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Table 2 Standards of curriculum quality as reported in the literature

From: Determining ‘curriculum viability’ through standards and inhibitors of curriculum quality: a scoping review

Article Standards of Curriculum Quality (key findings)
1. A Primer on Quality Indicators of Distance Education [33] • Prompt feedback
• Student support services
• Programme evaluation and assessment
• Clear analysis of audience
• Documented technology plan
• Course structure guidelines
• Active learning techniques
• Respect for diverse learning styles
• Faculty support services
• Strong rationale for distance education that correlates to the mission of the institution
• Appropriate tools and media
• Reliability of technology
• Course structure guidelines
• Implementation of guidelines for course development
• Review of instructional materials
• Institutional support and services
2. Developing of indicators of an e-learning benchmarking model for higher education institutions [34] • Institution and organisation
• Curriculum and instructional design
• Resources and information technology
• Learning and teaching
• Learner faculties and supporting personnel
• Measurement and evaluation
3. Understanding Quality Culture in Assuring Learning at Higher Education Institutions [35] • Development of a relevant mission and vision
• Achievement of internal/external standards and goals
• Procurement of resources for optimal institutional functioning
• Degree to which student complaints are addressed
• Competence of instructors
• Student engagement with faculty, staff and administration
4. Counting quality because quality counts: differing standards in master’s in medical education programme [36] • Modality, time frame and core teaching team of the taught component
• Length of programme
• Length of dissertation and time allotted for its completion
5. Quality Assurance in Higher Education: A Review of Literature [37] • Involvement of students in quality assurance process: student’s evaluation of academic programmes
• Faculty-student interaction
6. Development and validation of the Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) [38] • Students’ perceptions of teaching
• Students’ perceptions of teachers
• Students’ perceptions of atmosphere
• Students’ academic self-perception
• Students’ social self-perception
7. Designing an evaluation framework for WFME basic standards for medical education [14]
8. Preparing for an institutional self-review using the WFME standards – An International Medical School case study [17]
9. Evidence-based postgraduate training. A systematic review of reviews based on the WFME quality framework [39]
10. Evaluating a master of medical education programme: Attaining minimum quality standards? [40]
11. The importance of medical education accreditation standards [41]
• Mission and objectives
• Educational programme
• Assessment of students
• Students
• Academic staff/faculty
• Educational resources
• Programme evaluation
• Governance and administration
• Continuous renewal