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Strategies to engage academics in assuring graduate attributes

Lawson, Romy, Taylor, Tracy, Herbert, James, Fallshaw, Eveline, French, Erica L., Hall, Cathy, Kinash, Shelley, & Summers, Jane (2012) Strategies to engage academics in assuring graduate attributes. In 8th International Conference on Education 2012, 5 – 7 July, Samos, Greece.

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Abstract

Assurance of learning (AoL) is a predominant feature in both quality assurance and quality enhancement in higher education. The process may be used for program development, and to inform external accreditation and evaluation bodies. However, there is an obvious challenge in trying to get academic staff to buy into the benefits of the AoL process. This project conducted an audit across 25 Australian Business Schools. The majority of those interviewed stated that academic staff considered AoL to be extra work and viewed the process as a box ticking exercise for external bodies rather than sound educational practice. A change management process is required to promote the necessary cultural change to embed AoL into practice. This paper showcases some of the educational leadership strategies that have been successfully implemented across Australia to foster staff engagement in the AoL process. These include: strong senior management commitment and leadership demonstrating a constant and high level drive for staff engagement until AoL becomes an institutional norm; developing leadership and champions among unit and program level staff, to share practices and promote the benefits that come from engaging in the process; providing professional development opportunities to discuss and resolve difficulties and tensions around AoL; demonstrating success and effectiveness by selling staff on the evidence that AoL makes a difference; and making the process inclusive with academics collaborating in the development and implementation of the process.

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ID Code: 52630
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Strategies to Engage Academics, Assuring Graduate Attributes, Assurance of Learning
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 (please consult the author).
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2012 10:09
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2013 11:29

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