Monday, 26 February 2007

Second interview with Complementary Therapy staff

After arranging the next round of interviews with FD staff, Dave and I met with the Head of Department for Hair & Beauty and the course tutor for the Complementary Therapies FD to go through the interview questions we had prepared.

We gained some interesting feedback regarding the WBL model and how it will work on the course and also that all the learners are self-employed and do not work for an employer.

One outcome of the meeting is we have been invited to the Complementary Therapies steering group meeting to discuss the project with the other partner colleges involved with the FD. We have also arranged to meet with the learners on the course at Shrewsbury. We will produce an online questionnaire to gain feedback from the learners perspective. This will take place on 21st March.

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Preparation for the Scoping Meeting

Richard and I had a 'happy hour' this morning going through the Project Plan word for word. As we read we tried to relate it to the scope of the project. We came up with a number of questions, the answers to which will hopefully help to understand the way in which the portal will work and be structured. These questions have now been posted in the WBL-Way Google group.

We've also been in touch with the staff involved with FDs to arrange another meeting with the stated purpose "for us to understand how 'work based learning' is going to work on your foundation degree, to get a little more information about the employer relationship and to find out if you would be willing to let us interview your students"

We are aiming to get these meetings completed within the next 10 days so that the results can also inform the scoping meeting on 8th March.

Monday, 19 February 2007

The 'Three Fishes' meeting!

On 15th February 2007, three men met to discuss and agree a scoping document for the project:(Dave Shearan, Mike Parker and Richard Booth).

This was a very useful meeting, agreeing on a possible structure for the information portal.

In advance of the meeting, Richard and Dave used the scenarios from the project plan to try and understand what the portal would have to contain for the scenarios to work. This generated more questions than answers and provided a useful starting point for the scoping meeting.

The meeting wasn't easy! We had to keep telling ourselves to ignore things like design, where the data was going to come from and whether something was possible or not. The output from the meeting was a scoping requirements document which has now been uploaded to the project google groups file area.

We all rewarded ourselves with a much deserved pint of Three Fishes finest beer! (well, beers!)