Quality in learning and teaching – measure it and manage IT
The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) surveys that are carried out every year in Australia provide our higher education sector participants with independently sourced and managed performance data to help maintain and improve the quality of learning and teaching. It also forms the basis of the CompareED comparison website, that helps students review institutions and study areas, based on the real-life experiences of current students and recent graduates.
QILT 2020 Results
All universities want to rank well in QILT, 2020 was no exception . However, the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the resulting restrictions were key contributing factors to the sharp decline in results for the undergraduate students ‘Quality of entire education experience’: nine per cent down for domestic students and 14 per cent down for international students. The table below provides a summary of the results:
Edtech and digital transformation
While all universities were subject to the same environmental factors created by the COVID-19 Pandemic, some were better placed to manage the large basket of components required to deliver remote learning and online learning successfully. The curriculum didn’t change, the course objectives didn’t change, but the delivery channel did. Educational technology (edtech) and all things digital transformation became urgent, as well as important.
E-learning priorities for large universities
From interactions with our own university LMS clients, a number of projects were initiated or given more urgency as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s a look at the top five priorities that came to the fore:
1. High performance LMS
A fundamental requirement of a virtual learning environment (VLE) is that it’s available and reliable. The nature of online learning dictates that your learning management system needs to be available 24/7, on-demand, when it’s convenient for your students.
Our universities look to us to optimise their cloud services, scaling when and where they need it, while at the same time, keeping their costs at a manageable level.
Disaster recovery has also been high on the agenda, with frequent or even real-time backups being a priority. No organisation wants to be the victim of ransomware, particularly when online delivery of your services is so critical.
The Catalyst Team took away the technical challenge and worry of managing 40+ Moodle sites and delivered an educational tool for Navitas staff and educators to focus their attention on achieving learning outcomes and business goals rather than day-to-day technical administration.