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Learning Gain; Myths and Possibilities

Paul Ashwin, Professor of Higher Education at Lancaster University builds on his keynote speech at the LEGACY Project event 'Learning Gain: Critical Explorations' held at The Shard on 27th September 2017. Following HEFCE's 3rd Learning Gain National Conference, Paul sets out possible approaches to measuring learning gain that would allow universities to adapt and appropriately evidence student learning gain.

What affects how much students learn?

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) have recently released a Policy Note, Professor Tim Blackman, the Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University has analysed data from the HEA/HEPI Student Academic Experience Survey in order to analyse Learning Gain. A summary of his initial analysis can be found here. Please also use this link for details of the most recent wave of the Student Academic Experience Survey.

How is LEGACY developing its method of measuring ‘learning gain’

The Times Higher Education (THE) recently wrote an article on the progress on an appropriate methodology to measure Learning Gain. Researchers at the University of Cambridge are analysing data of a developed method which could be used assess the Learning Gain - it takes approximately 20 minutes, could this be the key to wide-scale development. You can read the article here.

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