Peer Learning Activity on the impact of Quality Assurance systems in initial VET

The EQAVET work programme 2013-2015 makes provision for the organisation of peer learning activities (PLAs) which will enable EQAVET members to deepen, share and transfer their knowledge of quality assurance issues identified as relevant by the network.
The third PLA  focused on 'The impact of quality assurance systems in initial VET' and was organised jointly by ARQAVET, the Austrian National Reference Point, in partnership with the EQAVET Secretariat on 19-20 May  2014. Venue: OeAD House, Ebendorferstrasse 7,  Vienna, Austria.

AGENDA
Day 1:19 May 2014
Arrival and registration

13:00
Welcome to the peer learning activity
Welcome address:
Prof. Dr. Hubert Dürrstein, CEO of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD-GmbH) and Dr. Franz Gramlinger, Austrian Reference Point for Quality Assurance in VET (ARQA-VET)
13:15
Introduction to the peer learning activity - objectives, content, working methodology

Presenter:
Sean Feerick, Director, EQAVET Secretariat
13:30
Measuring the impact of quality assurance systems - presentations from Austria/Germany and the Netherlands, followed by questions and answer session
System-level impact of quality assurance in the Austrian/German VET sector

Presenters:Jürgen Horschinegg (BMBF), Michaela Jonach (ARQA-VET), Franz Gramlinger (ARQA-VET),
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Measuring the impact of quality assurance in the Dutch initial VET sector

Presenters:
Marloes van Bussel, CINOP, the Netherlands
Lotte van Hal and Mirjam van Dijk from Landstede (VET-provider in the Netherlands)
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16:00
Measuring the impact of quality assurance systems

presentation from UK (Wales) followed by questions and answer session
Measuring the impact of quality assurance in the Welsh initial VET sector

Presenter:
Adrian Sheehan, CollegesWales
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16:30
Discussions in small groups on identifying the issues and common challenges of measuring impact at a system level

Plenary discussion to identify common issues and challenges
Conclusions from day one

Day 2: 20 May 2014
8:30
Recap of day 1 and presentation of day 2 programme

8:45
Measuring the impact of quality assurance systems

presentation from Sweden followed by questions and answer session
Measuring the impact of quality assurance in the Swedish initial VET sector
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Presenters: Sven-Olof Lundin, Director of Education.The Swedish National Agency of Education
Cecilia Palmqvist, Investigator at The Swedish Schools Inspectorate
Responding to the findings from the measurement of impact - a VET provider from Sweden followed by questions and answer session
The impact of quality assurance in the Swedish initial VET sector
Presenter:
Claes Axelsson, Head of Unit, the upper secondary school at Bäckadalskolan in Jönköping
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Continuation of the discussion in small groups on identifying issues and common challenges of measuring impact at a system level
11:15
Small group discussion on the four key themes/questions set out in the invitation to the PLA:

what is effective practice in measuring the impact of quality assurance?
what aspects of quality assurance have changed at the system level?
how have these changes had an impact on quality assurance?
how have learners benefited from quality assurance?
14:00
Plenary presentation from the pre-lunch discussions
Closing Session

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