ACODE benchmarking: plotting a bright future

Sankey, Michael D. and Carter, Helen and Marshall, Stephen and Suddaby, Gordon and Phillips, Rob (2013) ACODE benchmarking: plotting a bright future. In: 30th Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (ASCILITE 2013): Electric Dreams, 1-4 Dec 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

The Australasian Council on Open Distance and E-learning (ACODE) benchmarks were the first major attempt, in an Australasian context, to bring a consistent framework to the use of e-Learning in and for higher education institutions. The aim of the benchmarks is to provide measurable indicators toward quality technology enhanced learning (TEL) programs, rather than simply making value judgments about each key area. Evaluation is a central characteristic of the benchmarks and it is there to enhance a quality cycle within institutions. Importantly, this is not limited to work within the institution, as evaluation also plays an important role in mediating the many external factors at play around the effective deployment of quality institutional TEL environments. Although the ACODE Benchmarks have been used very effectively by many institutions, they are now over six years old. Given the massive changes that have occurred over this time, such as advances in Web 2.0, the greater use of cloud services, advances in analytics and BYODs, it is time to review and update the benchmarks to ensure they are both relevant and are still providing institutions with the best possible chance to ensure their practice is aligned with sector-wide good practice. Participants in this symposium will be those who are interested in participating in an active discussion around the future directions for these benchmarks and be willing to both deconstruct and propose areas in which the benchmarks could be improved in the future. This session will also be relevant for those considering conducting a future benchmarking activity in the area of e-learning, potentially using the ACODE benchmarks to conduct either an internal audit, or for those looking to plan for an inter-institutional activity for more broad-ranging quality purposes.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Other)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2013 Macquarie University, ascilite, and the authors of individual articles.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 05:20
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 00:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: ACODE; benchmarks; quality; higher education; learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150313 Quality Management
Socio-Economic Objective: 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/24325

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