Hunting and gathering: new imperatives in mapping and collecting student learning data to assure quality outcomes

Lawson, R, Taylor, T, French, E, Fallshaw, E, Hall, C, Kinash, S and Summers, J 2015, 'Hunting and gathering: new imperatives in mapping and collecting student learning data to assure quality outcomes', Higher Education Research and Development, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 581-595.


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Title Hunting and gathering: new imperatives in mapping and collecting student learning data to assure quality outcomes
Author(s) Lawson, R
Taylor, T
French, E
Fallshaw, E
Hall, C
Kinash, S
Summers, J
Year 2015
Journal name Higher Education Research and Development
Volume number 34
Issue number 3
Start page 581
End page 595
Total pages 15
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Assurance of learning (AOL) is a quality enhancement and quality assurance process used in higher education. It involves a process of determining programme learning outcomes and standards, and systematically gathering evidence to measure students' performance on these. The systematic assessment of whole-of-programme outcomes provides a basis for curriculum development and management, continuous improvement, and accreditation. To better understand how AOL processes operate, a national study of university practices across one discipline area, business and management, was undertaken. To solicit data on AOL practice, interviews were undertaken with a sample of business school representatives (n = 25). Two key processes emerged: (1) mapping of graduate attributes and (2) collection of assurance data. External drivers such as professional accreditation and government legislation were the primary reasons for undertaking AOL outcomes but intrinsic motivators in relation to continuous improvement were also evident. The facilitation of academic commitment was achieved through an embedded approach to AOL by the majority of universities in the study. A sustainable and inclusive process of AOL was seen to support wider stakeholder engagement in the development of higher education learning outcomes.
Subject Education not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) assurance of learning
curriculum mapping
quality
student learning outcomes
DOI - identifier 10.1080/07294360.2014.911249
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ISSN 0729-4360
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