The practice of quality in assuring learning in higher education

French, E, Summers, J, Kinash, S, Lawson, R, Taylor, T, Herbert, J, Fallshaw, E and Hall, C 2014, 'The practice of quality in assuring learning in higher education', Quality in Higher Education, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 24-43.

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Title The practice of quality in assuring learning in higher education
Author(s) French, E
Summers, J
Kinash, S
Lawson, R
Taylor, T
Herbert, J
Fallshaw, E
Hall, C
Year 2014
Journal name Quality in Higher Education
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 24
End page 43
Total pages 20
Publisher Routledge
Abstract There remains a lack of published empirical data on the substantive outcomes of higher learning and the establishment of quality processes for determining them. Studies that do exist are nationally focused with available rankings of institutions reflecting neither the quality of teaching and learning nor the diversity of institutions. This article describes two studies in which associate deans from Australian higher education institutions and focus groups of management and academics identify current issues and practices in the design, development and implementation of processes for assuring the quality of learning and teaching. Results indicate that developing graduate attributes and mapping assessments to measure outcomes across an entire programme necessitates knowledge creation strategies and systems as well as inclusive decision processes. Common elements supporting consistently superior outcomes include inclusivity of a range of teaching and support academics; embedded graduate attributes; consistent and appropriate assessment; digital collection mechanisms; and systematic analysis of outcomes used in programme review.
Keyword(s) graduate attributes
learning and teaching outcomes
quality assurance of learning
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13538322.2014.889432
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