Beyond assuring learning: Greater challenges ahead for business schools
Many business schools around the world engage in Assurance of Learning (AoL) where student performance is measured against business degrees’ learning goals. Such assessment data inform continuous program improvement and offers multiple benefits to various stakeholders including students, faculty, industry and employers. However, establishing reliable and sustainable assessment mechanisms is challenging, resource-intensive and requires buy-in from everyone involved. Moreover, what enables or hinders engagement with AoL is not sufficiently understood. Lilia will present a thematic analysis of an extensive list of AoL-related literature to identify reported benefits and challenges among business schools. This paper provides business schools with a deeper understanding of the various aspects of AoL and common implementation obstacles. It specifically outlines the reported benefits and challenges of AoL and stimulates a discussion about the value and nature of quality business education. They will conclude with some practical considerations for ensuring quality in programs which in turn can translate to better student experience, outcomes and graduate employability.
Bio: Lilia Mantai is a Lecturer at The University of Sydney Business School and Academic Lead for Course Enhancement, where she currently oversees assurance of learning and guides curriculum development and assessment design. Her research concerns academic and researcher development, doctoral education, graduate skills and assessment. She has published in higher and doctoral education journals, including Studies in Higher Education, Teaching in Higher Education, International Journal for Researcher Development, International Journal of Doctoral Studies, The Australian Educational Researcher, Area. Dr Lilia Mantai is a Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE and Associate Editor for the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) journal.