Internal Knowledge Exchange Networks
UWE has knowledge exchange as one of its key strategic goals. In that context, it is important that we have effective processes in place to promote internal knowledge exchange as well as a commitment to exchanging knowledge with others outside UWE.
Internal Knowledge Exchange Networks (IKENs) have been established as a key means to promote the development and sharing of pedagogic practice and research across the University.
It is intended that a number of foci for IKEN activities will evolve. As part of IKEN activities, ‘knowledge resources’ will be developed to support the cumulative build up of ideas related to each focus.
A focus on assessment feedback is a key priority. The Assessment Feedback Champion Initiative supports this through an approach involving networking and enquiry groups. Colleagues interested in joining this group should contact Carol Fox.
UWE is committed to supporting sustainable development. The Sustainability Strategy sets out ambitious performance indicators for Education for Sustainable Development. This network supports that endeavour. Colleagues interested in joining this group should contact Marcus Grant or Jim Longhurst.
Any colleagues who would like to suggest IKEN activities should contact Professor Ron Ritchie (Assistant Vice-Chancellor), who is the current co-ordinator.
Through its Work-Based Learning Policy the University recognises that work-based learning is an essential part of life-long learning. It enables learners to develop specialist knowledge, theory and skills by using the workplace as a context for project-based or practice evidenced learning. The pedagogy is driven by a learner centred approach where more responsibility for identifying what, how, and the support needed to progress with learning is taken by the learner with academic support.
The IKEN has established a repository to capture various tools, evolving themes and research. The Network meets twice a year to provide a forum for UWE staff to share innovations and to raise the student and employer voice. Anyone can access the repository and attend a meeting by booking onto a session, you do not have to join or be a member of the group, come along and share your good practice or learn what others are doing.
The IKEN is chaired by Kim Scarborough who is happy to chat about the meetings or repository.