Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2011

Summary of projects

Poster of Project - Implementing and adapting a strategic framework to achieve equivalence and comparability in RMIT University transnational offerings

Project title

Implementing and adapting a strategic framework to achieve equivalence and comparability in RMIT University transnational offerings

Project leaders

  • Dr. Tom Palaskas
  • Ms. Sathiyavani Gopal

Project summary

Based on a framework for Equivalence and Comparability (E&C) developed as part of a 2010 LTIF project, the 2011 project addressed three questions:

a) How practical is the E&C review process when applied to 5 diverse courses offered at RMIT Vietnam and at RMIT’s offshore partner institutions?

b) How effective was the review process in identifying E&C issues in the five courses involved, and as a result, what is the potential for this process to effectively be used for determining E&C in other courses offered transnationally by RMIT?

c) What issues have been identified that have the potential to impact broader implementation and to inform the development of university-wide policy on E&C?

Resulting from observations, and feedback from reviewers:

a) the E&C review process can be practically implemented across diverse course offerings at different locations subject to implementation issues being addressed (see Table 2.3);

b) the review process has effectively highlighted E&C issues in the courses audited (see Table 2.2 for a summary, and Appendices A-D for the individual action plans); and,

c) implementation issues have been identified that would need to be resolved should E&C audits be incorporated into broader university quality assurance processes (see Table 2.3).

The E&C framework was applied to three courses from the College of Business, one from the College of Science Engineering and Health (SEH), and one from College of Design and Social Context (DSC).

In total, 14 course offerings were reviewed. Table 4.1 in Section 4 lists key project tasks and the method of evaluation; namely, seminar feedback, observation of reviews conducted, and interviews with academics and teaching staff associated with each of the 14 course offerings. Revisions to framework components were carried out on the basis of feedback received from course coordinators, program directors, course team leaders, local reviewers and teaching staff, as well as from observations of the reviews by the authors.

Outcomes

The project outcomes are:

  • E&C reviews of 5 courses (14 course offerings) and identification of E&C issues
  • Action plans resulting from the reviews of course offerings (4 action plans)
  • Revisions to some E&C framework components and website
  • Professional development and support resources
  • E&C implementation plan
  • Dissemination of project research

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