Content and methodology of the training
TrainIQAfrica will be carried out as a blended-learning course and consists of five different modules. For each module self-study materials are provided prior to the course.
The materials include the following main subjects:
- Module 1: Designing Effective Quality Management Systems in Higher Education Institutions
- Module 2: Tools and Procedures for Quality Assurance in Higher Education Institutions
- Module 3: Quality Assurance of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Institutions
- Module 4: Information Management in Higher Education institutions
- Module 5: Quality Management and its linkages to Higher Education Management
The topics of the different modules will be discussed during four inter-connected workshops which will be held in West Africa and Germany. One of the modules (evidence-based information management) is mainly offered via distance education.
Project Action Plan (PAP)
All participants of the training are expected to develop a project action plan (PAP) during the training in order to turn theory into practice. The PAP is a project management tool and refers to an individual reform project which all participants are asked to develop in the beginning and to implement in between the presence phases of the training at their home institutions. During the whole time of the training, participants receive coaching and supervision by the workshop trainers.
During the application process candidates already have to hand in a project idea which they are asked to describe according to the questions in the application form (see application form).
Possible topics for projects are such as the following:
- Development of internal QA policy guidelines
- Setting up a QA-Unit
- Scheme for staff development
Tools and Procedures
- Self-evaluation report for internal/external evaluation (e.g. programme or institutional accreditation)
- Evaluation of teaching and learning
- Interrelation between data collection and QA
- Designing & conducting tracer studies
Curriculum Design and Review
- Definition of learning outcomes and assessment scheme
The development and progress of the individual projects will be discussed continuously during the four workshops to be held in Ghana (Part 1 and 4), Germany (Part 2) and Nigeria (Part 3). The final workshop (Part 4) offers the opportunity to present the results and to discuss the lessons learned among the group as well as with the university leadership. To this end, in addition to the quality assurance officers the Deputy Vice Chancellors (DVCs) of the participating universities are also invited to attend Part 4 to jointly reflect on the implementation of the projects with regard to both strategic and management aspects of quality assurance.
The training will be hands-on with a strong practical focus. The workshops will include mixed methods such as presentations of experts, discussions among participants and with experts, case studies, and individual feedback and mentoring.
The teaching concept is based on a team-teaching approach of European and African experts in quality assurance. Besides presentations of experts, personal experiences of the participants as quality managers at their own universities will contribute to this course to a large extent. Therefore, peer-coaching in small working groups and time slots for individual feedback and mentoring will be a key educational element of the course as well.
Kick-off: High Level Information Visit
In order to establish sustainable and successful quality assurance structures, universities need both strong support and backup by universities’ decision makers as well as a strong linkage between strategic and operational levels.
Therefore, in addition to the training, a high level information visit to Germany was held with the Deputy Vice Chancellors in charge of QA of the participating universities and the heads of the regional regulatory bodies. The study visit was used to introduce them to the course, its objectives and institutional benefits. Furthermore, it adressed general QA topics accompanied by good practice examples in Germany and Europe, highlighting the strategic importance of quality assurance in higher education.