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! NEWSLETTER( OpenQAsS((
!
Published!by:!CNR,!Italy! 1.!ISSUE!! June!2015.!
Editor:!Giovanni!Fulantelli!! ! Copyright!©!OpenQAsS!Consortium!
!
This!project!has!been!funded!with!support!from!the!European!Commission.!
This!publication![communication]!reflects!the!views!only!of!the!author,!and!
the!Commission!cannot!be!held!responsible!for!any!use!which!may!be!made!
of!the!information!contained!therein.!
!
1!
!
Open!Source!Quality!Assurance!System!for!Vocational!
Education(
The! OpenQAsS! project! aims! to! develop! an! open! source! software! toolkit! for! supporting! the!
management!of!QA!systems!in!the!vocational!schools!and!training!providers.!The!main!goal!of!the!
first!working!phase!was!twofold:!to!create!a!solid!basis!for!the!development!of!Open!QAsS!Toolkit!
via!a!detailed!requirement!analysis;!to!produce!a!valuable!study!for!use!by!all!actors!in!vocational!
education,!systematically!revealing!both!the!problems!and!good!practice.!
In!order!to!analyse!the!stateTofTtheTart!of!the!implementation!of!Quality!Assurance!(QA)!systems!
in! European! VET! institutions,! partners! in! the! partner! countries! (UK,! Ireland,! Italy,! Spain! and!
Hungary)!have!carried!out!a!research!on!the!implementation!of!QA!systems!in!their!respective!
countries,!and!documented!their!results!in!national!reports.!
In!this!newsletter!we!summarize!the!conclusions!of!the!national!reports,!which!are!available!on!
the!project!portal.!
A!Quality!Assurance!culture!is!spreading!quickly!in!the!European!educational!systems,!driven!
partly! by! pressure! from! specific! and! recent! national! legislation.! In! most! of! the! investigated!
countries!legal!frameworks!concerning!QA!in!the!VET!system!have!been!released!in!2012!and!
2013.!Vocational!schools,!colleges,!VET!and!FET!providers!in!the!investigated!countries!operate!
certain! type! of! QA! practices,! and! in! some! cases! there! are! governmental! rules! for! them! to!
implement!QA!components;!these!rules!can!be!strict!or!more!flexible!(e.g.!Denmark);!furthermore,!
systematic!quality!controlling!practices!are!regulated!in!some!countries!or!in!some!educational!
sectors.(
However,!QA!practices,!levels!of!usage!QA!systems,!QA!criteria!and!indicators!highly!differ!across!
countries!as!well!as!administrative!regions!or!jurisdictions!!(e.g.!England,!North!Ireland,!Scotland,!
Wales!in!UK;!regions!and!autonomous!provinces!in!Italy;!autonomous!communities!in!Spain).!
They!can!also!depend!on!the!levels!of!education!and!on!the!legal!form!of!the!providers!(e.g.!school&
based+and+adult+education+is+regulated+separately+in+Hungary).!Finally,!responsibility!for!quality!
control! can! be! centralized! (e.g.! Scotland;! Denmark)! or! distributed! (in! most! of! the! countries,!
different!ministries!and!institutions!are!responsible!for!QA!in!different!sectors).!!
Nevertheless,!two!important!facts!emerge!from!the!national!reports:!
QA(systems(and(practices(share(common(elements!(a!sort!of!QA+Core,!including!accreditation;!
selfTassessment/evaluation;! assessment! of! the! quality! of! teachers’! work;! school! inspections).!
Convergence! between! different! systems! could! be! accelerated! by! the! implementation! of! the!
EQAVET!principles!and!components!in!the!national!QA!policies!in!the!member!states,!even!though!
many!states!are!starting!now.!!
There(is(little(evidence(of(an(IT(implementation(of(a(QA(system(in(any(member(state,(with(
only(few(exceptions.!
Some!statements!form!the!National!reports!clearly!point!out!this!matter:!
