As the year draws to a close, it is always useful to reflect on the progress we have made towards providing a truly innovative and high-quality educational experience for our students. 2018 has been a busy year of setting the groundwork for the years to come. This has included substantial policy, process and systems work related to educational quality, educational technology and work integrated learning. A few examples of this include:
- approval of a revised Academic Integrity Policy which sets the scene for a major educational campaign to raise student awareness of the issues relating to academic integrity in 2019. In conjunction with this, there will also be staff training to ensure we take a consistent and fair approach to this issue.
- development of an Educational Quality Framework. This work, undertaken by a working party consisting of representatives from across the University, is intended to bring together the range of associated policies and procedures in a coherent and connected way and to put emphasis on both quality improvement and quality assurance. University-wide consultation will begin early in the new year.
- review and improvement of a range of educational technology processes and systems in line with our vision of educational innovation and excellence. This has included improvement of the FLO Rollover process, preparation for trialling of eProctoring for online examinations and exploring our educational technology requirements to position us for the future.
- upgrade of InPlace to enable key functionality for making better use of the system to support work integrated learning. As part of the WIL Review, processes and systems have been mapped to identify changes and work required to roll out InPlace across the institution and to improve the overall experience for staff, students and industry partners.
- completion of the WIL Review. This substantial document is currently being considered by a small working group who will prepare a response to the recommendations as per the discussion at the Senior Executive. However, some key actions (such as the upgrade to InPlace) are already occurring and further work responding to the recommendations will take place next year.
- identification of the need for an integrated Curriculum Management System to enable us to effectively manage a range of both staff- and student-facing tasks. We are currently in the process of evaluation against tender requirements and it is anticipated that this process will be completed before the end of this year with implementation in the first part of 2019.
We look forward to working with colleagues across the University to progress and embed these key initiatives as well as beginning the next suite of improvements. I hope that everyone has the opportunity for a well-deserved rest over the Christmas and New Year break before we launch into what promises to be an exciting and busy 2019!
Professor Deborah West