Leading the evaluation of institutional online learning environments for quality enhancement in times of change

Gosper, Maree and Holt, Dale and Palmer, Stuart and Allan, G. and Hicks, M. and Hollenbeck, R. and Munro, Judy and Sankey, Michael and Solmonides, I. (2012) Leading the evaluation of institutional online learning environments for quality enhancement in times of change. In: ASCILITE 2012: 29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Future Challenges, Sustainable Futures, 25-28 Nov 2012, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Abstract

This paper reports on findings from a nationally funded project which aims to design and implement a quality management framework for online learning environments (OLEs). Evaluation is a key component of any quality management system and it is this aspect of the framework that is the focus of this paper. In developing the framework initial focus groups were conducted at the five participating institutions. These revealed that, although regarded as important, there did not appear to be a shared understanding of the nature and purpose of evaluation. A second series of focus groups revealed there were multiple perspectives arising from those with a vested interest in online learning. These perspectives will be outlined. Overall, how evaluation was undertaken was highly variable within and across the five institutions reflecting where they were at in relation to the development of their OLE.


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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 07:04
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2015 00:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: online learning environments; evaluation; quality enhancement
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23133

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