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.

Participation in this focus group is limited to participants from EUA member institutions selected through a call for participation. The deadline to apply is 11 January 2021. The applications will be evaluated with attention to geographical balance and all applicants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by e-mail by 15 January.

Interested applicants must complete the online form and they must be:

  • a representative of an EUA member university or national rectors’ conference;
  • an institutional leader or senior manager with responsibilities in internal quality assurance;
  • experienced in quality assurance and aware of current debates on quality in education;
  • committed to actively participate in the full programme.

Practical information

The focus group will take place online via Zoom. A link to access the event room will be sent to those accepted.

Contact

For further information, please contact events@eua.eu

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