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#ETconf18 to explore the use of learning gain as Evidence for Enhancement

| 09 May 2018

King College London's, Dr Camille Kandiko-Howson will give a keynote presentation at

In her role as Head of Student Engagement, Dr Camille Kandiko Howson will present her research into learning gain to over 300 higher education experts at the 15th Enhancement Conference on 7 June 2018. This topic is being increasingly debated as part of the higher education sector’s data revolution.

Learning gain refers to the attempt to measure the different ways in which students benefit from their learning experience. Questions over student outcomes are regularly discussed as part of the ongoing debate about education and its value for money. Learning gain offers a way to consider what the purpose of higher education is, across institutions and subject areas. This will help determine graduate level knowledge, skills and attributes. New approaches to quantifying learning gain and developing new metrics were being trialled through 13 Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funded pilot projects across England. Drawing on these and related initiatives in the US, Germany and Australia, this keynote will explore the different uses of learning gain, the nature of the evidence used and the various metrics developed which include behavioural, cognitive and affective approaches as well as employability and other outcome measures.

This lecture will aim to address the following questions: 

  • what does this focus on evidence and impact mean for institutions?

  • does this signal a shift from a sector-wide interest in teaching to more emphasis on learning?

  • what does this mean for quality assurance? 

  • where can or should the student voice be in enhancement and evaluation?

It will also explore the implications of learning gain on practice, including the use of metrics to: enhance students' learning experiences; drive curriculum and pedagogical change; and support teaching and learning.

Camille can be reached via twitter @cbkandiko.


If you’re a student from any HE institution or a staff member from a Ruk institution, you can register to attend the Enhancement Conference to hear Camille’s research and much more - read through our lively event programme.

***Please note funded and paid places are full for Scottish-based staff. If you would like to be added to the list, please email us at***

Live stream

For those of you unable to attend the conference, you can watch a live stream of Dr Camille Kandiko-Howson and Professor George Siemens presentations via our youtube channel.