Flexible, Open and Social Learning: A cross-boundary professional development course

A warm welcome to #FOS201 and please come and join us!

We are back! Are you ready for 10 days of cross-institutional development to explore flexible, open and social learning together?

Dear colleagues and friends,

A warm welcome to FOS, the open cross-institutional course for professionals in Higher Education who teach or support learning and students who are interested in learning with others  from around the world about flexible, open and social learning together. The areas we would like to explore together are:

  • Digital literacies
  • Flexible pedagogies
  • Supporting learning
  • Communities and collaboration
  • Open education

The first three days will have a focus on getting to know each other and find out a little bit more about the course by clicking here: https://foslearning.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/a-warm-welcome-to-fos201-are-you-ready/  

The team will share regular course updates on their website and on Twitter @fos4l (using the hashtag #FOS201).

Click here to find out more about The #FOS201 team.

Alumni to support transitions and improve retention

As part of the Department’s Careers and Employability Week for all Level 5 and 6 students, the Department engages with alumni, particularly their involvement in the Careers and Employability Week and fieldtrips

What happens?

A number of alumni deliver short presentations on their career path since graduation and how they have applied the knowledge and skills gained during their degree. The alumni also attend an informal networking event with the students immediately after the presentations. The Department has also begun to develop links with alumni for field visits to sites where ‘real world’ examples of environmental management practice can be observed.

What was the impact?

Site visits enhance students’ learning by actually seeing approaches and techniques that they are aware of from class teaching being used in practice.

This approach increases the students’ awareness of the importance of the skills (and knowledge and understanding) that they are developing and practising during their degree for future employment. A key message is also the need to record evidence of skills development in a portfolio or equivalent.


For more information please contact:

Dr Nigel Richardson, [email protected]

[SOURCE: BSc (Hons) Geoenvironmental Hazards – Stage 2].