WP5 Developing Student-Centred QA-QE Processes and Procedures for Transformative Learning (TL) [Leader: Prof Brian Bowe]
Work Package 5 will develop a quality assurance-quality enhancement (QA-QE) system that will continue to support innovation, while integrating best practice in all aspects of education in TU Dublin. The quality enhancement system developed will not only provide processes and criteria, but will also continuously seek to identify weaknesses and areas for improvement, require root cause analyses to be completed, and most importantly, will include a supportive process that engages all relevant stakeholders to address any identified issues and make appropriate changes for enhancement. Such a system will change the perception of quality assurance from a process that must be completed and adhered to, to a process that supports, enhances, improves and is effective. The quality enhancement system will be developed by bringing together all relevant stakeholders. This will be the first QE system in higher education in Ireland that has been specifically designed for enhancement and that aligns to transformative student-centred learning environments. Adhering to this new QE system will inevitably lead to programmes adopting student-centred pedagogical approaches, as opposed to the current situation where programmes only choose to adopt student-centred approaches. This, in turn will lead to a greater focus on the development of graduate attributes, which will be supported by the Transformative Learning Record (TLR).