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, including representatives of EUREQA project partners. Under the theme of ‘Changing education – QA and the shift from teaching to learning’, a range of trends and challenges were discussed during the Forum, 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 papers 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.
During the Forum, EUREQA partners also attended a project meeting to discuss upcoming project activities. The meeting also provided an opportunity for Western Balkan partners to meet their mentors from EU partners and talk about QA developments within their own institutions.
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.
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