The power of self-evaluation based cross-sparring in developing the quality of engineering programmes

Katriina Schrey-Niemenmaa*, Robin Clark, Ásrún Matthíasdóttir, Fredrik Georgsson, Juha Kontio, Jens Bennedsen, Siegfried Rouvrais, Paul Hermon

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Abstract

This paper discusses how the quality of engineering education can be improved in practice by using a process of sharing and critique. Starting with a self-evaluation followed by a cross-sparring with critical friends, this new approach has proven successful in initiating change. With a focus on quality enhancement as much as quality assurance, the engagement in and attractiveness of the engineering education are key considerations of the development activities that are inspired by the process. In the process programmes are paired with appropriate partners and, using the self-evaluation as a foundation, the cross-sparring enables each partner the best opportunities to learn from each other. The approach has been developed in an ERASMUS + project involving eight European universities and has been called QAEMP (Quality Assurance and Enhancement Market Place).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering education for a smart society: World Engineering Education Forum & Global Engineering Deans Council 2016
EditorsMichael E. Auer, Kwang-Sun Kim
Place of PublicationCham (CH)
PublisherSpringer
Pages158-174
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-60937-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-60936-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventWorld Engineering Education Forum and Global Engineering Deans Council, WEEF and GEDC 2016 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 6 Nov 201610 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer
Volume627
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

ConferenceWorld Engineering Education Forum and Global Engineering Deans Council, WEEF and GEDC 2016
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period6/11/1610/11/16

Keywords

  • cross-sparring
  • engineering programme development
  • programme improvement
  • quality assurance
  • quality enhancement
  • self-evaluation

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