Transform-EDU is a three-year project to develop and pilot an innovative approach to learning, where elements of structured programmes, and co and extracurricular events are purposefully integrated to create a rich learning environment. The project is funded under the HEA System Innovation and Transformation Call 2018 and operates across TU Dublin.
Strategically, the Transform-EDU Project aims to establish a systemic linkage and interplay between teaching and learning, engagement (enterprise, civic and community), resources and infrastructure development. Achievement of transformative learning by students against key graduate attributes will be depicted in a comprehensive and authentic Transformative Learning Record for individual learners. Through exposure to identifiable Tenets of Transformative Learning, the project will enable students to experience greater transformations from their learning than they would otherwise gain from qualifications in HEIs that do not explicitly attempt to create such opportunities.
The overall intention of the Transform-EDU Project is to develop an instructional framework that combines the structured discipline specific education pathway, with a comprehensive learner-centred record of transformative learning achieved through co-curricular and extra- curricular learning activities (See project elements summary in Figure 1 overleaf). It will deliver a framework towards making such experiences more universally accessible, thereby embedding a unique, graduate attribute-inspired institutional identity; a truly learner-centred approach to higher education and training.
Within the Transform-EDU project, the programme learning outcomes are formally credited within their designated Award Standards in the National Framework of Qualifications. Concurrently, achievement of transformative learning against the key graduate attributes will be provided in a comprehensive and authentic Transformative Learning Record (TLR) for individual learners which will be formulated against Employment and Employability Guidelines for their particular programmes of study. Competency areas of focus in the foundation TLR tenets include: Sustainable Development; Emotional Intelligence; Civic Engagement; Leadership and Teamwork; Scholarly Activity; Entrepreneurial; Global Cultural Competences, and; Academic Integrity. These will be guided by a robust QA- QE system.