Work-based Assessment – 2020 and beyond ….
In 2020, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (the Forum) embarked on a joint initiative focusing on raising awareness, starting conversations and highlighting the issues and challenges being encountered by providers and learners in work-based assessment, posing some key questions.
A 2020 programme of three events: two webinars hosted by the National Forum followed by a national symposium hosted by QQI, have now taken place.
The two webinars hosted by the National Forum in June and October, can be found here and here.
The inaugural National Symposium on Work-based Assessment took place on November 19th, 2020.
There was enormous interest in the Symposium across the post-secondary education sectors, reflected in the registration of over 300 people. The feedback on the event was very positive and generated a good deal of new thinking. We hope to build on this in ongoing collaboration with our stakeholders regarding further plans and development on work-based learning, teaching and assessment in 2021.
You can find the programme for the National Symposium here, and the recording of the whole event here.
National Academic Integrity Week - Various Events
Monday 19 to Friday 23 October 2020
Ireland’s inaugural National Academic Integrity Week took place from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October 2020. This programme of 14 online events shared guidance and best practice in upholding and cultivating academic integrity, including issues arising from academic misconduct and cheating, showcasing the voices of teaching and learning practitioners, as well as those of students themselves.
View the full programme, recordings and reports here.
Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education
Webinar Series: Tuesday 13 October and Thursday 5 November
Almost every higher education institution believes in the importance of the recognition of prior learning for flexible learning, enhancing innovation, increasing connection with industry, and improving access for a more diverse learning cohort.
Under the banner of the RPL in Practice project, QQI, the Cork Institute of Technology, the Irish University Association and Mary Immaculate College, together with partners in Austria, Croatia and Iceland, are working to develop consistent approaches and methodologies to RPL practices.
'Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education', a series of webinars organised by EURASHE and the Swedish Council for Higher Education for October and November 2020, offered a platform to present on our project outcomes to date, as well as to develop further the discussion around the recognition of non-formal and informal learning throughout Europe.
The online event consisted of two webinars:
This series of webinars focussed on presenting the outcomes of the project and offering a platform to further develop the discussion around quality assured and consistent processes to recognise non-formal and informal learning throughout Europe.
Innovations and Strategies for Recognition of Prior Learning
Wednesday 14 October
On 14 October, CEDEFOP and the International Labour Organisation hosted a webinar examining RPL innovations and strategies 'in the fast-changing world of work'.
Drawing on practices from Europe, India, South Africa and Tanzania, a truly global perspective was brought to bear on challenges in the development, implementation and scalability of RPL practices.
Work-based Assessment Webinar - Exploring the Challenge of Consistency
Wednesday 14 October
Brought to you by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with QQI, this webinar explored what 'consistency' means in work-based assessment, how the causes of inconsistency may differ in varied contexts, and what steps the sector can take to address this topic going forward.
Full details of this series of events can be found here.
Early Learning and Care: Developing
Shareable National Curricula at NFQ Levels 5 & 6
Thursday 27 February 2020
Following the publication of the
new standard for Early Learning and Care Level 5 & 6, QQI, with the support
of DES and DCYA, hosted an event to bring together further education and
higher education providers of education and training in the Early Learning and
Care (ELC) sector.
The event took place on Thursday, 27 February in The Clock Tower, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.
The agenda for the day can be viewed here.
Presentations from the event are available below:
Exploring Models of Success: Professional Development of Higher Education, Further Education and Training, and English Language Education Staff
Thursday 13 February 2020
QQI hosted a one-day conference on Thursday 13th February 2020 to explore the importance of professional development of staff in improving the quality of teaching and learning, educational management and other areas.
The conference was aimed at policy-makers, academic management, front-line educators, support staff and quality assurance teams from across the higher education, further education and training and English Language Education sectors who wish to better understand the importance of personal professional development in a high-quality teaching and learning environment.
With speakers from a range of disciplines and sectors setting the agenda, and breakout sessions to share best practice, this conference showed how professional staff development can deliver real change for you, your team and your organisation.
Explore the final list of conference speakers, topics and breakout sessions in our event programme.
To view presentations from the event please click here.
common ground on professional accreditation and regulation
Wednesday 19th June 2019
event brought together professional bodies, higher education
institutions and other key stakeholders to consider common practice around
professional accreditation, quality assurance, regulation and other features of
the HE system.
At the event, we:
• launched our Professional Body Landscape Report (QQI Insight - Accreditation/Approval of HEI programmes by Professional and Regulatory Bodies)
• mapped out an overview of the internal and external quality assurance
systems in place
• explored national tools for the recognition of
• considered best practice in accreditation process implementation (Review
teams and Panels - pilot projects)
Quality Assurance of Apprenticeship Programmes
Monday 8th April, The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Click here for more information.
Asia-Europe Forum on Quality and Recognition in Transnational Higher Education
QQI hosted an International Forum on quality and recognition in transnational higher education in Dublin on 18 December 2018. The International Forum was attended by over 100 representatives from Irish, European and Asian higher education institutions and agencies that are active or have an interest in transnational education provision between Europe and Asia. For more information,click here.