There+is+little+if+any+evidence+of+ICT+support+to+the+various+‘toolkits’+that+can+be+found.+Toolkits+tend+
to+be+in+the+form+of+forms+plus+guidance+[…]+OpenQAsS+has+therefore+started+at+a+good+time+for+the+
UK+as+a+whole,+but+for+Scotland+in+particular+[UK+Ntl.+report].!
+
!
! NEWSLETTER( OpenQAsS((
!
Published!by:!CNR,!Italy! 1.!ISSUE!! June!2015.!
Editor:!Giovanni!Fulantelli!! ! Copyright!©!OpenQAsS!Consortium!
!
This!project!has!been!funded!with!support!from!the!European!Commission.!
This!publication![communication]!reflects!the!views!only!of!the!author,!and!
the!Commission!cannot!be!held!responsible!for!any!use!which!may!be!made!
of!the!information!contained!therein.!
!
2!
+
The+two+systems+presented+above+….are+focusing+rather+on+administrative+issues,+than+on+operating+
QA+cycles+in+the+schools,+or+supporting+quality+culture+among+the+schools’+staff.+[...]+We+did+not+find+
any+ IT+ solution+ for+ supporting+ the+ operation+ of+ the+ institutional+ Quality+ Assurance+ System+ in+
Hungary,+what+we+intend+to+develop+in+the+frame+of+the+OpenQAsS+project+[HU+Ntl.+Report].+
Positive!insights!arrive!from!the!research!carried!out!by!the!experts!of!University!Alcala,!who!
created!a!lists!of!QA!applications!and!webTapplications,!and!from!the!experience!of!a!regional!
project!in!Italy.!As!a!results!we!could!select!three!solutions!developed!for!providing!IT!support!for!
managing! QA! systems! in! educational! institutes! (like! QualiteasyEdu! –! Agora!
(http://www.qualiteasy.com),!ISOTools,!ReQuS!T!Quality!Network!for!the!School!in!Lombardia.!
The!main!conclusions!for!the!next!working!phase!OpenQAsS!partners!agreed,!that!the!design!of!
the!OpenQasS!Toolkit!should!focus!on!the!common!components!of!QA!practices!and!systems!that!
have!been!depicted!in!each!National!report!(the!QA!core).!Specifically,!QA!indicators!defined!at!
national!level,!still!referenced!to!EQAVET,!should!be!used!as!a!primary!source!of!information!for!
the!OpenQasS!system;!similarly,!the!system!design!should!focus!on!some!core!functions!which!
reflect!the!typical!QA!practices!in!the!investigated!country,!as!reported!in!the!national!reports.!
Exemplary( ITCbased( solutions( should( be( used( as( inspiring( source.( The! above! listed!
application!include!functions!that!prove!to!be!extremely!effective!to!support!QA!practices!in!VET!
schools!and!providers1.!As!a!part!of!the!system!design,!the!experts!will!carry!out!deeper!analysis!
of!the!functionalities!and!services!of!the!selected!applications!listed!above.!
!
!
During!the!next!month!the!Consortium!prepare!the!program!for!consultation!of!the!VET!teachers!
as!a!part!of!the!first!steps!of!system!design,!the!user!centred!requirement!analysis.!
Giovanni!Fulantelli!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!
! NEWSLETTER( OpenQAsS((
!
Published!by:!CNR,!Italy! 1.!ISSUE!! June!2015.!
Editor:!Giovanni!Fulantelli!! ! Copyright!©!OpenQAsS!Consortium!
!
This!project!has!been!funded!with!support!from!the!European!Commission.!
This!publication![communication]!reflects!the!views!only!of!the!author,!and!
the!Commission!cannot!be!held!responsible!for!any!use!which!may!be!made!
of!the!information!contained!therein.!
!
3!
Project(
(
The!OpenQAsS!project!vision!is!to!utilise!the!
potential! of! today’s! networking! technology!
in! all! areas! of! the! implementation! of! the!
EQAVET! Reference! Framework! principles,!
and!so!make!the!resulting!tools!part!of!the!
daily! practice! of! institutional! Quality!
Assurance!in!our!VET!schools.!
