Six academic case studies have been established over two years, constituting the core activities of the OSL project. Business, Chemistry, Cultural Studies, Theatre Studies and Philosophy applied for OSL funding advertised internally across the University in the academic year 2009-10. Maths and Psychiatry are more recent ventures which illustrate our strategy for establishing new OSL projects in academic departments with no prior experience of the OSL methodology.
We established the following objectives for these case studies:
to demonstrate the relationship between performance-based learning and student achievement and confidence in their professional development
to demonstrate the impact of OSL workshop practices on student learners: the value of OSL in studying complex texts; the value of OSL in conveying academic content in science subjects
to develop the academic assessment of OSL activities
to establish a set of replicable OSL teaching patterns which can be adopted by different departments in future
Lead learner reports, interviews and documentation are available to view under the relevant subject sections. A more general discursive report on OSL across the disciplines was authored by our postgraduate lead learner co-ordinator, Adam Slavny.