Education Development and Leadership in Higher Education: Developing an Effective Institutional Strategy

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Decentralised approaches to education development: supporting quality teaching and learning from within a faculty

Alex Radloff

This chapter identifies education development issues that need to be addressed in order to enhance the quality of teaching and learning within an academic unit, in this case in a Faculty of Life Sciences. The focus of education development is programme development and renewal in the context of a programme quality assurance framework guided by an institutional teaching and learning strategy emphasising a capability-driven, learner-centred curriculum with a strong emphasis on the use of emerging technologies to enrich learning.


BACKGROUND

Universities are having to meet increasing expectations from a range of stakeholders for the quality of the teaching and learning that they provide. Students, employers, governments and taxpayers are all seeking assurances that the education they are contributing towards is of a high standard and that universities have in place processes to assure and - where necessary - improve the quality of teaching and learning. At the same time, as outlined in Chapter 1, the massification of higher education and the related changes in student demographics have created a growing need for flexible learner-centred approaches to teaching. The rapid growth of information and communication technologies has prompted universities to look to technology for ways of extending student access, supporting flexible learning and improving teaching efficiencies; and all of this is happening in a market place where universities are competing with one another and alternative higher education providers for domestic and international students in an effort to broaden their funding sources and assure their financial futures.

What does the emphasis on quality and accountability within a financially

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