Target(groups(
•! Teachers! and! headmasters! of! VET!
schools;! managers! and! trainers! of! VET!
provider!companies;!
•! VET!schools!and!VET!providers;!
•! Researchers!working!in!the!field!of!the!
vocational!education;!
•! Software! developers! joining! the!
OpenQAsS.org!community.!
Objectives(
•! To! improve! the! culture! of! quality!
assurance! by! involvement! of! VET!
teachers! and! trainers! into! online!
consultation!in!the!partner!countries;!
•! To!develop!Open!Source!Software!toolkit!
(Open!QAsS)!to!promote!and!facilitate!QA!
management! in! VET! schools! and! adult!
educational!VET!providers;!
•! To! develop! a! certificate! –! Institutional!
Quality! Manager! (IQAM)! –! for! VET!
teachers! and! trainers! who! take!
responsibility! for! quality! management!
tasks!in!institutions.!
(
Programme:!Erasmus+,!Strategic!
Partnership,!Vocational!Education!and!
Training!
Participating(countries:!Hungary,!Spain,!
Italy,!United!Kingdom,!Ireland!
Project(duration:!Sept.!2014!–!Aug.!2017!
Project(ID:(2014T1THU01TKA242T002356!
!
Project(website:!
http://openqass.itstudy.hu/en!!
Coordinator:!iTStudy!Hungary!Ltd.!
Contact:!Mária!Hartyányi.!Email:!
maria.hartyanyi@itstudy.hu!
Partners(
iTStudy!Hungary!Educational!and!Research!
Centre!for!ICT!T!Hungary!!!
Universidad!de!Alcala!T!Spain!!
AICA,!Associazione!Italiana!per!l'Informatica!e!
il!Calcolo!Automatico!T!Italy!!
CAPDM!Ltd.!T!UnitedTKingdom!!
!
SZÁMALK!Szalézi!Vocational!High!School!T!
Hungary!!
National!Research!Council!Institute!T!Italy!!!!!!!!!
TREBAG!Ltd.!T!Hungary!!
ICSTSKILLS!Certification!Body!Of!The!Irish!
Computer!Society!T!Ireland!
!

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Openqass newsletter 1. issue

  • 1. ! ! NEWSLETTER( OpenQAsS(( ! Published!by:!CNR,!Italy! 1.!ISSUE!! June!2015.! Editor:!Giovanni!Fulantelli!! ! Copyright!©!OpenQAsS!Consortium! ! This!project!has!been!funded!with!support!from!the!European!Commission.! This!publication![communication]!reflects!the!views!only!of!the!author,!and! the!Commission!cannot!be!held!responsible!for!any!use!which!may!be!made! of!the!information!contained!therein.! ! 1! ! Open!Source!Quality!Assurance!System!for!Vocational! Education( The! OpenQAsS! project! aims! to! develop! an! open! source! software! toolkit! for! supporting! the! management!of!QA!systems!in!the!vocational!schools!and!training!providers.!The!main!goal!of!the! first!working!phase!was!twofold:!to!create!a!solid!basis!for!the!development!of!Open!QAsS!Toolkit! via!a!detailed!requirement!analysis;!to!produce!a!valuable!study!for!use!by!all!actors!in!vocational! education,!systematically!revealing!both!the!problems!and!good!practice.! In!order!to!analyse!the!stateTofTtheTart!of!the!implementation!of!Quality!Assurance!(QA)!systems! in! European! VET! institutions,! partners! in! the! partner! countries! (UK,! Ireland,! Italy,! Spain! and! Hungary)!have!carried!out!a!research!on!the!implementation!of!QA!systems!in!their!respective! countries,!and!documented!their!results!in!national!reports.! In!this!newsletter!we!summarize!the!conclusions!of!the!national!reports,!which!are!available!on! the!project!portal.! A!Quality!Assurance!culture!is!spreading!quickly!in!the!European!educational!systems,!driven! partly! by! pressure! from! specific! and! recent! national! legislation.! In! most! of! the! investigated! countries!legal!frameworks!concerning!QA!in!the!VET!system!have!been!released!in!2012!and! 2013.!Vocational!schools,!colleges,!VET!and!FET!providers!in!the!investigated!countries!operate! certain! type! of! QA! practices,! and! in! some! cases! there! are! governmental! rules! for! them! to! implement!QA!components;!these!rules!can!be!strict!or!more!flexible!