Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Design of Assessment Rubrics

Two academic staff from the English Department of Universitas Gadjah Mada visited Singapore to learn about "Design of Assessment Rubrics" from Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin, AUN-QA Expert on 23 Nov 2015. The sharing session focuses on an overview of competency-based curriculum, types of rubrics, rationales for using rubrics, components of a rubric and the process for designing assessment rubrics as indicated below.

Friday, 20 November 2015

2nd AUN-ADB Training Workshop and QA Documentation Project@Lao PDR

The 2nd AUN-ADB Training Workshop@Lao PDR was hosted by AUN Secretariat from 17 to 20 November 2015 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The workshop was supported by the National University of Laos and the University of Health Sciences. A total of 41 participants from the two universities attended the workshop. The title of the workshop was "PDCA Approach to SAR Development at Programme Level". The learning outcomes of the workshop are as follows:
  • Define the AUN-QA models;
  • Interpret the AUN-QA criteria for programme level;
  • Apply the PDCA approach to Self-assessment at programme level;
  • Explain the requirements of Self-Assessment Report (SAR);
  • Apply the technique for writing SAR; and
  • Describe the AUN-QA quality assessment process
  • Produce a SAR of a study programme for each participating university
Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin and Dr. Chavalit Wongse-ek were the facilitators for the workshop. The workshop was followed by the QA Documentation Project Meeting held at the National University of Laos. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

ASEAN-QA Phase 2 Workshop III - Quality Assurance in Teaching and Learning

The ASEAN-QA Phase 2 is a follow-up to the ASEAN-QA Phase 1 project. The project partners are DAAD, HRK, ENQA, Universitat Potsdam, AQAN, AUN, and SEAMEO-RIHED. It aims to build capacity in quality assurance in higher educations among the QA professionals in ASEAN universities including East Timor. 

The 3rd TrainIQA workshop on "Quality Assurance in Teaching and Learning" was hosted by Potsdam University, from 9 to 13 November 2015 in Bali, Indonesia. The workshop was attended by 31 participants from universities in Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

The learning outcomes of TrainIQA Workshop III are:
  • determine key tasks of a quality manager with regard to programme and curriculum development,
  • identify central instruments that design study programmes in form and content, and draw up and manage the diverse processes of curriculum development,
  • set up an evaluation self-report to revise study programmes,
  • recognise relevant organisational steps to be considered when developing and revising study programmes,
  • recognise the importance of communication and collaboration with regard to programme development,
  • identify relevant stakeholders for the development of study programmes and consider and integrate their (differing) expectations in the curriculum,
  • determine how to best benefit from external quality assurance and make use of it for the design and revision of curricula and study programmes,
  • identify how to link external and internal quality assurance effectively. Based on this, you will be able to adjust the respective internal processes, e.g. with regard to your own internal quality management system.
Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin, AUN-QA Expert (Singapore) was the module coordinator and he facilitated the sessions on "PDCA Approach to Curriculum Design & Revision"; "Constructive Alignment and Learning Outcomes"; and Workshop Evaluation & The Way Forward" during the workshop.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Teaching and Learning Strategy: View from AUN-QA Assessment

The ASEAN Education Summit - Innovative Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century was organised by the ASEAN University Network (AUN) at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in celebration of the 20th AUN anniversary on 6 November 2015.

The summit was graced by Ms Aporn Kanvong, Secretary-General, Office of Higher Education Commission, Ministry of Education, Thailand. The summit was organised into 3 sessions:

Session 1: Generation Z Reality and Perspective - How do I learn?
Session 2: Teaching and Learning for the New Work and Lifelong Learning and Challenges
Session 3: Teaching and Learning Strategies for Top University Administrator - How to Manage Change in the University?

Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin, AUN-QA expert was invited to speak on the topic "Teaching and Learning Strategy: View from AUN-QA Assessment" in Session 2.

The presentation focused on the analysis of the AUN-QA programme assessment results on “Teaching and Learning Strategy” with the objective of identifying factors that enhance teaching and learning practices. Based on the period 2007 to 2014, the results of 107 study programmes from 27 universities in 8 ASEAN countries were analysed. Based on the mean of 4.6 for Teaching and Learning Strategy criterion, universities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam scored at or above the mean.

Of the 107 programmes assessed, about half of them scored 5 (i.e. Better than Adequate) with the other half scored 4 and below. This suggests that there is room for improvement in the Teaching and Learning Strategy adopted by universities.

A sample of the ratings for the sub-criterion for Teaching and Learning Strategy was examined and the result revealed that most universities have a teaching and learning strategy however the execution of the strategy needs to be further enhanced.

To enhance quality of lifelong learning and output, universities need to have 3 readiness in Culture, People and System to support the execution of Teaching and Learning Strategy.

The celebration ended in a high note at the Gala Dinner.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Guide to AUN-QA Assessment at Programme Level (Version 3)

The updated version of the "Guide to AUN-QA Assessment at Programme Level (Version 3) has been published. The updated version is leaner and more system and process oriented. The number of AUN-QA criteria in the latest version has been reduced from 15 to 11. Overlapping, duplication and ambiguity of the criteria and their associated requirements have been removed. Version 3 will be implemented in parallel with the existing version in 2016 and effectively adopted in 2017. A summary of the changes from version 1 to version 3 is documented below.

Monday, 19 October 2015

ASEAN-QA Phase 2 Site Visit to Vietnam National University of Agriculture

As part of the ASEAN-QA Phase 2 Project, a site visit was made to the Vietnam National University of Agriculture on 13 & 14 October 2015 in Hanoi, Viet nam. The visit was carried out by Mr Frank Niedermeier from University of Potsdam (Germany) and Mr. Johnson Ong Chee Bin, AUN-QA Expert (Singapore). Dialogues were held with the management staff of the university and the staff of the Centre for Quality Assurance to understand the challenges and issues faced in the ASEAN-QA Phase 2 project. 

A workshop on learning outcomes and constructive alignment was held on the 2nd day of the visit. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Johnson Ong and it was attended by more than 70 participants.

Friday, 16 October 2015

EU-SHARE - Study Visit to Europe

The EU-SHARE study visit to Europe - Brussels, Ghent and Bonn was held from 5 October to 8 October 2015. The study visit was jointly organised by DAAD, EUA and ENQA to establish dialogues, exchanges and collaborations between European and ASEAN experts and policy makers involved in the harmonisation of quality assurance (QA) and qualification framework (QF) in higher education. 

The delegation from ASEAN was from representatives of ASEAN Secretariat, Senior Officials Meeting of Education, AUN, AQAN, universities, accreditation agencies, and education ministries. The delegation met the European representatives from European Commission, national education ministries, accreditation agencies, and universities. The exchanges and dialogues were held in DAAD Offices in Brussels and Bonn, EUA and Ghent University.

The discussions dealt with the lessons, issues and challenges of higher education harmonisation in QA and QF from the Bologna Process. The study visit has been very helpful in anticipating and understanding the challenges and obstacles that ASEAN will face in the QA and QF harmonisation in the ASEAN higher education area.