The final LEGACY event was held at Woburn House, London on Thursday 27th September 2018. It brought together practitioners and policy makers to discuss the future of learning gain measurement in higher education. The insightful debate during the day considered the methodological and conceptual challenges for those working to research and implement learning gain measures. We concluded by suggesting that more should be done to consider the student voice, pedagogical rationales and further input from employers. The resources from the day can be found below and include slides from the opening keynote, the LEGACY Strands and the parallel speakers. Reflections were also captured by #learninggain .
Keynote: Learning Gain in Context: where does it fit in the turbulent world of HE policy? Ant Bagshaw, Former Deputy CEO Wonkhe
Ant Bagshaw opened our event by providing an overview of the (somewhat gloomy) policy context in which learning gain sits. He challenged the audience to consider: Is Learning Gain (well-defined) too complex for policymaking? Post-Hefce, is there mandate, competence, appetite and budget for improving policy through research? What can/should researchers, universities, policymakers do about it?
All LEGACY Strands provided an overview of the key findings from their individual research projects with Partners. This overview also included two conceptual frameworks (measurement and employability).
Parallel session A 'Conceptual and Methodological Considerations'
The role of dispositions in measuring and modelling learning gain . Dr Maria Pampaka, University of Manchester
Learning Gain – espoused challenges and real problems. Dr Heike Behle, University of Warwick
Parallel session B International Perspectives
Minerva - Improving outcomes in higher education Robin Goldberg, Minerva, USA
How well are we fostering ‘global graduate’ skills? Learning Gain insights from the Global Education Profiler. Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey, University of Warwick
Parallel session C Implications for Practice
Lessons learned from 200K students and 2 GB of learning gains data. Professor Bart Rienties, Open University UK
Maximising student engagement in learning gain measurement. Dr Liz Austen with Nathaniel Pickering and Alan Donnelly, Sheffield Hallam University
Christina Hughes writes for Wonkhe
An overview of the key findings across the LEGACY Strands and an analysis of next steps can be found in the Wonkhe publication: How do we measure what students learn at university?