On 15-17 November 2018, the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and AQ Austria (Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria) hosted the 13th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) under the motto “Broadening the scope of QA”.
This annual event organised by the E4-group (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE) aims to provide a platform for discussion between quality assurance agencies, Higher Education institutions, and other main stakeholders in quality assurance (QA). This space for discussion is achieved by means of different paper sessions and workshops on the current developments in QA.
The first plenary session on the morning of Friday 16 aimed to discuss how quality assurance agencies and institutions can adopt an approach to their QA that takes into account the range of institutional activities. In order to have a general picture on this topic and to start the discussion, a question was launched to the audience: Which fields will develop into QA standards in future? The results of the poll showed that at present time, ‘E-learning’ is a relevant topic for the sector (see picture below).
Results from the EQAF 2018 poll / © Adam Gajek
According to these results, it is more than obvious that online education is growing in popularity and, hence, the assessment of this provision must be brought to the same level. AQU Catalunya and ENQA submitted a paper to the forum entitled “Enhancement of quality assurance of e-assessment”, based on the outcomes achieved by the application of an assessment methodology in the seven European universities that piloted the TeSLA system between 2016 and 2018.
The paper was presented by Esther Huertas and Roger Roca (AQU Catalunya) in a parallel plenary session that attracted the attention of many participants in the forum interested in the role that QA is playing in overcoming the current gap in e-assessment, improving the academic integrity and building trust in online teaching and learning process. After introducing the main features of the TeSLA project, the methodology used in the QA evaluation of pilots and the preliminary results obtained from those evaluations, the session demonstrated that QA and the TeSLA project are developing new perspectives to ensure confidence in e-learning and e-assessment.
Esther Huertas during her presentation / © Pascal Riesinger/PhotoArt
The full paper can be downloaded from the following link:
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