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Scaling up “Learning Power” for students and staff

How well do you cope with uncertainty and ambiguity? Do you need a language to think about your readiness? We’re scaling up support resources for the Learning Journeys tool.

Previous stories have given updates on the Learning Journeys tool, deployed at UTS as part of the long term research program led by Ruth Crick on “learning dispositions”. As the CIC research project page explains: 

“Learning Dispositions are attracting significant attention within educational research, and refer to the habits of mind that shape a learner’s response to challenge. Dispositional Learning Analytics are approaches to assessing these qualities, and providing feedback to learners and educators.”

Prof. Crick’s work on assessing dispositions has validated the multidimensional concept of “Learning Power”, which can be visualized in helpful ways, as instant feedback for learners to reflect on 

We’ve just announced new resources for all UTS students, encouraging them to reflect on their Learning Power, as they prepare to return to university after what has been a very challenging year.  

Learning Power is for UTS staff as well as students, and is part of theUTS Capability Framework Portal. It was featured by our HR division in two staff stories (Learning how to learn & What’s your learning profile? Find out how you learn best). As part of the new professional staff resources, several videos from leaders in Hunter Water are featured as examples to encourage colleagues to explore their own Learning Power, e.g. 

A key challenge is to scale up the support for learners in reflecting on their Learning Power, and new multimedia resources assist in this, as well as assisting learners to support each other.