EIF2013 Keynotes confirmed, a short guided tour!

EIF2013-keynotesSir John Daniel, Commonwealth of Learning & Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić, UNESCO “Refocussing Quality in eLearning”

During the opening keynote session of this year’s EFQUEL Innovation Forum Sir John Daniel (Commonwealth of Learning) and Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić (UNESCO) will give a joint presentation on the theme “Refocussing Quality in eLearning”.  They will be surveying the online learning scene as it now is and situating the challenges of quality in eLearning in the context of quality in higher education. This presentation draws on the A Guide to Quality in Online Learning” (edited by Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić and Sir John Daniel) which will be published as an OER in both English and Chinese.

Sir John Daniel and Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić will present on Thursday the 26th of September in the morning at 10:45CET

Bio and information about the speakers available on this page on the EIF2013 website

Guy Haug: “Acknowledging the QA challenges of the future”

In his opening  keynote on the 26th of September, Guy Haug will address the challenges of QA for the future.   What is the orientation for the future? Which new and emerging fields and technologies are posing new challenges to quality development?  With a new wave of e-learning emerging through new and fascinating developments like Open educational resources, MOOCs and social media in learning and a decade of intense development of quality criteria, methods and management approaches it is time to tackle the challenges…

Guy Haug was centrally involved in 1998-2001 in initiating and shaping the Bologna Process, which aims to foster coherence in degree, credit and QA systems throughout Europe. Between 2001-2006, he worked for the EU Commission where he was in charge of major policy documents aimed at setting a European agenda for change/modernisation in higher education and research.

Guy Haugh will present on Thursday the 26th of September in the morning at 10:00CET

More about Guy Haug on this page on the EIF2013 website

Josep Grifoll “Looking for an effective and efficient external Quality Assurance scheme for e-learning”

E-learning and external quality assurance for Higher Education, are two areas highly influenced by some of the most relevant values of modern societies. Both sectors deal with the issues of trust, equity, fairness, excellence, innovation, diversity, reputation, autonomy or transparency; and all those values are contextualised by a technological landscape that makes easier and cheaper to get access to the knowledge.

Any external quality assurance proposal for e-learning should consider a dialogue with all those values; but in any case there is a previous step to be taken, and this requires a clear definition of what e-learning is, as a process and as a product. An observation of the current European scenario shows an enormous diversity in the position and purpose of e-learning provision. This is probably one of the current obstacles for a higher development of an external quality assurance system in the sector.

The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area are for enhancement, and this can be easily managed in the context of e-learning. Nevertheless the European Standards are also for accountability and recognition. This second area is the one requiring consistent European political goals for the forthcoming years. This is the real key issue in the way to look for an effective and an efficient external quality assurance system at the European level.

Josep Grifoll will present on Thursday the 26th of September in the afternoon at 18:00CET

More about Josep Grifoll on this page on the EIF2013 website

Jon File (CHEPS / University of Twente) “U-Multirank, a new multidimensional, user-driven approach to international ranking of higher education institutions”

The rise of university ranking systems has engendered status anxiety among many institutions, and created a “reputation race” in which they strive to place higher up the university charts year on year. Concerns have been aired that this is leading to an homogenization of the university sector, as aspiring institutions imitate the model of more successful research-intensive institutions. And while the ranking scores do capture an important aspect of each university’s overall quality, they don’t speak to a diverse range of other issues, such as student satisfaction within these institutions. 

U-Multirank is a new multidimensional, user-driven approach to international ranking of higher education institutions. The dimensions it includes are teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. Based on empirical data U-Multirank will compare institutions with similar institutional profiles and allow users to develop personalised rankings by selecting indicators in terms of their own preferences.

Jon File will present on Friday the 27th of September in the morning at 9:10CET.