Learning Our Lesson

Review of Quality Teaching in Higher Education

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Leaders and academics can improve the quality of higher education teaching, and thereby the quality of their graduates, by reflecting on institution-wide practices. This book explores the interplay between actors within institutions, organisational structure, commitment of senior leadership, involvement of faculty and students, and evaluation instruments.

Based on an OECD review of 46 quality teaching initiatives in 20 countries, the report highlights the significant impact of the institutions’ environment, trends in the quality of academia, teaching methods and learning conditions. The sample represents 29 higher education institutions, from technological and vocational institutions to business and economic schools, from small undergraduate institutions to multidisciplinary postgraduate universities. 

The book illustrates the following factors with examples from around the world:

  • the aims of institutions when fostering quality teaching, their options and the guiding philosophy behind a quality approach;
  • concrete ways to apply quality teaching initiatives, challenges to implementing them, and key actors in their dissemination;
  • evaluation systems and the impacts of institutional support on teaching, research and quality culture;
  • how institution-wide approaches can be combined to enhance quality teaching in a sustainable way.

The book also analyses the effects of quality teaching on institutional leaders, faculty members, quality units and students.

English Also available in: Hungarian


Monitoring and Measuring Quality Teaching

Institutional Management in Higher Education

As many higher education institutions struggle with identifying methods for measuring teaching quality, this chapter first reveals the institutional challenges in appraising quality teaching. Then, it illustrates innovative approaches to include more objectivity in the appraisal of impacts in order to make up for the shortage of appropriate evaluation instruments. The emergence of more qualitative measurement tools, a dedicated evaluation on the overall impact of quality teaching, simplifying the evaluation, making quality and teaching meaningful, and interpreting the subjective results of the evaluation are the examples of institutions’ responses to the challenge of the lack of reliable instruments. Finally, this chapter examines the impacts of quality teaching on: teaching, research and the culture of quality.


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