SIG Past Events

QAQE SIG discussion meeting – Friday 06.09.2013

This free one-day discussion meeting will explore challenges facing the sector in relation to assuring quality whilst also enabling quality enhancement and innovation through technology enhanced learning (TEL). We will be considering the rapid increase in the development of MOOCs (Massive Online open courses) and the impact of the Key Information Set (KIS) requirements on UK Higher Education Institutions.

Technologies impact on all aspects of the learning process, including teaching, assessment and communication. In light of changes in technologies and the changing role of e-learning within higher education, guidance and policies associated with quality assurance and quality enhancement of technology enhanced learning (TEL) need to be considered and reviewed.

The day will include; a discussion on the quality issues associated with MOOCs and feedback from a MOOC student; Michael Hamlyn, Director of Academic Enhancement at Staffordshire University. The afternoon will focus on the KIS requirements and will include presentations from Catherine Benfield, Head of Business Development at the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and Moira Sutton from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), School of Education at the University of Derby. Catherine and Moira have been involved in the early evaluations of the KIS and will present findings from their respective reports regarding Institutional and User perspectives. The presentations will be followed by discussions about the KIS requirements which focus on face to face contact hours with little consideration of how institutions and academics use technology to guide and support students. The issues were recently highlighted by the JISC following the publication of a Student Academic Experience survey from Which? And the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

Actively seeking your contributions to the QAQE debate, the day will include networking opportunities and participatory sessions to explore practitioner needs.

 

KIS Online Discussion 19.12.11 (2-4pm)

Thinking about the Key Information Set (KIS) and its impact on teaching quality and innovation?

The KIS will require teaching and learning methods to be categorised under three general headings: Scheduled learning and teaching activities, Guided Independent Study and Placement/Study Abroad.

Each is reported for each year of the course and the KIS has a headline figure (the percentage of the course spent overall in scheduled teaching and learning (i.e. the first category)).

Only the designated three categories can be used for the purpose of KIS reporting and each heading will present us with some challenges if we want to clearly articulate to students the richness of their learning experience. With the encouraged, and increased, use of technology enhanced learning (TEL), will the KIS constrain innovation? Institutions will want to ensure that they count all appropriate activities within the ‘scheduled learning’ heading and we shall need to consider how we interpret ‘guided independent study’. It is not clear how some activities are to be categorised and we will need to consider practice across the sector.

Join the online discussion with the QAQE SIG to consider these issues. Further information and a timetable is provided in this flyer.


2nd Annual Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement in e-Learning Conference ‘Unsolved problems & Unknown issues’

14th June 2011 – Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire

This free one-day conference will explore challenges facing the sector in relation to assuring quality whilst also enabling quality enhancement and innovation through technology enhanced learning (TEL). We will be exploring the unsolved problems and trying to identify some of the unknown issues.

Technologies impact on all aspects of the learning process, including teaching, assessment and communication. In light of changes in technologies and the changing role of e-learning within higher education, guidance and policies associated with quality assurance and quality enhancement of technology enhanced learning (TEL) need to be considered and reviewed.

The day will include; a keynote address from Ingeborg Bø, a member of the Board of Directors of European Foundation for Quality in E-learning (EFQUEL); presentations from project teams who have been evaluating the QAQE toolkit (‘A Toolkit for Harnessing Quality Assurance Processes for Technology Enhanced Learning’), and a presentation from members of the University of Hertfordshire who will guide delegates through the development of their law course from face-to-face to distance learning. The day will conclude with a panel debate on future agendas.

Actively seeking your contributions to the QAQE debate, the day will include networking opportunities and participatory sessions and to explore practitioner needs.

[The conference is being held the day before, and at the same venue as, the International Blended Learning Conference (IBLC) so if delegates attending the IBLC would like to attend the QAQE conference, they would be most welcome.]

Booking details and programme can be found via the following link:

Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement in e-Learning conference


ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN 2010 – Quality Assurance for E-Learning SIG Lunch

Snowy Educa 2010

3/12/10 Dave O’Hare hosted a lunch at Online Educa in Berlin, representatives from five countries and the following organizations/institutions were present; Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance and Career Development (Russia), University of Bologna, Vienna University, Bonn International University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands Schools group and also UNESCO. The participants enjoyed a lively discussion on the operation of quality assurance for e-learning in their organisations and countries and explored the potential for future collaboration with the SIG. The participants were also keen to inform the development of the QA for e-learning toolkit which they have all been sent a copy with a view to feedback their comments.


ALT-C 2010 Presentation: Addressing Quality Assurance and Enhancement in blended learning: the work of the QAQE SIG

In a presentation to ALT-C, we reported on work that was funded by the HEA to develop the commentary and critique of the QAA Code of Practice Section 2, the trainer’s on-line toolkit for quality enhancement of e-learning, and the annual conference.

In the context of major changes in the use of the Internet, changing learners and technologies and an uncertain financial climate, HEIs are called on to provide increasing effectiveness and productivity whilst assuring and enhancing the quality of learning. However, what mechanisms do HEIs have in place to address, assure and enhance quality? What is the role of the QAA Code of Practice Section 2?

