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Informed choice? How the United Kingdom's Key Information Set fails to represent pedagogy to potential students

Barefoot, H; Oliver, M; Mellar, H; (2016) Informed choice? How the United Kingdom's Key Information Set fails to represent pedagogy to potential students. Quality in Higher Education , 22 (1) pp. 3-19. 10.1080/13538322.2016.1153899. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which information about course pedagogy has been represented to potential students through national descriptors and specifications such as the United Kingdom’s Key Information Set. It examines the extent to which such descriptors provide helpful information about pedagogy, for example innovative uses of technology. The paper starts by exploring the wider context within which these descriptors have been developed, including a comparison of similar descriptions internationally. This is followed by a comparative analysis, in which two courses (one single honours undergraduate degree, one Massive Open Online Course) are classified and compared. This serves to illustrate the blind spots in classifications such as the Key Information Set. The paper concludes by arguing that further work is needed to develop classification schemes that both address explicitly the interests of potential students and are able to represent the pedagogic decisions that differentiate teaching in contemporary higher education.

Type: Article
Title: Informed choice? How the United Kingdom's Key Information Set fails to represent pedagogy to potential students
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13538322.2016.1153899
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13538322.2016.1153899
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Quality in Higher Education on 18 April 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13538322.2016.1153899.
Keywords: Key Information Set, student choice, pedagogy, curriculum design, learning design, National Student Survey, higher education, quality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476880
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