The main objective of this paper is to address the changing role of university quality assurance structures in particular regard to teaching and learning and the associated developments in online and distance learning. It begins with an outline of recent developments in Irish higher education followed by an examination of major transitions at national level within educational quality assurance in Ireland. The background to quality assurance in an Irish university is provided, followed by an overview of the quality assurance, referencing specific details of how teaching and learning is assured.
Also outlined in the paper are developments in the Irish higher education sector in particular regard to online learning, along with the changes that have recently been undertaken in one university to reflect an increased emphasis on module and academic programme review processes. The move towards a blended learning approach, combining traditional and digital methodologies is also discussed. The paper concludes with a summary of successes and challenges.
This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.