ERIC Number: ED369347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-16
Quality Assurance in "New" Methods of Learning.
This paper, written from a British perspective, looks at "new" methods of learning that are transforming higher education teaching and learning and at some issues in quality control that arise from these rapid changes. The author notes that in the past new methods have often mistakenly been hailed as the panacea of current educational problems but have been applied on a relatively small scale. However, now though the innovations are not "new," they are possible on a much larger scale and combine with many pressures on higher education to create a significantly different learning environment on an unprecedented scale. The pressures raise issues of quality and set the agenda for a new kind of delivery in which consistency is particularly important. In examining how changes will be made on such a large scale the paper suggests that departments and institutions, rather than individual teachers, will take greater control of teaching methods. The new learning environment will require seven specific components and seven specific changes outlined in the paper. Regarding the question of funding, the paper suggests that a public, coherent strategy must exist on which to make judgements about the effectiveness of change. Established processes are being challenged and new validation methods may be required. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education Conference (Brighton, England, United Kingdom, December 14-16, 1993).