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Learning outcomes and their assessment: putting Open University pedagogical practice under the microscope

Coats, Maggie; Dillon, Christopher; Hodgkinson, Linda and Reuben, Catherine (2005). Learning outcomes and their assessment: putting Open University pedagogical practice under the microscope. In: Ist International Conference on Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Assessment, July 2005, Hong Kong, China.

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Abstract

The Open University (OU) is the United Kingdom's only university devoted to distance learning. It is also the UK's largest university with over 200,000 students overall. Around 150,000 students are studying undergraduate level courses. Over the last decade major policy changes have impacted on UK higher education. Following the recommendations of the National Committee of
Inquiry into Higher Education (Dearing Report, 1997) and the establishment of the Quality Assurance Agency, all UK universities have been required to define learning outcomes for their programmes and link learning outcomes to teaching and assessment. This major pedagogic shift
led the OU to establish the Learning Outcomes and their Assessment (LOTA) project to re-examine the ways its courses are planned, designed, delivered and assessed, and to initiate necessary institution-wide changes. Explicitly linking outcomes, assessment and teaching, actively using assessment for learning, and supporting academic staff development are key elements in enhancing student learning.

Item Type: Conference Item
Academic Unit/Department: Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP)
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Science
Item ID: 5557
Depositing User: Users 4436 not found.
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 02:05
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/5557
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