The Quality Enhancement of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
In November 2014, the University of Northampton approved its Approach to Quality Enhancement that outlined three broad categories of quality enhancement:
1. Responsive-reactive: enhancement of learning and teaching prompted by data
2. Developmental-incremental: (the more organic) enhancement of learning and teaching prompted by reflection on one’s own practice
3. Radical-innovative: the enhancement of learning and teaching prompted by new ideas from elsewhere in the sector or from other industries
It was theorised that these categories overlap to form additional categories of enhancement, as shown below.
Figure 1. The University of Northampton’s Approach to Quality Enhancement (Armellini, 2014)
To disseminate this approach and to prompt faculty and staff to reflect on their own practice, the Institute of Learning and Teaching facilitated a series of ‘QE Roashows’ across each of the six Schools. Over 200 faculty and staff attended these events.
Following the success of these Roadshows, a web area was launched that provided a set of Open Educational Resources (OER) for understanding this approach to Quality Enhancement. A short video and the diagram are available as CC-BY-SA-NC and would be ideal for others to use to facilitate a similar session. Reflective questions are included in the video and these can form the basis of a small group discussion.
Click here to access the site: www.northamptonilt.com/qualityenhancement
We hope you enjoy these resources and find ways to use them in your own institutions.
Alden Rivers, B. (2015) Quality Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, Webpage and OER. Available at: http://www.northamptonilt.com/qualityenhancement.
Armellini, A. et al. (2014) ‘The University of Northampton’s Approach to Quality Enhancement’, Paper to University Senate Committee, University of Northampton.