Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes: a ground-breaking initiative to assess quality in higher education on an international scale. Diane Lalancette Directorate for Education Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development UNICA Rectors’ Seminar 2010 Tallinn 28 May 2010.
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Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes:a ground-breaking initiative to assess quality in higher education on an international scale
Directorate for Education
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
UNICA Rectors’ Seminar 2010
28 May 2010
The massification of participation in higher education has meant much more heterogeneous abilities and expectations of students than in the past
What is AHELO?
Why undertake the study?
Why is AHELO important?
Addressing the needs of various users and uses
Both in discipline-related competencies …
And in generic skills
To assess whether reliable cross-national comparisons of HE learning outcomes are scientifically possible and whether their implementation is feasible.
Not a pilot, but rather a research approach to provide a proof of concept and proof of practicality.
The outcomes will be used to assist countries to decide on the next steps. No pre-determined conclusion.
Phase 1 cognitive labs: January 2010 to June 2011
Phase 2 implementation: late 2011-2012
Target population of students who are near, but before, the end of their first 3-4 year degree.
OECD guiding international expert committees
Contractors in charge of developing the assessment instruments.
Generic skills strand
Generic skills strand
Research-based “Value-added” or “Learning gain” measurement strand
Several perspectives to explore the issue of value-added (conceptually, psychometrics), building on recent OECD work at school level.
Contextual indicators and indirect proxies of quality
to analyse determinants of LO and their development
3 groups of countries
Phase 1 -Initial proof of concept
Instrument development & small-scale validation
Contextual dimension surveys
Phase 2 -Scientific feasibility
& proof of practicality
survey operations and
analyses of results
… Diagnosis is the basis of any improvement
… Shaping the future of higher education to address key challenges
… Scope for a few more participants