ACODE Benchmarks for technology enhanced learning (TEL): Findings from a 24 university benchmarking exercise regarding the benchmarks’ fitness for purpose

Michael Sankey, Fernando F. Padró

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    Abstract

    Purpose: This paper aims to present findings from a benchmarking exercise by 24 higher education institutions (HEIs) about the use of the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-learning (ACODE) Benchmarks and its benchmarking process to provide data about technology-enhanced learning (TEL) environments.

    Design/methodology/approach: Results of the first instalment of a major benchmarking activity of the robustness of the benchmarks and of the benchmarking process itself based on two surveys provided participants, one during the collaborative session between participants from the 24 HEIs and nine months later. 

    Findings: The most important conclusion was the interest and usefulness of the benchmarks for participating HEIs, especially the sharing of information between HEIs. Six recommendations from the data indicated the desire to formally endorse the benchmarks, facilitate a formal benchmarking activity every two years, postpone the merger of four benchmarks into two and create more online tools to share practice. 

    Research limitations/implications: Data were collected and analysed through non-validated surveys based on ACODE’s need-to-know to develop baselines specific to the usefulness of the benchmarks themselves, the benchmarking process itself and next steps. 

    Practical implications: This paper provides a comparative view of how 24 universities approach online education and their use of the ACODE Benchmarks and how they facilitate HEI regulatory compliance. 

    Social implications: ACODE Benchmarks are one of few institution-wide quality improvement tools or frameworks for TEL available for universities to use. The benchmarking exercise provides a process through which HEIs can learn from each other how to improve their approaches to e-learning activities to better serve student learning needs.

    Originality/value: Reporting of how universities seen as leading practitioners in TEL pursue good/best practice, decision-making and reporting.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)345-362
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of Quality and Service Sciences
    Volume8
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2016

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