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Location
Canberra, Australian National Territory

Classification
Large 4-year public

“We finally possess the ability to quickly and easily compile information for review and reporting to TEQSA regarding clearly communicating learning outcomes to students, as well as how the classroom assessments are tied to the learning outcomes. All of the course information is contained in one place, and we can extract the necessary data using the reporting feature.” – Kim Blackmore, Digital Learning Curriculum Advisor

Highlights

  • Accreditation required demonstration of assessments tied to learning outcomes
  • Lack of formatting and documentation in Microsoft Word made accreditation compliance reporting difficult
  • Lack of structure for creation and storage of syllabi resulted in deficits in syllabus documentation
  • Linked templates ensure consistency and accuracy among all syllabi
  • Reporting and audit functions mean more efficient compilation of assessment and outcome information

Motivation
The Australian higher education sector enacted new reporting requirements from the national regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) – including demonstration that assessments are tied to student learning outcomes. Their current process of having course outlines in Word document format made it very difficult demonstrate compliance to these requirements. The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) had also begun a Digital Learning Project — with a goal to include significant technology enhancements in most of the courses over the course of two to three years. We needed an efficient way of gathering information regarding how courses are designed in order to target the deficiencies and track progress.

Practices
Prior to Concourse, most schools in the ANU had no structured way of collecting, reviewing, or storing syllabi. One School within CAP collected all course outlines using a single web page, while another College developed a database for course outline collection. Reporting for accreditation compliance often meant looking at individual course pages in the learning management system and downloading Word and PDF documents. It was often very difficult to find the course outline information or conduct a comprehensive review.

Vision
CAP wanted a solution that would allow their instructors to create and edit their instructional syllabi, while allowing administration to maintain control over certain syllabus components. The solution they envisioned would facilitate the flexibility desired by faculty regarding their syllabus content as well as the structure and consistency necessary for administrators to maintain compliance with accreditation requirements.

Implementation
CAP created linked templates in order to create the consistency and structure they required for all of their course syllabi, and use feeds to populate some of the Concourse syllabus items. They use the reporting and audit functions within Concourse to ensure faculty adherence to institutional policies regarding syllabus information, and use Concourse to house all syllabi for the purpose of review and compliance reporting.

Results
An immediate benefit realized by CAP was the ability to easily locate course syllabi and run reports on the assessments being used by each School in CAP. They are able to collate the data on alignment of learning outcomes and assessments for reporting to TEQSA, as well as requirements for curriculum audit in each School. Faculty are adopting the use of Concourse, and have found it beneficial to incorporate the use of Concourse with their use of the institution’s LMS. Because their implementation and deployment have been so successful, CAP is currently promoting a university-wide adoption of Concourse.


About the Australian National University
The Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific has the widest range of courses on Asia and the Pacific in Australia, and offers the largest number of Asian and Pacific language programs. Founded in 1946 by the Parliament of Australia, the Australian National University is currently the highest-ranking university in Australia and second in the world across university ranking bodies.

For more information about Australian National University, please visit their website at www.anu.edu.au.