Measures of Success

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The "Measures of Success" are described in the HEFCE document HEFCE strategy for e-learning (March 2005/12).

(Institutions not in England will observe that of course these Measures are not necessarily applicable to them.)

The Measures of Success are as follows:

  1. ICT is commonly accepted into all aspects of the student experience of higher education,
    with innovation for enhancement and flexible learning,
    connecting areas of HE with other aspects of life and work. (code HA)

  2. Due to more coherence and collaboration, technical issues have been addressed to give better value for money. (code HB)

  3. Students are able to access information, tutor support, expertise and guidance, and communicate with each other effectively wherever they are.
    They are able to check and record their achievement in a form designed for multiple uses to enable personal and professional development. (code HC)

  4. Tutors have tools for course design to enable better communication between them and their students, giving feedback and targeted support.
    Individual teachers have access to information about the materials available, and support for continuous improvement of them. (code HD)

  5. Subject communities are able to share materials in ways that enhance their ability to produce customised high quality courses.
    They are supported to work collaboratively in designing materials,
    which are effectively quality assured
    and widely disseminated.
    They have access to research information to inform curriculum development and research-based teaching. (code HE)

  6. Institutions are able to build appropriate infrastructure and resources support for integrating registration and learning functions.
    They have links with regional networks of institutions to support progression and community involvement. (code HF)

  7. Lifelong learning networks support connectivity between institutions to provide seamless access for students and staff. (code HG)

  8. Staff are supported at all stages to develop appropriate skills in e-learning,
    and these skills are recognised in their roles and responsibilities and in reward structures.
    They have access to accreditation for their level of skills and professional practice in linking learning technology with teaching. (code HH)

So far (mid August 2007) the Measures have not on the whole been regarded as central to institutions' concerns and, with two exceptions (one recent,one very recent), no serious effort hase been made to use them for benchmarking or monitoring change.

(There were earlier hopes that institutions might embed them as spinal criteria in benchmarking systems as a Common Core. This is perfectly possible in theory - a position paper explores this aspect.)

However, recent work by the University of Northumbria at Newcastle perhaps signals a change in attitude. See also the report Mapping eLearning at Brookes to the HEFCE eLearning Strategy - a report from the Pathfinder project at Oxford Brookes University, who use a wiki as well as a blog to coordinate their work.

See also the work by the University of East London on correlating their Pathfinder work to the Measures of Success.


See Indicators of Success for the Welsh scheme announced in October 2007 by HEFCW.

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