October 11, 2005

Early reflections

Writing about web page go.warwick.ac.uk/eee

The last two weeks have seen the start of a new masters degree in WMG called Engineering Enterprise Excellence or EEE. My colleagues and I have been workiing on this programme for about a year now and I have had the privilege of running the opening module which is called 'the Practices and Principles of Excellence' (PPE).

The framework upon which the degree is based is the European Excellence Model and we have developed 6 100-hour modules on various aspects of developing excellence. These, together with three exisiting modules comprise the taught part of the degree. One of our primary objectives in creating this degree was to guide the students towards the achievement of deep learning and critical autonomy.

We believe that the most effective way of doing this is to reduce transmission type learning to that which is essential. In this first module there is only one lecture session; an external speaker will share his experience of self-assessment practices leading to his company winning the EFQM. The majority of the module's learning objectives will be achieved by the students undertaking team projects in the form of questions to be researched and presented either orally or in writing. The remainder will be achieved through study for an individual assignment.

In my next entry I shall post some of my thoughts on the PPE learning environment. Is it different to a conventional taught module? There are early signs that it is, but more later.

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