Evidence in Managing the Learning Experience

Rees, Stephen John and Hole, Stephen and Dacey, Michael and Protheroe, Huw (2018) Evidence in Managing the Learning Experience. Wales Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 1 (1). pp. 18-27. ISSN 2396-7285

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Abstract

Quality systems in general rely on the availability of appropriate evidence to permit the development of continuous improvement schemes. Practical service in managing the learning experience has highlighted the rich variety of sources of information available to the HE manager. Time basis has a critical importance in control, and the cycles of evidence collection occurs across the year are of variable value in terms of critique and analysis. The importance of formal mechanisms for quantitative and qualitative data collection are well established, but some of the use of such data is open to question, particularly where statistics are applied for small samples. The informal mechanisms are no less important, and can offer both short cycle opportunities for practical intervention and long-term quality improvements based on professionalism and systematic developments that are often not captured in the formal reporting cycles. The implications of typical problems and the value of the evidence sources within the context of likely use are assessed, with corrective actions indicated. The role of perception, and particularly of the setting and meeting of expectations, and the complexities arising from prior beliefs, is emphasised. Quality evidence is a matter of signposts for investigation; successful improvement of correct interpretation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher education, management, learning experience, evidence, continuous improvement, qualitative and quantitative data
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Applied Computing
Depositing User: John Rees
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2018 13:14
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2018 13:14
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/913

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