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Gathering valid data for quality enhancement: assessing, reviewing, benchmarking & closing the loop for assurance of learning in regional universities

Funding or Partner Organisation: Office for Learning & Teaching (Department of Education and Training) (Innovation and Development Grant Programme - OLT)

Start year: 2014

Summary: The purpose of this extension grant is to improve the quality of Business and Management Programs in regional universities through: professional development to support valid data collection and implementation of AOL; benchmarking and continuous improvement; and building networks and relationships to share `best¿ practice and create case study exemplars. In particular the activities will: (i) improve the current collection of quantitative and qualitative measures of learning outcomes compared against standards; (ii) improve the quality of student performance and learning; (iii) enhance the professional development of academic staff and build relationships between regional universities; (iv) collect best practice case studies of current practice in regional universities; and (v) encourage scholarly reflection on the change management and benchmarking process in this setting.

Publications:

Lawson, R, Taylor, T, French, E, Fallshaw, E, Hall, C, Kinash, S & Summers, J 2015, 'Hunting and gathering: new imperatives in mapping and collecting student learning data to assure quality outcomes', HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 581-595.
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Keywords: assurance of learning, learning outcomes, continuous improvement

FOR Codes: Education Systems, Education and Training not elsewhere classified