Well done everyone for completing what, for most of you, was your first session of the Quality Assurance and Reflection (QUASAR) system. Like with any new system there were a few bumps however the new system has been well received and well used.
We are happy to receive feedback on the system. If you have any, please send it to Michael Kemp (firstname.lastname@example.org). Based on feedback already received, the programmers are optimising the landing page to make the load time much quicker. There will also be some changes to better handle the new session codes for next year.
Firstly, if you added action items, make sure you set aside time to finish them before they’re due. You can see at a glance action items for your subjects by going to QUASAR’s landing page and looking at the right-hand column – make sure you have a look before you create your 2020 subject outlines!
Secondly, be aware that there is one more QUASAR form – Subject Validation, that some of you will experience next year. The form need only be completed if this is the first time the subject is offered after a significant CASIMS change. The purpose is to make sure the changes in design are implemented in the subject. It needs to be completed 6 weeks before the start of session (tied in with the QA of the subject outline). The 6 weeks beforehand gives enough time to fix things if that is ever needed.
The form must first be completed by your Head of School, who decides whether the CASIMS change was significant. If not, then nothing more needs to be done. If the change was significant, then the convenor briefly describes what changes were made (parts of the CASIMS change memo are included to make this quick). Then the moderator (generally the QA officer of the master outline) will then undertake a substantial review to validate the subject.
The Subject Validation review consists of 4 questions which is like a deeper subject outline QA. Detailed instructions are included with each question explaining what to look for. If the moderator finds no issues, then the process is complete. If there are issues, the Head of School then decides how to resolve it. This review is estimated to take up to 1 hour but for some pilot subjects, the process proved to be quicker. Since Subject Validation won’t happen all that often there will be no formal training sessions (as have been run for the other two forms) but we’ve tried to make the instructions on the form itself pretty comprehensive. For subjects that are in CourseSpace there’s also an embedded video on how to engage with it.
Michael Kemp QUASAR Product Owner