A quest for student success: exploring the contributions of co-curricular learning opportunities on student success as defined by TEQSA risk assessment framework

Kek, Megan and Kimmins, Lindy and Ayriss, Peter and Frederiks, Anita and Padro, Fernando (2015) A quest for student success: exploring the contributions of co-curricular learning opportunities on student success as defined by TEQSA risk assessment framework. In: 22nd International Conference on Learning 2015: What Counts as Learning? Big Data, Little Data, Evidence & Assessment , 09–11 July 2015, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

Co-curricular learning programs are constantly at-risk of being culled or reduced during times of tight budgeting. Data from programs demonstrating even small impacts enable better understanding of university students’ experiences. The focus of the study is to explore the impact of co-curricular learning programs or activities on student success at a regional Australian university. Co-curricular learning programs are constantly challenged as they are often the first to be culled or reduced, particularly, in times of economic downturn or tight budgeting. This article reports on a multiple case study approach that uses both quantitative and qualitative data to explore the extent of and relationships among a number of co-curricular learning offerings, provided by a centralised University Learning and Teaching Unit, on student success. The study explores a number of student success outcomes as defined in the risk assessment framework of the newly established Australian regulatory body, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). This article concludes that the multiple case studies demonstrate that small experimentation and constant assessments, regardless of the size, do matter and can help explain a slice of the whole university student experience. The study extends our understanding of the student success puzzle and has implications for the continued development and existence of co-curricular learning programs.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Division of Academic Services - Learning and Teaching Support
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 06:05
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 06:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: accountability; outcomes; risk; learning assisted programs; learning support
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28601

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