Identical sessions on 1 (14.00 CET) and 2 February (09.00 CET) 2021
In response to the Covid-19 crisis higher education institutions have adjusted and adapted their activities to an emergency, remote mode. A recent EUA briefing shows that institutions’ responses, varied depending on the size, governance model, discipline and the status of digitally enhanced learning provision prior to the crisis. This sudden shift in the mode of delivery has raised questions about the effectiveness, relevance and flexibility of quality assurance arrangements in this context.
The participants in this online focus group will be selected through a call and will examine how internal quality assurance practices have been adapted to the changes brought about by the Covid-19 crisis, what key challenges have arisen from the quality perspective, and what role internal quality assurance has assumed in supporting institutions in managing the crisis.
The focus group will provide an opportunity to share experiences and learn about practices in other participating institutions. Participants will work in small interactive groups intended to create an open exchange. To facilitate this, participants will receive key questions in advance and should be prepared to contribute actively to the discussions.
The findings of the focus group will feed into a short report intended to serve and inspire EUA member universities and to contribute to EUA’s policy work. The working language of the focus group will be English.
To accommodate a large group of participants, the online focus group will be organised in two identical sessions, one on the afternoon of 1 February 2021 and another on the morning of 2 February 2021. The same programme of activities will be covered on both days, giving participants the possibility to choose the slot they find most suitable.
The focus group will take place online via Zoom. A link to access the event room will be sent to those accepted.
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