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Exhibition, Validation and Synthesis (40 credits at level HE6)

You will plan and implement full-scale exhibition of the findings based on your action inquiry.


The purpose of your exhibition is to validate your findings and refine your conclusions based on critical feedback from an identified audience. It is important that you choose an audience which is both knowledgeable about your work context and is prepared to offer informed comment. This module will provide the opportunity to present key action inquiry findings and begin to assess the impact of this on the work context and colleagues. A synthesis based on action inquiry findings and critical feedback from the work context is created to make final conclusions and recommendations for future action. You will complete a cv which highlights your achievements.


Content will be largely determined by the student researcher when relating their focus for inquiry in the work-context to the intended learning outcomes for the module. It is expected that this content will be inter-disciplinary in nature and draw on academic and professional sources including work-colleagues and online community experience and know-how. In addition, specific topics common to the professional theme of the course and other topics relating to the knowledge about action inquiry will be identified and supported by experts participating in hot-seat discussions, where student researchers ask questions and experts respond.

All resources required for the delivery of the module will be available online. In addition, learners will identify resources in the workplace, in libraries, and online that is relevant to their own inquiry.

Topics that may be encountered include:

  • Communication Strategies
  • Presentation in exhibition
  • Capturing feedback and evaluation
  • Preparing a cv


Learning will be supported through an online community of inquiry where student researchers, course staff and invited ‘experts’ will engage in discussions, debates and group activities to explore key concepts, ideas, relevant topics and offer moral support.

Student researchers are expected to develop study habits which enable learning and contribute to assessment through:

  • personal reflection in a learning log;
  • regular participation in the online community and
  • creative reporting to form a 'patchwork' for assessment.

Student researchers will:

  • identify a focus for their inquiry around issues or opportunities to take action for improvement that they have identified in their work practice; • plan an inquiry with learning activities that address each of the intended learning outcomes of the module;
  • undertake their inquiry and share selected parts with student researchers for critical feedback;
  • for each learning activity, create a product for assessment in the student researcher' choice of genre and media;
  • evaluate the inquiry.

Learning facilitators will:

  • promote community discussion on potential focii for inquiry;
  • privately agree student researcher commitment to inquiry proposals;
  • draw out issues arising in inquiries for community discussion;
  • model critical feedback in the online community;
  • make summative assessment of student researchers' work, noting strong points and points to consider with targets for improvement.

Assessment will be through an e-portfolio of work which will address each of the learning outcomes. It will include a summative commentary identifying the individual student researchers learning in relation to the intended learning outcomes for the module in a coherent account of their learning journey.


Learning Outcomes 
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
Assessment Criteria 
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
1.  Plan a communication strategy for impact of your action inquiry on an identified audience in the workplace Critically evaluate your plan and justify choice of audience in terms of validating your knowledge
2. Communicate effectively through exhibition the outcomes of your action inquiry Evaluate the effectiveness of the exhibition in the work context
3. Synthesise personal findings with feedback from practitioners Revise conclusions and recommendations for future action based on reactions to your exhibited findings
4. Establish progression routes for employment and further learning Create a cv which details and defends your achievements with evidence with reference to identified future plans and their requirements


Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:

Patchwork media: an assessment e-portfolio of learning activities with a summative commentary identifying learning achieved related to intended learning outcomes.


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