus 1 Institutional readiness
Criterion 1-2 Organisation, resourcing and support for WBL
Main statement
Organisational structures and mechanisms are in place to resource, support and co-ordinate the WBL strategy/business plan and activities across faculties, schools and departments, though ensuring local ownership.
Self assessment guidelines
  • The institution’s committee structure through to SMT/executive level has been reviewed so that agendas and reporting channels are designed to ensure that WBL development and progress receives appropriate scrutiny.
  • An institutional WBL business plan is in place and provides a framework within which School/Faculty plans are developed and monitored.
  • There could be a central unit to coordinate WBL activity across the faculties, schools and departments and to lead WBL research, innovation, developments and implementation of effective practice throughout the institution.
  • Mechanisms are in place to resource, support and co-ordinate WBL activities across faculties, schools and departments, though ensuring local ownership.
  • Mechanisms are in place to avoid duplication of effort in WBL through use of cross school/faculty modules and development of generic WBL modules that each faculty/school/department can incorporate into their programmes.
  • A business model and costing policy is in place which encompasses the provision of other WBL services such as the development of bespoke programmes and APEL and recognises the different resourcing model deployed when learning takes place on employer’s premises with WB mentor support.
Evidence to look for
  • Existence of WBL-specific structures e.g. an Institute for WBL.
  • Existence of persons identified as having WBL specialist expertise who have WBL co-ordination responsibilities at School/Faculty and programme level.
  • Central support services with specialist WBL expertise.
  • Evidence of staff with WBL specialism as all or part of their role functioning as a community of practice.
  • An employer whose WBL needs may require expertise from more than one programme area/school/faculty/department would find:
    • Clear and unambiguous relationship management responsibilities.
    • Consistency of approach in respect of:
      • Standards of service
      • Models of provision
      • Quality assurance
      • Learner experience
      • Staff expertise and credibility as practitioners
      • Expectations of the employer (eg WB mentoring /learner support).
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