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[EADTU-ENQA PLA] Anaylisis of questionnaires

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Presentation by Jon Rosewell (OUUK) during the EADTU-ENQA Peer Learning Activity in Brussels on 21-22 September 2017

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[EADTU-ENQA PLA] Anaylisis of questionnaires

  1. 1. Analysis of questionnaires Jon Rosewell PLA on blended & online HE 21-22 Sept 2017, Brussels
  2. 2. 2 QA agency – main issues ● Strategy and planning for blended learning ● Cross institutional consistent approach backed by governance ● Consistent approach with all collaborative partners ● Infrastructures and resources - researched as fit for purpose ● Learning resources, materials and delivery mechanisms ● Approval processes for programme design and accreditation ● Management of assessment and authenticity ● Published expectations on blended learning ● Support available to learners and equality of opportunity
  3. 3. 3 QA agency – main issues ● finding peers with expertise in the field of study (of the planned program) as well as ICT-based modes of teaching and learning ● a more differentiated role system between authors (responsible for the content), teachers, online editors, tutors, etc. than in traditional study programmes on campus ● When it comes to QA the Swedish Higher Education Authority doesn't make a difference between campus, blended or online programmes. ● Our Agency has already set the specific standards and criteria for safeguarding the quality of distance learning programmes. These criteria and standards are used for both internal and external evaluation.
  4. 4. 4 A rough and ready analysis! Qualitative analysis of HEI responses ●Responses for all questions lumped together ●All responses tagged, with themes emerging from text ●Positive and negative comments not distinguished ●Tags categorised ● Strategic management ● Curriculum design ● Course design ● Course delivery ● Course evaluation ● Student support ● Staff support ● Quality assurance
  5. 5. Tags by category 5
  6. 6. Tags – with 3 or more occurrences 8 mod_accessibility
  7. 7. Tags – with 3 or more occurrences Row Labels Sum of Count Course delivery 9 vle_platforms 9 Course design 10 mod_accessibility 4 mod_modern 3 mod_synch 3 Curriculum design 8 cur_flexibility 4 cur_modern 4 Evaluation 22 eval_analytics 3 eval_dropout 3 eval_general 3 eval_of_teachers 5 eval_student_feedback 8 Miscellaneous 15 misc_admin 3 misc_finance 4 misc_language 5 misc_local_centres 3 Quality assurance 37 qa_accreditation 5 qa_external 4 qa_general 4 qa_indicators 4 qa_instrument 4 qa_internal 11 qa_unit 5 Staff support 9 hr_staff_skills 4 hr_staff_training 5 Strategic management 23 sm_blend 5 sm_digitalization 4 sm_online 3 sm_open 4 sm_other 4 sm_planning 3 Grand Total 133 9
  8. 8. 10 What are main issues for blended and online? ●Staff support – staff skills, staff training ● Huge differences … regarding the pedagogical skills needed ● Network of “digital tutors” … peer groups … networking events ● Digimentors supporting teachers ● Institute for Distance Education … provides … on-demand staff-training ● The university has provided only little support to teachers and staff ● Media specialists ● Professional infrastructure and support for the creation of AV ●Staff support – workload ● Capacity of teachers and other staff ● Small number of faculty members, small numbers of administrative personnel to support the increase of programmes and increased number of students
  9. 9. 11 What are main issues for blended and online? ●Curriculum design – flexibility ● Ability to quickly answer to emerging labour market needs with effective programs ● Flexibility in didactic provision ● Inflexible process … rapid response to externalities is a problem ●Curriculum design – modernisation, employability ● Need to modernize current programmes of studies ● New programmes needed with employment prospects in mind
  10. 10. 12 Are there strategies for online & blended? ●History matters – ODL, online only, campus, … ● Provides open and distance education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels ● Providing Bachelor and Master degree programs fully online ● Increase online education … lifelong learning … independent of time and place ●Digitalization ● Holistic strategy for digitalization ● A long history of e-learning … choice of media … further shift to online ● Lifelong learning / continuing education ● Adult education will be the piloting area. ● Integration of degree education with more flexible programs for continuing education and open education
