Cross-National Academic Perspectives
Chapter 7: Ensuring the Quality of Teaching and Learningin the Higher Education Modernisation Agenda. Andrzej Kraśniewski
Chapter 7 Ensuring the Quality of Teaching and Learning in the Higher Education Modernisation Agenda Andrzej Kraśniewski 1. Introduction Quality in higher education is a very wide topic. In this chapter, we focus on the quality of teaching and learning. We discuss this issue in the context of the statements made in the latest Communication of the European Commission on the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems (European Commission 2011a). Ensuring a high quality of teaching and learning is key for the competitive- ness of European higher education. Therefore, as stated by the European Uni- versity Association, “quality and improving quality is at the heart of the Bologna Process reforms, and the European QA architecture - the European Standards and Guidelines (ESGs), the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR), and the annual European QA Forum (EQAF) – are among the most concrete and successful aspects of Bologna” (EUA 2011). Quality, including quality of teaching, is mentioned several times in the EC Communication. Its significance for the modernisation of higher education is, in particular, underlined in the concluding section of the document where it is stat- ed: “The Commission will also draw upon external expertise to develop progres- sive policies and identify innovative practices. As a first step, in 2012, it will establish a high-level group with a rolling mandate to analyse key topics for the modernisation of higher education, starting with the promotion of excellence in teaching and reporting in 2013”. The significance of ensuring a high quality of teaching is...
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