(e.g.!Denmark);!furthermore,! systematic!quality!controlling!practices!are!regulated!in!some!countries!or!in!some!educational! sectors.( However,!QA!practices,!levels!of!usage!QA!systems,!QA!criteria!and!indicators!highly!differ!across! countries!as!well!as!administrative!regions!or!jurisdictions!!(e.g.!England,!North!Ireland,!Scotland,! Wales!in!UK;!regions!and!autonomous!provinces!in!Italy;!autonomous!communities!in!Spain).! They!can!also!depend!on!the!levels!of!education!and!on!the!legal!form!of!the!providers!(e.g.!school& based+and+adult+education+is+regulated+separately+in+Hungary).!Finally,!responsibility!for!quality! control! can! be! centralized! (e.g.! Scotland;! Denmark)! or! distributed! (in! most! of! the! countries,! different!ministries!and!institutions!are!responsible!for!QA!in!different!sectors).!! Nevertheless,!two!important!facts!emerge!from!the!national!reports:! QA(systems(and(practices(share(common(elements!(a!sort!of!QA+Core,!including!accreditation;! selfTassessment/evaluation;! assessment! of! the! quality! of! teachers’! work;! school! inspections).! Convergence! between! different! systems! could! be! accelerated! by! the! implementation! of! the! EQAVET!principles!and!components!in!the!national!QA!policies!in!the!member!states,!even!though! many!states!are!starting!now.!! There(is(little(evidence(of(an(IT(implementation(of(a(QA(system(in(any(member(state,(with( only(few(exceptions.! Some!statements!form!the!National!reports!clearly!point!out!this!matter:! There+is+little+if+any+evidence+of+ICT+support+to+the+various+‘toolkits’+that+can+be+found.+Toolkits+tend+ to+be+in+the+form+of+forms+plus+guidance+[…]+OpenQAsS+has+therefore+started+at+a+good+time+for+the+ UK+as+a+whole,+but+for+Scotland+in+particular+[UK+Ntl.+report].! +
  • 2. ! ! NEWSLETTER( OpenQAsS(( ! Published!by:!CNR,!Italy! 1.!ISSUE!! June!2015.! Editor:!Giovanni!Fulantelli!! ! Copyright!©!OpenQAsS!Consortium! ! This!project!has!been!funded!with!support!from!the!European!Commission.! This!publication![communication]!reflects!the!views!only!of!the!author,!and! the!Commission!cannot!be!held!responsible!for!any!use!which!may!be!made! of!the!information!contained!therein.! ! 2! + The+two+systems+presented+above+….are+focusing+rather+on+administrative+issues,+than+on+operating+ QA+cycles+in+the+schools,+or+supporting+quality+culture+among+the+schools’+staff.+[...]+We+did+not+find+ any+ IT+ solution+ for+ supporting+ the+ operation+ of+ the+ institutional+ Quality+ Assurance+ System+ in+ Hungary,+what+we+intend+to+develop+in+the+frame+of+the+OpenQAsS+project+[HU+Ntl.+Report].+ Positive!insights!arrive!from!the!research!carried!out!by!the!experts!of!University!Alcala,!who! created!a!lists!of!QA!applications!and!webTapplications,!and!from!the!experience!of!a!regional! project!in!Italy.!As!a!results!we!could!select!three!solutions!developed!for!providing!IT!support!for! managing! QA! systems! in! educational! institutes! (like! QualiteasyEdu! –! Agora! (http://www.qualiteasy.com),!ISOTools,!ReQuS!T!Quality!Network!for!the!School!in!Lombardia.! The!main!conclusions!for!the!next!working!phase!OpenQAsS!partners!agreed,!that!the!design!of! the!OpenQasS!Toolkit!should!focus!on!the!common!components!of!QA!practices!and!systems!that! have!been!depicted!in!each!National!report!