  11. 11. 13 Examples of good practice? ●General ● Open University practices inside the University ● Open University system for Finnish students ●Collaboration and partnership ● Common curricula / double degree … developed and produced with the collaboration of the best professors from all the Euro-Mediterranean area … fully available in 4 languages … students from 60 countries. … a real network of institutions and people. ● TEL / AV units ● Institute manages pilot programs and innovation, also provides [advice and training], guidelines for creation of educational resources and peer review. ● No Educational Materials Laboratory yet in operation to promote … the development of multimedia/multiformat educational material.
  12. 12. 14 Issues for blended learning? ●General ● Curriculum framework, evaluation of curricula ● Low students' participation in face-to-face group tutorials, thus most programmes employ online teleconferences and not blended education. ● Geographic dispersion of students and tutors.
  13. 13. 15 Issues for Quality Assurance? ●Instruments ● Choice of the best quality system ● Accreditation ● The negotiation of fair indicators for quality assessment ● Good practice ● Quality work is well integrated inside the education. It is not a separate issue. ● The quality assurance culture has been built from the foundation of the Institution. ● Other ● The identification of international students online
  14. 14. 16 Yes – but mix of internal and external Do you use a systematic approach? ●Instruments ● Development of an specific ERP / EFQM label / E-xcellence label ● Our internal quality assurance system has been certified by the national agency ● QA unit ● Permanent steering group for the quality / QM Manager ● A university QA body is in charge of verifying and put in practice the strategic objectives of quality improvements. … defines year objective and measures the compliance of all the University staff ● Quality assurance unit conducts yearly assessment [which collates wide variety of information] stakeholders receive statistical analysis reports. ● QAU conduct external evaluation every four years with the national accreditation agency
  15. 15. 17 Other – course design ●Accessibility (re disability) ● Specialised unit … deals with accessibility matters ● Accessible (re low prior educational attainment) ● Modern and accessible educational material ● Diversity range of our students may be challenging ● Accessibility for all kind of students ● Synchronous tuition ● A challenge to get students to attend any synchronous tutorial provision ● Low students' participation in face-to-face group tutorials, thus most programmes employ online teleconferences ● More hybrid and online teaching takes place. Face-to-face group tutorials are rather limited. ● Skype and other synchronous communication channels
  16. 16. 18 Other – course delivery ●Platforms ● [Good practice:] Udacity, Coursera, EdX ● Common study platforms with other UASs and universities ● Flexible study platforms ● State-of-the art eLearning platform based on Moodle ● A mixed [blended] model … now based on an on-line platform and a set of OER, with different combinations for degree education, continuing education and open education.
  17. 17. 19 Other – evaluation ●Analytics – learning / course ● learning analytics used to help teachers ● production of indices for students’ performance (e.g. success rate, grade distribution) ● Student feedback ● Use of students' feedback questionnaires at the end of each academic semester ● Students assessing tutors’ e-learning/e-teaching practices, educational material quality, module design/organization and quality of administration services ● Evaluation of teaching staff ● Module coordinators assessing tutors’ e-learning/e-teaching practices
  18. 18. 20 Other – miscellaneous ●Financial ● Financing. MOOC's sustainable business models, especially for Universities. ● It has been cost-effective solution to increase flexibility of education. ● Lack of resources for high quality multimedia/multiformat educational material. ● Language ● English as a second language … English is increasing in the delivery of the courses ● “Language Education for Refugees and Migrants” has been recognized as an example of good practice ● Work in two languages ● Available in 4 languages (italian, english, french, arabic) [by] simply subtitling or oversounding the videos ● Other ● [Compared to online teaching:] The degree-education and research get a major attention in the university.

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