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Surveys unite to provide current status of Assurance of Learning in Higher Education


Nash, R and Lawson, R and Williams, A-M and Kelder, J-A and Scheepers, M and Taylor, T, Surveys unite to provide current status of Assurance of Learning in Higher Education, 39th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), 4-7 July 2016, Fremantle, Western Australia, pp. 1-12. (2016) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper provides an overview of assurance of learning (AoL) practices across Australia in the context of a comparison of two national surveys. AoL is a quality enhancement process used in Higher Education (Lawson et al., 2014), defined as the process by which learning outcomes are measured against specific course goals (Hall & Kro, 2006). Progress has been demonstrated over 5 years through increased awareness of AoL through legislation (Australian Government, 2014) and improved practice supported by national projects (Lawson, Scheepers & Taylor, 2015), but further work is still required. The question of how to support AoL implementation through change management to increase staff enagagement and resources such as professional development is important.

The authors compared data from two national surveys administered to the higher education sector in 2014-15, supporting the quantitative survey findings with qualitative participant statements. Lawson et al.ís (2015) Quality Enhanacement project (QE) has found significant positive changes in AoL practice since 2010 in Business Education, but despite this, there are still areas for development including collaborative curriculum design. The 2014-2015 Quality Pursuit (QP) survey, looking more broadly to the sector, verified these results, their data showed only 54.6% of respondents are engaged in AoL for quality enhancement. This paper will explore both the survey data and discuss mechanisms to support practice through change management and professional development.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:assurance of learning, higher education, change management
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Nash, R (Dr Rosie Nash)
UTAS Author:Williams, A-M (Dr Anne-Marie Williams)
UTAS Author:Kelder, J-A (Dr Jo-Anne Kelder)
ID Code:111594
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Paramedicine
Deposited On:2016-09-25
Last Modified:2018-03-19
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