(the!QA!core).!Specifically,!QA!indicators!defined!at! national!level,!still!referenced!to!EQAVET,!should!be!used!as!a!primary!source!of!information!for! the!OpenQasS!system;!similarly,!the!system!design!should!focus!on!some!core!functions!which! reflect!the!typical!QA!practices!in!the!investigated!country,!as!reported!in!the!national!reports.! Exemplary( ITCbased( solutions( should( be( used( as( inspiring( source.( The! above! listed! application!include!functions!that!prove!to!be!extremely!effective!to!support!QA!practices!in!VET! schools!and!providers1.!As!a!part!of!the!system!design,!the!experts!will!carry!out!deeper!analysis! of!the!functionalities!and!services!of!the!selected!applications!listed!above.! ! ! During!the!next!month!the!Consortium!prepare!the!program!for!consultation!of!the!VET!teachers! as!a!part!of!the!first!steps!of!system!design,!the!user!centred!requirement!analysis.! Giovanni!Fulantelli!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 3. ! ! NEWSLETTER( OpenQAsS(( ! Published!by:!CNR,!Italy! 1.!ISSUE!! June!2015.! Editor:!Giovanni!Fulantelli!! ! Copyright!©!OpenQAsS!Consortium! ! This!project!has!been!funded!with!support!from!the!European!Commission.! This!publication![communication]!reflects!the!views!only!of!the!author,!and! the!Commission!cannot!be!held!responsible!for!any!use!which!may!be!made! of!the!information!contained!therein.! ! 3! Project( ( The!OpenQAsS!project!vision!is!to!utilise!the! potential! of! today’s! networking! technology! in! all! areas! of! the! implementation! of! the! EQAVET! Reference! Framework! principles,! and!so!make!the!resulting!tools!part!of!the! daily! practice! of! institutional! Quality! Assurance!in!our!VET!schools.! Target(groups( •! Teachers! and! headmasters! of! VET! schools;! managers! and! trainers! of! VET! provider!companies;! •! VET!schools!and!VET!providers;! •! Researchers!working!in!the!field!of!the! vocational!education;! •! Software! developers! joining! the! OpenQAsS.org!community.! Objectives( •! To! improve! the! culture! of! quality! assurance! by! involvement! of! VET! teachers! and! trainers! into! online! consultation!in!the!partner!countries;! •! To!develop!Open!Source!Software!toolkit! (Open!QAsS)!to!promote!and!facilitate!QA! management! in! VET! schools! and! adult! educational!VET!providers;! •! To! develop! a! certificate! –! Institutional! Quality! Manager! (IQAM)! –! for! VET! teachers! and! trainers! who! take! responsibility! for! quality! management! tasks!in!institutions.! ( Programme:!Erasmus+,!Strategic! Partnership,!Vocational!Education!and! Training! Participating(countries:!Hungary,!Spain,! Italy,!United!Kingdom,!Ireland! Project(duration:!Sept.!2014!–!Aug.!2017! Project(ID:(2014T1THU01TKA242T002356! ! Project(website:! http://openqass.itstudy.hu/en!! Coordinator:!iTStudy!Hungary!Ltd.! Contact:!Mária!Hartyányi.!Email:! maria.hartyanyi@itstudy.hu! Partners( iTStudy!Hungary!Educational!and!Research! Centre!for!ICT!T!Hungary!!! Universidad!de!Alcala!T!Spain!! AICA,!Associazione!Italiana!per!l'Informatica!e! il!Calcolo!Automatico!T!Italy!! CAPDM!Ltd.!T!UnitedTKingdom!! ! SZÁMALK!Szalézi!Vocational!High!School!T! Hungary!! National!Research!Council!Institute!T!Italy!!!!!!!!! TREBAG!Ltd.!T!Hungary!! ICSTSKILLS!Certification!Body!Of!The!Irish! Computer!Society!T!Ireland! !