Access to HE Forum 2022

We warmly invite all with an interest in the Access to HE Diploma to this year’s practitioner forum.

Date: 6th May 2022

Time: 10:00am - 3.30pm

Venue: online event via Microsoft Teams

The event will focus on current issues affecting Access to Higher Education which we will explore through a range of keynote speakers, workshops which are detailed below.

The Access to HE Forum also offers networking opportunities with Access to HE providers, representatives from Higher Education, moderators and other stakeholders.


10:00am Welcome:
Fabienne Bailey, Managing Director, One Awards
10:30am Keynote Presentation:

Scholarship for all - Jo Fletcher-Saxon, Assistant Principal - Higher and Adult Education and Practitioner Research Lead, Ashton Sixth Form College and Natalie Morris, Quality Manager, Bedford College.
11:15am Comfort Break
11:30am Workshop Session 1 - please see 3 options below:
            1.  Designing excellence into student engagement in online spaces, Dr Ann Thanaraj and Paul Durston, Teesside University.

Following on from their presentation at last year’s Forum and the excellent feedback received on the Digital Learning Design Framework and Toolkit, which information of the practical tools developed for teaching practitioners and leaders to embed readily into their course design and development through the Systematic Learning Design used at Teesside University.

The session will provide an update on the continuing evaluation and development of the framework and toolkit, supported by Jisc, following initial feedback from users along with an insight into future developments and changing influences in Further and Higher Education. 


2. Supporting Students with Mental Health and Wellbeing - Sam Gunnarsson, Student Wellbeing and Safeguarding Manager, Bridgend College 

Bridgend College recently achieved the Association of Colleges Beacon Award for Mental Health and Wellbeing, in this session there will be discussion around how we support students with their mental health and wellbeing and celebrating good practice that enhances the mental health of our students, particularly particularly those on Access to Higher Education courses. 

3.  Using Microsoft Teams effectively as a Marking Tool (Rubrics) - Chris Goswami, Middlesbrough College and Maximising Blended Delivery using Microsoft Sway - Marie Andrews, Stockton Riverside College. 

Current Access to HE Providers will be showcasing their use of Microsoft programmes as effective tools in both blended delivery, online feedback and grading judgements.  

12:30pm Lunch
1:10pm Open Networking Session - Feedback from Workshop 1
1:30pm Keynote Presentation
Julie Mizon, Access Manager, QAA
2:15pm Workshop Session 1 - please see 3 options below:

1. Planning for the Access to HE Desktop Review; practical tips for effective assessment design - Jennie Lawson and Margaret Juniper, One Awards
The Desktop Review is a key event at the start of each Access to HE course calendar. The starting point is the Diploma Assessment Strategy which lays out the student assessment experience on the course. From this Unit Assessment Strategies and assignment briefs should flow. A well-planned Diploma Assessment Strategy, especially one involving the whole team, can lead to a great experience for students, successful outcomes from moderation and the ongoing quality improvement of the programme overall. During this workshop we will share the good practice developed by experienced providers and top tips from Diploma Moderators to focus on the key elements of a successful DTR.

2. Creating and managing inclusive online learning environments in Higher Education - Rima Hussein and Zaina Gadema, Northumbria University

How can Practitioners begin to make sense of virtual learning environments?

How can Practitioners create, manage, and deliver inclusive virtual learning experiences now and into the future?

This session is presented in three parts. First, we will focus on how online learning environments can be managed by ascertaining existing relationships between pedagogy and technology. Secondly, we discuss how to identify interactive capability(ies) and make sense of remote learning environs. Third, we explore specific Higher Education practitioner context(s), analyse, and evaluate how these can inform design, development and delivery of online learning environments that are accessible, creative, inclusive, engaging, and safe for student learner communities.

To summarise, workshop activities will demonstrate, how, interactive, pedagogically based online learning can be managed and built to encourage virtual student-centred-learning, engagement, and practice.

In this session we will explore how to:

  • Manage the relationship(s) between pedagogy and technology
  • Identify what interactive elements exist in the learning environment and learning community
  • Re-centre online classroom interactions from Teacher-centric to Student-led
  • Allow multiple voices to be heard and validated
  • Link participants’ ideas and experiences to theory(ies)
  • Incorporate active co-creation and co-production in online classes

We will conclude by returning to and re-examining the key question: How can Practitioners create and manage inclusive and accessible online learning experiences in Higher Education?

3. Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care – An Admission’s Tutor perspective, University of Sunderland
This session will provide an overview of our Paramedic Science and Out of Hospital Care programme at the University of Sunderland, along with some helpful hints and tips on what staff are looking for in personal statements and at interview.
3:15pm Closing Remarks
Mark White OBE DL, Chair of Association of Colleges Sport Chairs.
3:30pm Event Close

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