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Outcomes from collaborative provision audit: learning support arrangements in partnership links, sharing good practice

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), corp creator. (2011) Outcomes from collaborative provision audit: learning support arrangements in partnership links, sharing good practice.

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Learning resources are a significant component of the learning experience, and so they featured in all of the 30 Collaborative provision audit reports which were published between May 2005 and March 2007. Awarding institutions were noted to take care to ensure that learning environments for students studying through collaborative arrangements were at least adequate and fit for purpose, and in many cases equivalent or comparable to those experienced by on-campus students. For most awarding institutions, the nature and availability of learning resources was considered within the context of processes for the approval of collaborative partners and individual programmes. Granting of approval was dependent on learning resources being assessed as suitable, a decision which could be made by specialist staff from the awarding institution. A number of reports identify challenges for awarding institutions in ensuring that students studying through collaborative links had access to adequate levels of learning resources. Particular difficulties were encountered in relation to electronic resources because of copyright and licensing restrictions, but a number of awarding institutions were reported to have overcome this. In some other cases, awarding institutions were noted to have made commendable efforts to ensure that limited internet access for some students in overseas locations was not an obstacle to them pursuing their studies effectively. Monitoring of learning resources in many cases formed part of general monitoring and review processes, often carried out by link tutors. Awarding institutions were also aware of the need to seek feedback from students on their experiences of the resources available and to take action to remedy any deficiencies identified. The growth in use of virtual learning environments and other electronic resources was a theme through the audit reports. In several cases, they were identified to have enhanced the learning experience for collaborative provision students. Mechanisms for the dissemination of good practice between and across awarding and partner institutions, and shared opportunities to identify difficulties, were also noted to be of value in ensuring effective use of learning resources. It is clear from the Collaborative provision audit reports that the efforts made by awarding institutions to ensure students studying in collaborative arrangements were supported by suitable learning resources was in a state of development at the time of many of the audit visits. The planned changes were intended to build on an already generally positive picture.

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Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2011 09:16
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