Postgraduate Assignment Forums

Contact person info
Name of contact person: 
Sally Ashton-Hay
Email of contact person:
Who are your partners?: 
Faculty staff
What is the rationale for this practice?: 
Perceived need by ALL staff
Perceived need by faculty staff
High demand from students
Supports university obligations/initiatives
ESOS legislation
Social Inclusion initiatives
Language proficiency initiatives
What support exists for this practice? (Institutional or other): 
Departmental strategic/operational plan
Teaching/learning management plan
Faculty support
What restrictions are there on this practice? (Institutional or other): 
Room availability and suitability
If you have evaluated this practice, please select evaluation type(s): 
Usage numbers
What are the strengths of this practice?: 

The Postgraduate Assignment Forums provide an informal way of targeting specific assignments and addressing academic skills at the same time. Students can ask questions about expected standards and scaffolding can be provided for assistance. In a Forum setting, small groups of students can meet together instead of one ALL lecturer meeting separately with 20 individuals for 30-40 minute consultations.

What are the weaknesses?: 

Room availability

What improvements (if any) would you like to make?: 

Time intensive due to preparation. Once resources are prepared, it is possible to recycle again.

What approaches/theories of language and/or learning underpin this practice?: 

Threshold concepts; peer learning; community of practice; academic literacies; just-in-time learning

Other publications/products arising from this practice? (Not already included in previous question): 

Paper based resources

Online resources

ALL Publication