The limits of Higher Education websites as sources of learning and teaching information for prospective students: a survey of professional staff

Rao, Namrata and Hosein, Anesa (2017) The limits of Higher Education websites as sources of learning and teaching information for prospective students: a survey of professional staff. Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, 21 (1). pp. 4-10. ISSN 1360-3108

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Abstract

The Green Paper Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice [BIS. 2015. Sheffield: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/474227/BIS-15–623-fulfilling-our-potential-teaching-excellence-social-mobility-and-student-choice.pdf] suggests that the United Kingdom Higher Education (HE) landscape will be transformed, with greater emphasis on the quality of teaching and dissemination of high-quality learning and teaching (L&T) information to students. The latter is important for achieving the Government’s widening participation agenda. Previously, a survey of the websites of 38 HE institutions found that limited information was provided to prospective students on several aspects of L&T [Hosein, A., and N. Rao. 2015. An Impact Study of the Guidance Documents for Higher Education Providers Published by QAA in 2013. Gloucester: The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance/publication?PubID=3014#.VlKDp4SS1Bx]. This research study analyses interview data from quality assurance and marketing personnel in eight British universities to identify the reasons for this information gap on HE institutions websites. The findings indicate that both institutional and individual practices influence the quality of L&T website information. The recognition of these contributory factors may facilitate the provision of quality information and guidance on effective ways of addressing these.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education is available online at "http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13603108.2016.1227386."
Keywords: Learning and teaching information, university websites, information quality in higher education, prospective students
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 14:26
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2017 18:39
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1619

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