SQELT Workshop Tuesday 28 August

11.15-12.30 – ROOM 118 (1st Floor)

Sustainable Quality Enhancement in Higher Education Learning and Teaching. Integrative Core Dataset and Performance Data Analytics

Theodor Leiber
evalag (Evaluation Agency Baden-Wuerttemberg), Mannheim, Germany

David Kane
School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom

James Williams
School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom

Content and objectives of the workshop

This workshop will explore ways in which universities collect and analyse performance data in learning and teaching to improve the student experience (“learning analytics”). The current issue is that whilst institutions collect vast amounts of digital data on different aspects of the students’ experience of learning and teaching, they are not always understood or used and there is very little co-ordination in the way such data is used. However, there is increasing need for greater awareness and understanding of the data that are produced as part of the students’ digital footprint whilst at university.

The core principle of the workshop will be to facilitate critical discussion and input to the main goal of the ERASMUS+-funded SQELT project (“Sustainable Quality Enhancement in Higher Education Learning and Teaching”, see also https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/b8a93e06-2000-4a82-9fac-90b3bcacadec) to help strengthen evidence-based strategy and quality enhancing self-governance of universities through establishing capacity of ‘smarter universities’, for example by measuring and improving student and organisational success and supporting institutional decision making.

More specifically, the main goals of the workshop will be to learn more about

  • The key issues facing colleagues in collecting and using (digital) performance data on the students’ (and teachers’) experience of learning and teaching;
  • Participants’ assessments and suggestions for modifications and additions to a comprehensive set of performance indicators for learning and teaching;
  • Participants’ assessments of the present and future role and capacity of learning analytics and performance data analytics.

Activities to be carried out

The workshop will begin with a brief outline of the SQELT project and its findings to date, among them a set of performance indicators developed on the basis of a literature review, document analysis and the performance data management systems of the six SQELT partner universities from Austria, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom as well as eight German universities.

The workshop will then ask participants to share their experiences through working groups including a paper-and-pencil survey to be filled in individually and more explorative focus group discussions about the suggested themes. The survey will suggest comprehensive sets of core data, performance indicators and quality evaluation instruments. In the workshop key questions will be posed about these sets including the following:

  • Do you know whether the suggested or further core data/performance indicators of learning and teaching are systematically collected in your institution, and if so, in which ways?
  • Do you know whether the suggested or further core data/performance indicators of learning and teaching are applied for quality monitoring and improvement in your institution, and if so, in which ways?
  • How important do you rate the suggested core data, performance indicators and quality evaluation instruments?
  • Do you have suggestions for amendments, changes, revisions on any of the issues discussed?

Target audience

HEI members, professionals and experts interested or involved in observation and measurement of performance in learning and teaching (e.g. students; programme directors; study deans; vice-rectors for learning and teaching); employees of quality assurance units, teaching and learning centres, and quality assurance agencies.