MOOCs and External Quality Assurance, held in The Hague, 10-11 December 2013
MOOCs and External Quality Assurance
On Wednesday 11th December 2013 NVAO and the European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education (ECA) are organising again a winter seminar in The Hague. This year’s theme of the seminar is MOOCs and External Quality Assurance.
NVAO offices, Parkstraat 28, The Hague, The Netherlands (travel guide).
Please fill in the online registration form.
Tuesday 10 December 2013
11.00 – 13.00 ECA Management Group
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 17.30 ECA Working Groups meetings :
- Working group 1 “Mutual recognition and joint programmes”
- Working group 2 “Internationalisation of accreditation and QA”
- Working group 3 “Qrossroads and information strategies”
- Working group 4 “Mutual learning and best practices”
19.00 – 22.00 ECA dinner
Wednesday 11 December 2013
09.00 – 12.00 ECA Business meeting (Preparations for legal entity)
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
ECA-NVAO Seminar on MOOCs and External Quality Assurance
Chair: Lucien Bollaert, Executive Board member of NVAO
13.00 – Welcome and introduction by Anne Flierman, Chair of NVAO
13.10 – ‘MOOCs: a paradigm shift in learning and quality assurance?’ by Sir John Daniel, former President & CEO of Commonwealth of Learning and Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic, consultant of Commonwealth of Learning
14.00 – ‘MOOCs and internal quality assurance’ by Timo Kos, Director of Education and Student Affairs, Delft University of Technology and Nellie van de Griend, Delft University of Technology
14.45 – Break
Chair: Rolf Heusser, Chair of ECA
15.15 – ‘MOOCs and the consequences for external quality assurance’ by Stephen Jackson, Director of Reviews, QAA UK
16.00 – Conclusions by Rolf Heusser and Ann Demeulemeester, Vice Chair of NVAO
16.15 – Reception
NVAO was one of the founding members of ECA. In the founding treaty NVAO got the task to communicate and coordinate with other countries.
NVAO and ECA
NVAO was one of the founding members of ECA. In the founding treaty NVAO got the task to communicate and coordinate with other countries. According to NVAO an organisation like ECA would provide a better insight into alternative ways of accreditation, supervision and external quality assurance. Of course, co-operation within ECA enhances the legitimacy of the Dutch and Flemish accreditation systems. Furthermore, the international recognition of the Dutch and Flemish accreditation systems would also lead to a strengthening of the international position of the higher education systems in both countries.
Mutual recognition of accreditation decisions should lead to less cross-border checks and bureaucracy; it therefore gives the institutions a better position to realise their international ambitions.
More about NVAO
Although the governments of the Netherlands and Flanders fund NVAO the organisation is totally independent in procedures, methodologies and decision-making. NVAO is responsible for an area where 22 million people live. There are over 150 higher education institutions where almost one million students are enrolled.The quality assurance system before the Bologna Declaration was signed in 1999 had a focus on programmes and was essentially an external assessment of a programme by an assessment panel (of peers). After the Bologna Declaration was signed the governements of the Netherlands and Flanders wished to increase the international transparency of its higher education. Furthermore, in the context of the new European bachelor and master qualifications a need arose to benchmark these new bachelor and master degrees.
The Netherlands and Flanders are among the most open economies in the world and in the light of the internationalisation of the labour market, the governments also wanted to internationally guarantee the quality of its higher education.
The Netherlands and Flanders therefore introduced programme accreditation and made accreditation a precondition for public funding, for the right to award officially recognised qualifications (diplomas) and for granting study finance to students (eg. grants, social services). In addition to programme accreditation, institional audits were recently introduced.
Apart from its role as an accredition organisation, the NVAO plays a proactive role in higher education issues and policies. In the international arena, the NVAO sees itself as an active member of its ‘umbrella’ organisations: globally (INQAAHE), regionally (ENQA) and topically (ECA).