Review of QAA Code of Practice

Brief notes from the QA & QE in e-Learning conference at the University of Hertfordshire on 2nd July.

The event was focused around the outcomes of a review of the QAA  Code of Practice Section 2 (the bit that mentions e-learning as an aside). The respondents were apparently weighted towards Academics and Learning Technologists rather than people who specialised in QA in their job role. The things people were looking for in a revised code included:

Guidance on the following:

  • Managing (not avoiding) risk associated with innovation
  • Use of web 2.0 tools
  • Green technologies & sustainable practice
  • Protection of digital identity & safe working on line

Evidence that institutions are addressing the following:

Evidence of impact & effectiveness of e-learning on students

  • Evidence of forward planning associated with technology enhanced learning
  • Equivalence of learning outcomes across modes of study
  • Earlier involvement of external examiners
  • Effective practice in staff development for e-learning
  • Preparation of students for using technology

There was a feeling that the Code should include a separate section on e-learning (perhaps better termed TEL) but that its inclusion should be embraced across all parts of the Code. It was also felt there should be a section on Learning & Teaching as the current code only separates out Work Based Learning.

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