The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) provides a platform for discussion, professional development and exchange of experiences among the main stakeholders in quality assurance (QA).
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Specifically, the Forum was of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff and researchers working on higher education or the QA field.
The 11th European Quality Assurance Forum, organised by ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, took place on 17-19 November 2016, hosted by the Slovenian Student Union and the University of Ljubljana, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2016 EQAF, entitled ‘Quality in context – embedding improvement’, combined practice-oriented or research-based discussions with presentations of current developments in quality assurance in paper sessions and workshops. The Forum provided an opportunity for participants to update their knowledge and extend their professional development.
Across Europe there are significant similarities in the ways in which the quality of higher education is assured and enhanced. Nonetheless there is wide-spread agreement that approaches to quality and QA need to be tailored to specific disciplinary, institutional and national contexts and cultures so to allow them to be embedded into daily work and be efficient. The 2016 Forum explored these different contexts and considered how QA policies and practices are adapted to respect diversity and remain fit for purpose.
EQAF provides a platform for discussion, professional development and exchange of experiences among the main stakeholders in QA. Specifically, the Forum will be of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff and researchers working on higher education or the QA field.
With the support of
Juan Carlos Hernandez Buades, Chair, EQAF Steering Committee
Klemen Balanč, President, Slovenian Student Union
Ivan Svetlik, Rector, University of Ljubljana
Exploring the institutional context
Machteld Verbruggen, Thomas More University College
Goran Turk, University of Ljubljana
Stefan Gies, European Association of Conservatoires
Workshop 1 A practical look into the European Approach for the Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes by Peter Elting (Stenden University), Mark Frederiks (ECA), Achim Hopbach (AQ Austria), Melinda Szabo, Colin Tück (EQAR), Lineke van Bruggen (NVAO)
Workshop 2 What knowledge skills and values should evaluation reviewers hold by Caty Duykaerts (AEQES), Denis Berthiaume (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland)
Workshop 3 - Impact analysis of quality assurance in higher education: theory, practice and policy perspectives in discussion by Theodor Leiber (evalag), Blazhe Todorovski (ESU) Cancelled
Workshop 4 Measuring course quality development of a micro-analysis tool by Elka Walsh, Kelly Goss, Samantha Lenci, Sonja Chamberlin, Laurie Beatt (Southern Alberta Institution of Technology)
Paper 1 - Inter-agency cooperation in the quality assurance of transnational education: challenges and opportunities by Fabrizio Trifiro’ (QAA)
Paper 2 - NVAOs Appreciative Approach a new philosophy to strengthen internal and external qualit by Axel Aerden, Ann Verreth (NVAO), Roxanne Figueroa Arrigiada (Ghent Student Union), Kristiaan Versluys (Ghent University)
Paper3 - A research and evaluation framework to monitor impacts of curriculum reform in Maynooth U by James Walsh (Maynooth University)
Paper 4 - Introducing a new national QA system in Sweden a discussion on opportunities and challenge by Bengt-Ove Boström (University of Gothenburg), Åsa Kettis (Uppsala University)
Paper 5 - Collaboration between student QA pools embedding improvement and enhancing quality of s in Austria, Germany and Switzerland by Thomas Bach, Katharina Mahrt (German Student Accreditation Pool), Melanie Gut (Swiss Students’ Union), Silke Kern (Austrian Students’ Union)
Paper6 - Research evaluation University of Graz - reality burden or future prospect? by Kathrin Maier, Andreas Raggautz, Wolfgang Weirer (University of Graz)
Paper 7 - Balancing autonomy and control in education policy and quality assurance at Ghent University, Belgium: applying the Self-Determination Theory by Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Emmelien Merchie, Kristiaan Versluys, Hilde Van Keer, Freddy Mortier (Ghent University)
Paper 8 - Development of teaching quality and teaching competences through a teaching portfolio by Gudrun Salmhofer, Lisa Scheer (University of Graz)
Paper9 - Quality hazards in the learning outcome model by Martin G. Erikson (University of Borås), Malgorzata Erikson (Gothenburg University)
Paper 10 - Student satisfaction surveys as a quality enhancement tool how many surveys and question? by Stephan Hamberg, Marie-Louise Damen (NOKUT), Harry P. Andreassen, Stine Grønvold (Hedmark University of Applied Sciences)
Perspectives on QA
Key considerations for cross-border quality assurance
Anna Gover, EUA
Paula Ranne, ENQA
Melinda Szabo, EQAR
Blazhe Todorovski, ESU
Alexandre Wipf, EURASHE
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Enhancing internal QA systems – lessons learnt from the EIQAS project
Izabela Kwiatkowska Sujka, Polish Accreditation Committee
Vanja Perovek, University of Ljubljana
Klemen Šubic, SQAA-NAKVIS
Hugo Soares, A3ES / New University of Lisbon
Perspectives on QA
Examining excellence in higher education
Ole-Jacob Skodvin, NOKUT
John Butler, Birmingham City University
Impact of context on internal QA globally
Michaela Martin, IIEP, UNESCO
Workshop 5 - A 360° stakeholder perspective in monitoring quality assurance in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences by Anne Magherman, Leen Aper, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Emmelien Merchie (Ghent University)
Workshop 6 - Good practice in internal quality assurance of joint programmes, based on the ESG by Annika Sundbäck-Lindroos (CIMO, Centre for International Cooperation), Axel Aerden (NVAO), Eija Kujanpää (Aalto University), Ana Godonoga (Erasmus Mundus Alumni Association)
Workshop 7 - Designing a Teaching Excellence Framework as a key component of an integrated quality assurance and enhancement system – what might be successful parameters? by Anca Greere (QAA)
Paper 11 - An exploration of the competency framework for external quality assurance practitioners by Huu Cuong Nguyen (University of New South Wales)
Paper 12- The impact of internal quality assurance on teaching and learning in academics percepti by Orlanda Tavares, Alberto Amaral (A3ES), Cristina Sin, Pedro Videira (CIPES)
Paper 13 - The soft side of quality positive effects of policy change in the Netherlands a case , a case study by Esther Jonker (Leiden University of Applied Sciences)
Paper 14 - The quality culture paradox and its implications is there a way out? by Vanja Perovšek (University of Ljubljana)
Paper 15 - Embedding Improvement through Student Engagement by Maeve O’Riordan (Maynooth University), David O’Sullivan (National University of Ireland Galway), Tom Collins (Dublin Institute of Technology), Karina McGuire (QQI)
Paper 16 - Monitoring education quality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by Taya Louise Owens (Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO)
Paper 17 - The relevance of international experts in capturing the national higher education contex by Goran Dakovic, Tia Loukkola (EUA)
Paper 18 - How to make quality assurance processes more meaningful to teaching staff a proposal by Martin Prchal (Royal Conservatoire, University of the Arts, The Hague, and MusiQuE – Music Quality Enhancement), Linda Messas (MusiQuE – Music Quality Enhancement and Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen)
Paper 19 - Quality assurance frameworks in context a diversified implementation of the ESG by Caty Duykaerts (AEQES), Geneviève Le Fort (AAQ), Julien Lecocq, François Pernot (HCERES), Julie Nolland (CTI)
Paper 20 - Developing engaging quality assurance policies a practice-based case study by Anniina Wikman (University College London
Paper 21 - Students creating change by Joseph Levell, Claire Thompson, Ruth Sayers, Jayne Mitchell (Bishop Grosseteste University)
Exploring the learning context
Denis Berthiaume, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
Juan Carlos Hernandez Buades, Chair, EQAF Steering Committee