Blended approaches to widening access – what works

Access Academy Training

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      10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This new Access Academy Training builds on the ‘taking outreach online’ course that supported over 200 widening access practitioners in 2020-21.

As we move forward in 2021-22 it is important to reflect upon what has worked with online delivery, what might have been lost and what innovation can be driven by adopting a blended approach going forwards.

Blended approaches are purposeful, planned programmes of work that can include face to face workshops, seminars and taster events, synchronous and asynchronous online events, one to one and group mentoring

The three-day course will cover:

  • What is blended learning
  • What value can blended approaches bring to outreach
  • How can we maximise the value of online interactions
  • Auditing your provision
  • Developing an effective sustainable face to face and online offering

And the course will explore topics such as:

  • Current government agendas and how to align with them
  • Supporting motivation
  • Supporting academic attainment
  • Enabling better transitions
  • Curating valuable experiences
  • Creating engaged, self-motivated learners
  • Creating conditions for inspiration

As part of this programme, you will develop a project that will enable you to better support learners.

The course will take place over three days online from 10am to 4pm (lunch will be approx. 12pm to 2pm tbc) on Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th December 2021 and Wednesday 2nd February 2022.

NEON’s Access Academy Training sessions are designed to be applicable to practitioners, academics and researchers from HEIs, FECs, Uni-Connects and third sector organisations.

Spaces at this event are strictly limited so early booking is advised.

Feedback from the 2021 Outreach Online course:

  • ‘It has been really useful to talk to and hear from other practitioners within both similar and diverse settings. The taught content has reiterated the importance pedagogy and really knowing your target group. Have loved focusing on my learning :)’
  • ‘The homework has helped me to focus on what is important when planning events. Listening to how other practitioners and institutions have developed their outreach activity – both failures and successes!’

Dr Jon Rainford, Associate Lecturer, Open University
Martin Webster, Operational Consultant, NEON

NEON  Membership organisation rate: £297 – 35% discount for members
Non-member organisation rate: £477
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Regrettably, it is not possible to book on to individual sessions. Delegates must book the complete three session suite.