DescriptionIn September 2021 a new, fully online MSc programme was launched at Hartpury University in Animal Welfare, Policy, and Legislation. This mode of delivery was a new concept for Hartpury, but the Covid legacy of online teaching and assessment suggested that the technology and staff expertise was in place to do it justice. The programme also adopts a flipped learning approach, whereby students access a pre-recorded asynchronous session at the start of each week and complete tasks that are then discussed in a student-led webinar at the end of the week. This approach encourages critical thinking skills which is an important level 7 graduate attribute, however, it relies on students engaging with tasks and being highly autonomous. Another unique aspect of the programme is that most sessions are covered by different visiting lecturers, thus allowing a wide range of experts from the field of both Animal Welfare and Law to contribute to the content and giving students opportunities to create a professional network for their future careers.
The first intake of students has been small but from a variety of subject areas, including Animal Science, Law, and Sociology. This has exposed students to many differing viewpoints, however, has raised the challenge of teaching Law to scientists, and vice versa. So far, informal feedback from students, the external examiner, and lecture observations has been positive.
|Period||17 Jun 2022|
|Event title||Hartpury University Teaching and Learning Conference 2022|
|Location||Gloucestershire, United Kingdom|