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November, 2004

The Improving Teaching and Learning Project, established in the HEQC's Directorate of Quality Promotion and Capacity Development in 2002, had two main goals:

  1. To develop criteria, minimum quality thresholds and guides to good practice on teaching and learning to inform the HEQC institutional audit and programme accreditation procedures, and thus to ensure that these contribute to the enhancement and valid evaluation of teaching and learning.
  2. To engage the academic community in discussion on the suitability of the proposed criteria and minimum quality thresholds.

A Working Group was established, and their initial work identified seven focus areas:

  1. Programme Planning, Design and Management
  2. Programme & Course Review
  3. Access & Admissions
  4. Student Development & Support
  5. The Assessment of Students
  6. Staff Development
  7. Postgraduate Research Programmes

These were developed to become the HEQC's seven Improving Teaching & Learning (ITL) Resources.

Each of these can be read and used individually, with cross-references showing how they relate to each other. The Introduction, which explains the purpose of the Resources and how they relate to the HEQC's quality assurance mandate and its quality promotion and capacity development activities, is relevant to all of the Resources.

The CHE is the owner of the copyright of the Improving Teaching & Learning (ITL) Resources. With due acknowledgement to the CHE, material from these publications may be reproduced and adapted for non-commercial purposes. Changes that individuals or institutions may introduce in the Resources for their own purposes must not be attributed to the CHE.

The project and the publications which it produced were supported by the Department for International Development (DFID), UK and by the Carnegie Corporation of the USA.

Each of the seven Improving Teaching & Learning (ITL) Resources can be read and used individually, although there are cross-references as some are closely related. However, it is important to read the Introduction, as it deals with the purpose of the Resources and how they relate to the Higher Education Quality Committee's quality assurance mandate and its quality promotion and capacity development activities.

The copyright of the Resources for Improving Teaching and Learning belongs to the CHE. Material from these publications may be reproduced and adapted for non-commercial purposes with due acknowledgement to the CHE. Changes that individuals or institutions may introduce in the Resources for their own purposes must not be attributed to the CHE.

The HEQC welcomes ideas for further developing or using the Resources, or references to other resources for improving Teaching and Learning in higher education.

The Improving Teaching & Learning Project was established in the HEQC's Directorate of Quality Promotion and Capacity Development early in 2002. The project had two main goals:

  • To develop criteria, minimum quality thresholds and guides to good practice on teaching and learning to inform the HEQC institutional audit and programme accreditation procedures, with the aim of ensuring that these contribute to the enhancement and valid evaluation of teaching and learning.
  • To engage the academic community in discussion on the suitability of the proposed criteria and minimum quality thresholds.

Operationalising this project implied substantial intellectual work and the establishment of appropriate consultative processes. A Project Manager and Working Group were appointed; members were drawn from Academic Development, Curriculum Development and Staff Development units across the spectrum of South African higher education institutions. As preparation for their work, the Working Group produced a framework document and undertook a scoping exercise in order to define the focus of their work and its conceptual underpinnings. A Needs and Capacity Analysis was also undertaken in a selected sample of institutions.

On the basis of this preparatory work, the Working Group identified seven focus areas:

  • Programme Planning, Design and Management
  • Programme & Course Review
  • Access & Admissions
  • Student Development & Support
  • The Assessment of Students
  • Staff Development
  • Postgraduate Research Programmes

For each of the focus areas, members of the Working Group produced an Interim Code of Practice. The Interim Codes of Practice included a rationale, a set of evaluative questions linked to good practice and threshold descriptors and suggestions for data sources.

Once drafts were produced, the project ran a Consultative Panel, constituted by specialists, managers and students, for each of the Interim Codes of Practice. The revised documents were sent out again for comment to Consultative Panel members, members of the HEQC Board and also to members of the Project's Reference Group.

Teaching and Learning Project Working Group

Name Institution
Kathy Luckett University of Natal
Kwena Masha University of the North
Ian Scott University of Cape Town
Rob Moore University of Cape Town
Driekie Hay University of the Free State
Ansu Erasmus Technikon Northern Gauteng
Matete Madib Technikon Northern Gauteng
Chrissie Boughey Rhodes University
Thami Tisani Cape Technikon
Elizabeth Sayigh Rhodes University
Jo-anne Vorster Rhodes University

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