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Project

Open QAsS

Framework

ERASMUS + Strategic Partnership 2014-2017 2014-1-HU01-KA202-002356

Objectives

One of the burning issues of today is how to improve the quality of learning/teaching in schools. A particular focus has been placed on European vocational educational (VET) schools and training centres as the current economical crisis is forcing them to provide immediate responses to the young and unemployed.

To help to overcome these challenges the implementation of EQAVET (European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training) highly recommends the spread of a quality culture in VET institutes, claimed as an essential condition for improvement The European report on the implementation of EQAVET reveals several difficulties (the lack of a quality culture, the reluctance of the staff, and the lack of human resources are commonly quoted) and states that improved methods and approaches are needed to speed up the process. These difficulties hinder the implementation of a Quality Assurance System (QAS) at all level of education.

Open QAsS project offers small but effective steps towards this need for overall improvement. The main concept behind the project vision is to utilise the practical potential of today’s networking technology in all areas of the implementation of the EQAVET Reference Framework principles, and so to make the resulting tools part of the daily practice of institutional Quality Assurance in our VET schools.

Workplan

Setting up a research plan to map out the state-of-the-art with respect to the implementation of EQAVET and of running quality assurance systems in European VET institutions

Identifying best practices of QAs in the European VET providers (IVET/CVET)

Setting up a research plan to map out the state-of-the-art with respect to the implementation of EQAVET and of running quality assurance systems in European VET institutions

Identifying best practices of QAs in the European VET providers (IVET/CVET)

Review of the existing ICT supported QA solutions

Online consultation with VET teachers and trainers

Development of the OpenQAsS Toolkit, an IT-based system to support Quality Assurance management in VET institutions

Development of a course for IQAM certification (Institutional Quality Assurance Manager)

Content development for an interactive QA Manual (English only)

Implementing and testing an interactive version of the QA Manual for online publication in four languages.

Expected results

  • - implementation of online for collaboration platform for the partnership
  • - online quality assessment platform for evaluation
  • - designing and publishing dissemination materials
  • - designing and elaborating quality management handbook
  • - designing and elaborating templates for documentation
  • - designing and elaborating templates and questionnaires for evaluation...

Partners

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA (Spain)
sgi@uah.es
www.uah.es
AICA
http://www.aicanet.it/
CAPDM Ltd, Education Studies in Edinburgh University, UK-United Kingdom
SZAMALK-Szalezi Post-Secondary Vocational School (Hungary)
www.szamalk-szki.hu
TREBAG VAGYON- ES PROJEKTMENEDZSER KFT (Hungar)
www.trebag.hu
ICS Skills (Ireland)
www.ics-skills.ie