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EUA Newsletter 20   28 November 2014

QA and the shift from teaching to learning discussed at 9th EQAF

The 9th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) took place from 13 to 15 November 2014 at the University of Barcelona, with over 450 participants in attendance.
EQAF 2014 Photo: © University of Barcelona 

Under the theme of ‘Changing education – QA and the shift from teaching to learning’, a range of trends and challenges were discussed, including the move towards student-centred learning; the importance of pedagogical training; opportunities and challenges created by technological advances, and the recognition of non-formal learning. Against this rapidly evolving backdrop, the Forum’s plenary sessions offered an opportunity for QA practitioners to reflect on the impact of these changes on QA and the role that it can play in meeting these challenges.

 

During paper sessions and workshops, concrete case studies and research results from a range of stakeholders were shared and explored. There were also opportunities for participants to learn more about the latest developments in European quality assurance policies, as well as to network with colleagues from across Europe.

 

Amongst the conclusions of the Forum was recognition of the need to take into account the different ways in which knowledge is transmitted, and the range of learning environments in which this takes place. The Forum also highlighted the need for stakeholders to work collaboratively to assure the quality of all forms of learning and to support both teachers and students in benefitting from the opportunities that arise.

 

Those who were not able to attend the Forum can watch the recording of the first two plenary sessions, which are available online here. Presentations and papers from the Forum are also available on the EQAF website.

 

EQAF is organised by the E4 Group, consisting of EUA, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European Students' Union (ESU) and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE). Next year’s event, the 10th EQAF, will take place from 19 to 21 November 2015 in London. It will be hosted by the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and the Institute of Education.

 

Photo: © University of Barcelona

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