The App: Learning development, a mobile future

Kate Swinton

2016 conference


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2016-4 Slide1The Learning Development team (Centre for Achievement and Performance – CfAP) at the University of Northampton is placed in a unique position: to be able to think and plan for the future, outside of the box and at a unique time.

A new purpose built campus is being designed and there is currently a University wide review of Learning and Teaching. CfAP places the student body at the heart of any of educational developments, and therefore is able to illicit a proactive response to changing student needs. At present the team is also privileged to have the support of UN’s Application team. This allows for the development of software that will enhance student support and student experience.

Following on from the creation and adaption of the CfAP booking and reporting system, CfAP has with the application team created a mobile app. The original system put CfAP at the forefront of best practice, accessing learning support, for all students, home and abroad. It was imperative for the team that this progress continued and that the inter-professional working relationships with the Application team were utilised.

This session will present a critical account of how this technology was designed to help address the challenges of underrepresented students. It will examine the impact of the app on this group. By removing all perceived barriers to support did these students then attend?