Creating Sustainable Change to Improve Outcomes for Tertiary Learners
A project to develop a framework for thinking about projects in tertiary education and using research to drive change for the benefit of learners. A collaboration between Heathrose Research and Ako Aotearoa.
The primary aim of the project was to help readers reflect, gather evidence and use a project to support ongoing improvement and improved outcomes for learners.
The methodology of the project included the development of a framework for thinking about the before, during and after phases of action-focused projects designed to improve teaching and learning.
Anne AlkemaHeathrose Research Ltd
What has become clear to us is that although there is no ‘one-size-fits-all approach,’ there certainly are some key ingredients:
- a committed and engaged project team, who are both well positioned to make changes themselves and influence other key groups
- a well planned and executed project, that is kept on track with the benefits for learners at the forefront
- a willingness to work with others in a meaningful partnership for the benefit of learners
- a plan in place to share the work strategically.
- Projects should develop a professional learning community.
- Project leaders should communicate about their work within and beyond their organisations.
- They should use a framework for thinking about achieving sustainable change that takes their organisational context into account and that features initiation, implementation and institutionalisation phases.
- It is important to be realistic about the sort of change and outcomes project teams can expect over time
- Assessing and measuring outcomes using appropriate data is also important.
- Project teams should use Ako Aotearoa rubrics to develop and evaluate high impact projects.