The work now being undertaken by the SIG to develop a toolkit for ‘Quality enhancement of blended learning’ aims to support the  embedding of quality enhancement and learning in academic practice in these  areas. The toolkit addresses issues of course design and validation and particular consideration has been given to addressing problems associated with  disaggregation of processes, distributed teams, distant location of students, and the issues of access and equity associated  with large scale delivery of courses and the appropriate use of technologies for distributed and diverse student groups.

The ALT-C session delegates welcomed the toolkit and offered some useful suggestions for additions. The work is ongoing and the SIG Steering Group would welcome suggestions for addition and, in particular links to institutional materials and case studies that could contribute to the effectiveness of the toolkit for the sector as a whole.


Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement in e-Learning Conference

Date: 2 July, 2010
Location: Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire
Web address: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2010/jointevents/QAQESIG6July1

This free one-day conference will explore challenges facing the sector in relation to assuring quality whilst also enabling quality enhancement and innovation through technology enhanced learning (TEL). Actively seeking your contributions to the QAQE debate, the day will include networking opportunities and participatory sessions and to explore practitioner needs.

Technologies impact on all aspects of the learning process, including teaching, assessment and communication. In light of changes in technologies and the changing role of e-learning within higher education, guidance and policies associated with quality assurance and quality enhancement of technology enhanced learning (TEL) need to be considered and reviewed.

The day will include a keynote from Professor Colin Raban, Director of Quality Enhancement at the University of Derby, consultation on findings from the HE Academy funded QAQE project and panel debate on future agendas including panel members from QAA, HE Academy and JISC.


Workshop on QAA code of practice (Northern)

Date: 19 February, 2010
Time: 10.30
Location: Higher Education Acedemy, York

The QA-QE for e-learning Special Interest Group (SIG) is currently undertaking a consultation exercise with the sector around the QAA Code of Practice for e-learning.

We like to invite you to attend one of the two workshops that we are running as part of the consultation exercise:

Northern Workshop – 19 February 2010 – HEA Offices, York (10.30-4)
For details and to register contact Judith Kuit judith.kuit@sunderland.ac.uk

The aims of this workshop are as follows:

To provide an overview of the current Code of Practice (CoP) in relation to e-learning and to explore possible areas for improvement of the current CoP
To encourage a healthy open debate and capture the outcomes which will inform the commentary on the CoP
This is your opportunity to influence the sectors views on e-learning quality assurance and enhancement


Workshop on QAA code of practice (Southern)

Date: 5 February, 2010
Time: 10.30
Location: Institute of education

The QA-QE for e-learning Special Interest Group (SIG) is currently undertaking a consultation exercise with the sector around the QAA Code of Practice for e-learning.

We like to invite you to attend one of the two workshops that we are running as part of the consultation exercise:

Southern workshop – 5 February 2010 – London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education (10.30-4)
For details and to register contact Barbara Newland bnewland@bournemouth.ac.uk

The aims of this workshop are as follows:

To provide an overview of the current Code of Practice (CoP) in relation to e-learning and to explore possible areas for improvement of the current CoP
To encourage a healthy open debate and capture the outcomes which will inform the commentary on the CoP
This is your opportunity to influence the sectors views on e-learning quality assurance and enhancement


SIG ALT-C 2009 presentation

SIG members presented at ALT-C in Manchester, Maria, Eileen and Dave gave a short paper entitled “Quality assurance and quality enhancement – the issues for the e-learning community”. Much useful discussion followed and in particular around activities in Sweden in this area by the subsequent speaker.

Details of the SIG were provided and the audience were invited to participate in the activities of the SIG.


QE workshop at the IoE (with EADTU e-xcellence project)

The SIG held a successful workshop at the IoE knowledge lab on 27th February 2009. Following a stimulating presentation from Colin Raban (University of Derby) on the tensions between Quality assurance and Quality enhancement, the EADTU team demonstrated their quickscan tool. The presentations were recorded and are available via this link:
http://tinyurl.com/qe-sig-workshop


QA-QE SIG Workshop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Brian in discussion

March 15th 2009 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Maria Papaefthimiou, Magdalena Jara, Brian Sayer and Harvey Mellar led two workshops (one workshop for men and one for women) entitled “Effective application of quality assurance and enhancement procedures to e learning and blended learning courses” preceeding the First International Conference of e-Learning and Distance Learning

http://tinyurl.com/oswkhf


Online Educa workshop – Berlin Dec 2008

Members of the SIG Steering Group (Maria, Dave, plus Brian Sayer from University of London) delivered a very successful workshop at Educa. 25 participants from 16 different countries discussed the challenges around quality enhancement for courses using online learning. There was a very useful exchange of experiences and ideas across national boundaries and contexts.

We aim to build on the success of this workshop and run future events both in the UK and abroad, which will further publicise the work of the SIG.

Following on from this workshop a paper has been submitted by the team to Edmedia 2009.


Launch of the QA-QE Special Interest Group at ALT-C 2008

The Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement Special Interest Group will be launched during ALT-C on Wednesday 10 September – University of Leeds, Sports Hall 2, 1-2pm.

Come along and hear more about the SIG and talk to those who have helped to start it up.

SIG poster


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