The virtual university and the quality assurance process: Recruiting and retaining the right faculty

Williams, Jeremy B., Sixl-Daniell, Karin, & Wong, Amy (2004) The virtual university and the quality assurance process: Recruiting and retaining the right faculty. In Beyond the Comfort Zone: 21st ASCILITE Conference, 5 - 8 December 2004, Perth, Western Australia.

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The paper commences with a brief summary of the literature on e-learning in higher education and the quality assurance process. This is followed by an overview of the Universitas 21 Global quality assurance framework. Within this framework there is particular emphasis on the process governing the appointment (and re-appointment) of adjunct faculty; a process that incorporates four discrete steps: (i) recruitment; (ii) training and accreditation; (iii) supervision and mentoring; and (iv) reflection and teaching performance evaluation. Importantly, the design of the framework ensures that this element of the internal quality assurance process provides, not only an enhanced learning experience for students, but also rich longitudinal data for the purposes of external verification of quality and standards. The paper concludes that while the online environment certainly presents new challenges for tried and tested quality assurance processes, it also provides opportunities to usher in new guidelines capable of bringing about a significant improvement in standards.

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ID Code: 13073
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Karin Sixl-Daniell, Amy Wong & Jeremy B. Williams
Deposited On: 19 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:23

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