Talking the Quality Talk, Walking the Quality Walk: Developing an Online Quality Assurance Training Program


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Saykılı A., Erdal F., Taşcı D., Toprak E.

International Quality Conference 2023, Girne, Cyprus (Kktc), 13 - 14 July 2023, pp.760-772

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Girne
  • Country: Cyprus (Kktc)
  • Page Numbers: pp.760-772
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Quality Assurance (QA) aims to ensure and enhance educational quality, promote accountability, and foster sustainable improvement and is considered a crucial element for higher education systems in a world of constant change, increased competitiveness, technological innovation, and rising costs. In the last several years, quality assurance in Turkish higher education has experienced substantial improvements. The current developments reflect ongoing efforts in Turkish higher education to improve quality assurance processes, comply with international standards, and guarantee the consistency of academic offerings and institutional standards. The development and training of human resources are of paramount importance in creating sustainable QA efforts. Thus, the Quality Coordinatorship of Anadolu University developed a unique online training entitled “Institutional Self-Evaluation Training Programme” to equip the staff involved with the required knowledge and skills to conduct internal evaluation in academic programs at the university. Following a cross-sectional research design, and making use of learning analytics and satisfaction survey, this research investigated the learning patterns and satisfaction of the participants involved in this course. The high learning resources access and activity completion rates in this course suggest that there was a significant interest in the course considering it was only a recommended course. In addition, high levels of satisfaction, which was supported by the qualitative findings, show that the online training was endorsed by the participants as a viable training activity.