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EMMC: Course quality assurance and evaluation

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Presentation by Frank Molkenthin from Technical University Cottbus. Presentation was held at the EMAP training seminar in Ljubljana for future Erasmus Mundus Master Courses consortia (1-4 February 2012). For video see http://vimeo.com/37369318.

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EMMC: Course quality assurance and evaluation

  1. 1. EUROAQUAE Erasmus Mundus MSc Course: EuroAquae Hydro-Informatics and Water Management by Frank Molkenthin Course Director at BTU Cottbus, Germany02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 1
  2. 2. EUROAQUAEQuality Assurance and Evaluation Outline • Hydroinformatics – brief description • EuroAquae Erasmus Mundus Master course programme • QA-Concept and Activities • Conclusion • Questions ?02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 2
  3. 3. EUROAQUAEPart 1 Education, Research and Profession in Hydroinformatics02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 3
  4. 4. EUROAQUAEHydroinformatics A basic discipline of hydroengineering: Hydroinformatics deals with the beneficial application of information and communication technology (ICT) to support the sustainable development and management of the aquatic environment. In its core Hydroinformatics concerns the modelling of water related information contained or generated by simulation of physical and environmental processes of nature as well as by processes of engineering work in consultancy and administration.02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 4
  5. 5. EUROAQUAEHydroinformatics02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 5
  6. 6. EUROAQUAEHydroinformatics02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 6
  7. 7. EUROAQUAEExample: Flood Management02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 7
  8. 8. EUROAQUAEHydroinformatics Examples: Application Domains • river engineering and management • climate change impacts on watersheds • coastal engineering • urban water supply and water treatments • storm water management • irrigation and drainage • groundwater management, …02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 8
  9. 9. EUROAQUAEPart 2 Master Course Programme EuroAquae02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 9
  10. 10. EUROAQUAEEuroAquae: EMMC History of EuroAquae • European Thematic Network "ETNET-WATER” (1996-2003) • Erasmus Mundus I application in 2004 • selected in 2004 and starting in Sep 2004 • Erasmus Mundus II application in 2009 • selected in 2009 for 2009 - 2013 • in Sep 2012 generation 9 will start02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 10
  11. 11. EUROAQUAEEuroAquae: Core Partner Joint Degree by five European universities02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 11
  12. 12. EUROAQUAE02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 12
  13. 13. EUROAQUAEThird Country Universities • Universidad Nacional del Litoral (AR) • ETH Zürich (CH) • EPFL Lausanne (CH) • Indian Institute of Techn. Madras (IND) • National University of Singapore (SIN) • University of Incheon (KR)02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 13
  14. 14. EUROAQUAEAssociated Members • World Meteorological • Halcrow Group Ltd Organization - WMO • Amga Foundation • Suez Environment • Iride Aqua Gas • Lyonnaise des Eaux • Danish Hydraulics Institute • Centre Int. de Recherche • Sociedad General de Aguas Sur l’Eau&l’Environnement de Barcelona • Veolia Environment • CETaqua • Electricité de France • Kisters France • SOGREAH • DHI Eau & Environment • Capita Symonds • … • HR Wallingford • Wallingford Software Ltd.02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 14
  15. 15. EUROAQUAEStructure of the Programme02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 15
  16. 16. EUROAQUAEAdd-On Activities Synergy Effects • EMJD – in preparation (2011: category C) • HydroAsia, HydroLatinAmerica, HydroRussia, HydroIndia • EuroKorea Hydroinformatics • EU projects: Corfu, eLeanor • EAAA: EuroAquae Alumni Association02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 16
  17. 17. EUROAQUAE02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 17
  18. 18. EUROAQUAECourse Components Evaluation Items • semester 1, 2, 3 and 4 • joint courses (HydroWeb, HydroEurope) • student mobility • teacher mobility • interaction with profession and research • success of alumnis on the “market”02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 18
  19. 19. EUROAQUAEPart 3 EuroAquae Quality Assurance and Evaluation02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 19
  20. 20. EUROAQUAETerms used in EuroAquae Quality Assurance • systematic monitoring and check of the functioning of the programme (process quality control) Quality Evaluation • systematic monitoring and check of the outcome of the programme (product quality control)02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 20
  21. 21. EUROAQUAEQuality Assurance & Evaluation Implementation Levels • local level (university) • national level (accreditation agencies) • European level (EMQA, ENQA, TEEP) • internal level (EuroAquae)02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 21
