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Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL) Information about HEFCE's Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning.

National Disability Team The NDT website provides a broad range of information and resources for anyone with an interest in supporting disabled students in higher education.
Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Home page for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Other related FDTL projects:

Geography for the New Undergraduate (GNU)
Liverpool Hope University College
The project objective is to develop a first year undergraduate seminar programme to teach personal, interpersonal and transferable skills within a geographical context. The aim of the programme is to assist the successful transition to undergraduate studies, particularly for non-traditional-entry students, and to encourage the development of effective independent learning strategies.
Hertfordshire Integrated Learning Project (HILP)
The Hertfordshire Integrated Learning Project (HILP) is an institution-wide project, put together by a consortium of academic departments at the University of Hertfordshire.

HILP aims to enhance staff and student perceptions of skills development, and has as its focus the integration of skills development into the academic curriculum. The preferred vehicle for this integration is problem-based learning. The conference workshop will emphasise the application of this approach to geography and environmental studies programmes.

Integrating People and Technology
The project aims to combine three distinct ingredients for more effective student-centred learning into a more powerful integrated strategy which will underpin the delivery and experience of redesigned course units in geography:
  • Student induction, student-managed learning and peer support.
  • Application of technology to independent student learning and to assessment of learning.
  • Staff development for the implementation of new approaches to teaching and the support of learning.

Science Education Enhancement and Development (SEED)
New developments in science are changing how we live, how we earn our living and how we care for our environment. If we are to grasp the opportunity opened up by scientific advances in the new millennium, our Universities will need to offer attractive and well taught science courses and to ensure a continuing supply of energetic and enterprising young scientists with a capacity for lifelong learning. SEED is a University of Plymouth project designed to help meet this challenge. Its role is to enrich teaching and learning in the sciences and to disseminate relevant ideas and materials across Higher Education. The conference workshops will focus on developments relevant to geographers.
Skills Development: the management of change
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
The objectives of the project are to:
  • identify good practice in teaching and learning for the progressive and structured development of students' skills;
  • identify the barriers to change and formulate strategies for implementation, which are applicable to a range of disciplines and organisational structures;
  • facilitate the implementation of identified good teaching and learning practice through the effective dissemination of the project deliverables.
In identifying best organisational practice in developing students' skills, and by supporting and facilitating the management of positive change, the project aims to provide wide-ranging and tangible benefits to the HE sector. By far the most important benefit will be to improve the educational experience and achievement of students in the long-run. The conference workshop will focus on the relevance of these ideas to geographers.
Teaching and Learning at the Environment-Science-Society Interface (TALESSI)
University of Greenwich
The project seeks to promote interdisciplinarity, values awareness and critical thinking in environmental higher education, especially in environmental science/studies and geography. It aims to do this through the development and dissemination of teaching and learning resources (TLRs) for use across the HE sector. Specifically, these TLRs will be designed to enhance students' abilities:
  • to integrate knowledges derived from traditionally-separate disciplinary bases;
  • to integrate ethical insights with the supposedly value-free knowledges of the natural, physical and (with some exceptions) social sciences;
  • to think critically and reflectively about complex environmental issues.

Tripartite Interactive Assessment Delivery System (TRIADS)
Recent advances in computer technology and software mean that much more assessment can now be accomplished through this medium. We propose to ascertain which learning outcomes can be best assessed using this technology, and then adapt an existing generic, multimedia, computer-based assessment system for both formative and summative testing of knowledge, understanding and skills. User-friendly templates for 18 currently possible question styles will be developed to enable academics to produce their own questions. Question banks and "shrink-wrapped" assessments will be developed for the less computer literate. The computer-based assessment system will enable improvements in the quality of learning by:
  • ensuring objective and reproducible assessment of learning outcomes;
  • providing immediate feedback;
  • saving time in marking and mark processing;
  • freeing up time for teachers to assess the quality of their courses by quantitative analysis of learning outcomes.

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