Cross-Border Quality Assurance Network in Higher Education in Asia and Europe (CBQAN) – 2nd General Assembly
QQI hosted the second General Assembly of the CBQAN network on 19 December 2018 in Dublin. CBQAN aims to improve the quality of cross-border education, to build communication and cooperation platforms for stakeholders of cross-border higher education quality assurance between Asia and Europe and to promote student and academic mobility. The meeting was attended by members of the CBQAN network. For more information click here.
Best Practice in Student-Centred Approaches in Education and Training Conference
On Tuesday 20 November QQI hosted a conference in partnership with HEA, ISSE, IUA, THEA and USI on ‘Best Practice in Student-Centred Approaches in Education and Training’ at the Printworks in Dublin Castle. For more information click here.
Let’s Talk About Assessment Exploring QQI’s Green Paper on Assessment in Higher Education - 12 November 2017
On Monday 12 November, QQI and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education jointly hosted an event bringing together representatives from the higher education and training sector, to discuss issues relating to the assessment of learners and learning. The keynote presentation was delivered by Professor Lambert Schuwirth, Director, Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education - Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health, Adelaide.
Let's Talk about Assessment Exploring QQI’s Green Paper on Assessment in Further Education and Training - 13 November 2017
QQI and the Education and Training Boards Ireland jointly hosted an event in the Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, which brought together representatives from the further education and training sector to discuss issues relating to the assessment of learners and learning. The keynote presentation, entitled Thinking Tools for Dissecting Tricky Assessment Issues, was delivered by Paul Newton, Chair of Research, The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.
Internationalisation - a driver of quality in Irish Higher Education - 11 December 2017
QQI held its third annual quality enhancement conference
for the higher education sector jointly with the Higher Education
Authority (HEA) in December 2017 at the Printworks, Dublin
In a joint statement QQI and HEA outlined that Ireland
has the ability to become a global hub for learning and research and that the
country should be ambitious in seeking to attract the brightest talent
from all over the world to study in Ireland.
The conference featured keynote addresses from
international and national speakers and showcased a number of national
initiatives in this area, through workshops and a poster session. Conference
delegates heard that over one in ten students in Irish institutions are from
overseas and that post-Brexit, Ireland will be in an even better place than now to
attract students, especially from Asia, who may wish to pursue their studies
and research in an English speaking institution.
The conference aimed to raise awareness of good practice
and encourage institutions to adopt a holistic approach to
internationalisation. The audience consisted of academics, students, government
departments and agencies and interested stakeholders.
Presentations from the
day can be viewed here.
English Language Education (ELE) Quality Enhancement Event - 22 November 2017
This is our second national English language conference, it focusses on fostering and supporting improvement and enhancement of quality ELE practice and the role of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). The theme for the 2017 event is Management of English Language Education (assessment, teaching and learning), the programme is available from this link.
Collaborative Provision in HE in Europe (QQI/ QAA) - 7 November 2017
QQI hosted a joint conference with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on the most recent evaluation of transnational provision between the UK and Ireland and collaborative provision around Europe, the EHEA in general.
The conference considered the broader framework (policy, agency involvement, national initiatives) for collaborative provision, with specific case studies from Ireland Spain, Austria and Germany. The Great Hall at Queen’s University provided a forum for discussion and an opportunity to seek clarity around some of the expectations and requirements of the countries involved in terms of collaborative transnational provision.
A brief overview of the conference, together with presentations and key messages from the event can be accessed here
Rethinking the Role of Qualifications – the Digitalisation Agenda - 24 October 2017
Creativity, entrepreneurship, learning-to-learn, digital competence and other skills and competences are emerging as more and more important for innovation, growth and participation in a digital society and economy. Quality and Qualifications Ireland is bringing together experts and an audience of enterprise, educationalists and policy-makers to consider how these new skills and competences can and should be defined, described, taught, acquired and recognised.
IQAVET Dissemination Seminar - March
IQAVET is the Irish National Reference Point for EQAVET, a European wide network to promote quality assurance in vocational education and training. The fourth IQAVET Network seminar took place in the Marker Hotel in Dublin on 8 March. Click here to find out more about this event.
Further Education Enhancement Seminar - April
QQI, in association with ETBI, hosted an enhancement seminar for the Education and Training Boards in April 2016to coincide with the introduction of the work QQI is doing with the ETBs on QA guidelines, validation policy and future institutional-level review. Click here for more information.
Pursuing Excellence in English Language Education - November
The inaugural QQI English Language Education Conference was designed to focus on fostering and supporting improvement and enhancement of quality ELE practiceand to stimulate interaction and sharing of ideas and practices across this diverse and dynamic sector nationally. Click here for more information.
Growing your vision for Higher Education - December
This seminar, was the second in our enhancement seminar series on sharing smart approaches between institutions. National and international speakers presented their experiences, leadership and institutional perspectives on the theme of ‘Using Data for Enhancement Purposes’ to over 200 delegates at Dublin Castle. Click here for more information.
Growing your vision for Higher Education - May
This seminar, the first in our enhancement seminars for higher education, explored the theme of Sharing smart approaches to optimising quality. Click here to view the presentations and seminar report.