• Are you a faculty member engaged in quality enhancement of university teaching and learning?

  • Are you an administrator documenting the quality of your university’s teaching and learning deliveries?

  • Are you a manager responsible for quality enhancement of university teaching and learning?

Then this book will be of value to you. Read it to learn how faculty, administration, and management at universities around the globe engage in quality enhancement of university teaching and learning .

Quality Enhancement vs. Quality Assurance

Quality Enhancement of university teaching and learning (QE) is an important concept in higher education. QE has significant differences to the interrelated concept of Quality Assurance (QA).

QE is an internally driven process which focuses on the process of enhancing the quality of teaching and learning deliveries.

QE analyses and understands a large variety of aspects concerning how students study, and how students learn.

Often QE builds on formative evaluation and qualitative studies to better understand what constitutes quality and thus how quality may be enhanced.

QE is about engagement rather than compliance.

Quality Assurance (QA), on the other hand, is an externally driven process, which focuses on documenting the quality of teaching and learning deliveries.

QA concerns assurance and focuses on control and documentation.

Often QA builds on summative evaluations based on predefined key performance indicators installed to measure whether the teaching and learning deliveries meet required standards.

QA focuses on accountability and compliance.

Quality Enhancement of University Teaching and Learning as a competitive advantage

The authors of this book believe that the primary purpose of every institution’s quality enhancement work should be the improvement of students’ learning experiences. Therefore they argue that innovative QE initiatives offer better ways of handling students’ intricate learning processes than does QA.

In order to compete in the open market, higher education institutions need to establish quality enhancement frameworks which focus explicitly on the relationship between the activities of learning and teaching and students’ learning outcomes. All institutions need to follow approaches that seek out and value novel and effective practices and disseminate these where appropriate. Focusing on the dynamic and complex processes and relations that create their learning environments is necessary if higher education institutions are to move from cultures of compliance to cultures of enhancement. When successful, the outcome should be a culture where ownership of the institutional quality enhancement agenda extends down to the point of delivery.

Since successful QE initiatives must always involve jointly the student, the teacher and the institution, the three sections of the book address the practice of QE in relation to each of these constituencies. 

Quality Enhancement of University Teaching and Learning is written by a group of international scholars and academic practitioners who present interesting cases on how to enhance the quality of university teaching and learning, and thereby generate a culture of quality in higher education.

The book contains examples of quality enhancement in higher education from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, Iceland, Portugal, Scotland, and United Arab Emirates.

About the Editors of Quality Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Claus Nygaard is Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Learning in Higher Education, Denmark.
Nigel Courtney is Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, City University London, UK and Visiting Fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Paul Bartholomew is Vice-chancellor at Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.