Australian higher education evaluation through assurance of learning

Shelley Kinash, Trishita Mathew, Romy Lawsom, James Herbert, Erica French, Tracey Taylor, Cathy Hall, Eveline Fallshaw, Jane Summers

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    Abstract

    A collaborative research project conducted by five Australian universities inquired into the philosophy and motivation for Assurance of Learning (AoL) as a process of education evaluation. Associate Deans Teaching and Learning representing Business schools from twenty-five universities across Australia participated in telephone interviews. Data was analysed using NVIV09. Results indicated that articulated rationale for AoL was both
    ensuring that students had acquked the attributes and skills the universities claimed they had, and the philosophy of continuous improvement. AoL was motivated both by ritualistic objectives to satisfy accreditation requirements and virtuous agendas for quality improvement. Closing-the-loop was emphasised, but was mostly wishful thinking for next steps beyond data collection and reporting. AoL was conceptualised as one element within the larger context of quality review, but there was no evidence of comprehensive frameworks or strategic plans.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication8th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice; Improvement by Evaluation, 18- 20 June 2012
    Place of PublicationPori, Finland
    PublisherUniversity of Tampere
    Pages91-100
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9789514488597
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event8th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice; Improvement by Evaluation, - Pori, Finland
    Duration: 18 Jun 201220 Jun 2012
    Conference number: 8

    Conference

    Conference8th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice; Improvement by Evaluation,
    CountryFinland
    CityPori
    Period18/06/1220/06/12

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    Kinash, S., Mathew, T., Lawsom, R., Herbert, J., French, E., Taylor, T., Hall, C., Fallshaw, E., & Summers, J. (2012). Australian higher education evaluation through assurance of learning. In 8th International Conference on Evaluation for Practice; Improvement by Evaluation, 18- 20 June 2012 (pp. 91-100). University of Tampere.