YOUR FUTURE: Teaching Standards Enhance Students' Learning Experience

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), August 15, 2002 | Go to article overview

YOUR FUTURE: Teaching Standards Enhance Students' Learning Experience


THE PROVISION of courses for full and part-time students continues to expand at Coventry University, but quality is something which never gets overlooked.

Over two thirds of subject areas at Coventry University have received 'excellent' ratings from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the government body which assesses academic standards and the quality of teaching and learning in higher education.

The QAA reviews have been taking place since 1996 and still continue today. The review is a detailed process which looks at curriculum, teaching, student support, learning resources, and quality assurance.

Coventry University received excellent ratings for art and design, building, business and management, economics, history and international politics, languages, leisure, sport and tourism, maths and statistics, nursing, psychology, sociology, and subjects allied to medicine.

QAA reviews have highlighted the University's strengths, in particular, curriculum design. Coventry operates a modular system, where students obtain credits through study, but maintain the flexibility to choose subjects of most interest to them.

The university has also developed a teaching and learning strategy, which is embedded throughout the institution. The university's WebCT, on-line learning environment, has also been highly commended during QAA reviews.

Students are able to create forums on WebCT to discuss topics outside the lecture theatre. Staff post lecture notes, course handouts and reference material on WebCT to help support student learning. WebCT is a valuable resource to the university, and one of which it is proud to be a pioneer throughout other HE institutions.

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