  22. 22. EUROAQUAEQuality Assurance & Evaluation Concept and Contractual Base • Memorandum of Agreement (2004, 2009) • two external experts for QA Jean Cunge (professional) Andre Van der Beken (academic) • QA-Handbook (2004, 2006, 2011) approved by Management Board02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 22
  23. 23. EUROAQUAEQuality Assurance & Evaluation Internal Implementation • The aims of the internal evaluation are the general quality assessment and the measurement of the degree of satisfaction by all stakeholders of EuroAquae. In particular, QA will be directed towards the evaluation of the quality of the programme of EuroAquae as “excellence” and the quality as the fulfillment of the “expectations” of the stakeholders. (reference: QA-Handbook EuroAquae)02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 23
  24. 24. EUROAQUAEQA Handbook Structure • Introduction • Procedures • Calendar • Stakeholders • Questionnaires02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 24
  25. 25. EUROAQUAEQA Handbook Stakeholders • Students (S) • Teaching Staff (T) • Academic Tutors (AT) • Institutional Tutors (IT) • the Contractors (C) - the partner universities • the End-Users (E) - present and potential future employers of the students and other Academia02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 25
  26. 26. EUROAQUAEFourfold Scheme • SCHEME A (expectations, preconditions, environment) evaluation by the stakeholders S, T & C through a self-assessment procedure • ‰ SCHEME B(marketing, regulations) evaluation by the external experts (EE) of the published information about the programme • ‰ SCHEME C (semester 1-4) evaluation by the EE through formal questionnaires to stakeholders S, T , AT and IT • ‰ SCHEME D(outcome) evaluation of adequacy between the course and the demands, both professional and academic end-users E02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 26
  27. 27. EUROAQUAE02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 27
  28. 28. EUROAQUAEExample Questionnaire02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 28
  29. 29. EUROAQUAEQA - Outcome Annual Reports • Example 2008 • positive aspects • main deficiencies02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 29
  30. 30. EUROAQUAEQA - Outcome Actions due to QA results • several local improvements • preparation material for beginners “EA-package” • improvement in administrative coordination among universities • harmonisation of course content • updating of the QA process itself • …02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 30
  31. 31. EUROAQUAEQuality Improvement Activities Harmonization of Semester 1 • specification of course content • teacher meeting • preconditions for semester 2 & 3 • comparison of lecture notes • MockUp test begin of semester 2 and 302.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 31
  32. 32. EUROAQUAEQuality Improvement Activities Harmonization of Semester 102.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 32
  33. 33. EUROAQUAEQuality Improvement Activities Updating of the QA process (2011) • repetition of questionnaires • established structured and procedures02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 33
  34. 34. EUROAQUAEQuality Evaluation EuroAquae – Outcome • EAAA (EuroAquae Alumni Association) • associated members • semester 4 master thesis in research and practise • number of PhD students and PhD degrees • professional career of alumni’s • EuroAquae networking02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 34
  35. 35. EUROAQUAEQuality Assurance & Evaluation Side Effects, Informal Indicators of Quality • social networks –> corporate identity EuroAquae • Add-on activities extension and export of ideas -> good practise example • number of applications for scholarships • number of students without scholarship • …02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 35
  36. 36. EUROAQUAEQuality Assurance & Evaluation EuroAquae – European Level • EMQA (http://www.emqa.eu), 2009 Erasmus Mundus Quality Assurance for International Higher Educations Courses (21 EM courses in 2008, 2009 and 2010) Handbooks, Examples for Good Practise • Quality of Teaching and Learning (QATL) • Facilities, Logistics and Finance (FLAF) • Quality of Leadership across Institutions (QUIL) • Joined-up Practice and Integration (JUPI)02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 36
  37. 37. EUROAQUAEQuality Assurance & Evaluation EuroAquae – European Level • ENQA (http://www.enqa.eu) European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Members: national accreditation agencies • TEEP II (2005, 2006) Transnational European Evaluation Project II three course programmes -> EuroAquae02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 37
  38. 38. EUROAQUAEConclusion Personal Experiences -> QA is a on-going challenging process • updating by local, national changes Problems and Bottlenecks • duplication of questionnaires local, national, European, internal level • different generation of students fashions and trends • local boundary conditions (partner universities)02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 38
  39. 39. EUROAQUAEQA in EM Master Courses Conclusion • graphics is nice, but physics is wrong • requires high effort, but pays off • a never ending story02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 39
  40. 40. EUROAQUAE Questions ?02.02.2012 Quality assurance and evaluation FM 40

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