What is the AOL Process?
The assurance of learning process can be seen to have five stages:
- Establishing Course Learning Outcomes – that reflect national, professional and individual institution requirements
- Curriculum Mapping – to identify opportunities to develop students’ competencies as they progress through their course
- Collecting Evidence – in order to demonstrate compliance to both internal and external bodies including student surveys, examples of students’ work, as well as performace data
- Closing the Loop – to stimulate continuous through critical and reflective discussion
- External Benchmarking – to benchmark against other educational institutions offerings similar degrees.
Strategies for Good Practice
From reviewing examples of where institutions had demonstrated success in the processes, a set of strategies for practice could be derived. These included:
- Holistic – a whole of program approach was important to ensure students’ progress in a way that ensures graduate attributes can be introduced and then further developed before they are asked to demonstrate the standards expected in each graduate attribute on completion of their award.
- Integrated – in order for graduate attributes to be valued by academic teaching staff and students they had to be embedded into the curriculum, and linked to assessment.
- Collaborative – the process had to be developed in conjunction with the academic teaching staff in an inclusive rather than top down approach, so that staff engaged with, and recognized the importance of the process.
- Maintainable – any process that is implemented has to be sustainable to ensure it is not reliant on individuals or resources.