CAPE Projects


Programme Consultation Team (toolkit development) – Asanka Dayananda and Tarek Zoubir (CAPE)

The Programme Consultation Team (PCT) is made up of members of CAPE, other services, academics and student consultants across University Schools. Team members collaborate on a Wiki (online collaborative tool) to highlight and share the support their service/School provides for the development and enhancement of programmes in accordance with KPIs, NSS categories and other relevant criteria. The overall purpose is to create an online and paper-based toolkit that can guide programme teams on how they can be supported by the PCT. It is anticipated that this toolkit will also include case study examples.
The Programme Consultation Toolkit will be utilised to work alongside academic colleagues, employing a programme-led approach, to identify opportunities for enhancing teaching and learning practices.

Digital Literacies at Middlesex University – Phil Barter (Middlesex Teaching Fellow), Tarek Zoubir and Kirsteen Macdonald (CAPE)

The aim of this project is to promote digital literacies for teaching and learning among staff and students. The challenge is that many technological tools that are readily available have not been designed for higher education but there is an increasing expectation for staff and students to use them to share content, support learners and for inter-institution collaboration.
The project has so far employed a questionnaire to scope staff and students’ awareness of digital literacies and use of technologies across disciplines at Middlesex University. Findings from the questionnaire will inform discussions about existing and potential uses of technology for encouraging digital literacies. The intention is to follow up the questionnaire with focus groups and interviews. Some preliminary results from the questionnaire are available on the project blog (under development).

The CAPE Research Group – John Parkinson, Tarek Zoubir, Asanka Dayananda and Angus Macdonald (CAPE)

The CAPE Research Group consists of four CAPE members with the potential to accommodate more colleagues as projects develop. The Research Group has completed a literature review around the topic of retention and progression within higher education. Opportunities to capitalise upon this resource are currently being identified and it is anticipated that the group will shortly initiate a project focusing on this area and involving University-wide collaboration with key service providers.
A CAPE Research Group wiki is being used to enhance the working processes of the team:

Co-operative Learning and Action Networking Project – Paul Haywood (Middlesex School of Art & Design), John Parkinson (CAPE) and colleagues from Salford University and TUC Union Learn

The CLAN project is a sector-wide, cross-institutional IT innovation initiative with an Open Learning ethos at its heart. Led by A&D Deputy Dean Professor Paul Haywood, the project group is comprised of colleagues from Middlesex University (CAPE and A&D teaching colleagues), Salford University and TUC Union Learn. The project is ongoing, has several potential outputs for the partner institutions, the HE sector and adult learners seeking pathways into formal education. It comprises a mobile evidence collection app (ELLIE), a range of online learning modules designed to capture 360 degree learning (ROLE modules), and an awarding system based upon the Digital Open Badge system.
A Prezi presentation outlining the ELLIE element of the CLAN Project can be viewed here: