CQAF Online: Working Toward a Shared Perception on Dealing with Quality Initiatives

“When we first started as a team discussing the contents of our new educational program for addressing local businesses needs in our region, as well as the processes that need to be in place in order to run the program properly, the CQAF online model helped us moving ahead. The model provided support for many of the organizational issues that needed to be taken care of regarding content as well as the delivery process.”

CQAFtestado1One of the reactions out of the 19 training organisations which have been participating in the CQAF Online project, a 2011 project run under the Leonardo da Vinci program of the European Union. The CQAF online projects’ purpose was the development of an online application of a common quality assurance model for self-evaluation. This model has been developed based upon input of educational providers in a 2009 project called “Common Quality Assurance framework for (Adult) Vocational Education and Training Providers: CQAF for (A)VET). In the project partners from Cyprus (EDITC), Greece (Dimitra), Netherlands (Revalento), Spain (Documenta) and Sweden (Folkuniversitetet, also being the coordinator) have been working together closely to establish a set of common issues relevant for good education.

The CQAF Online project was set out first to further elaborate and test the already developed quality assurance model called CQAF VET. To assure for good education (addressing learner needs as well as the needs of relevant stakeholders) this model distinguishes three domains or axes: one addressing the content and didactical approaches, one covering the related organizational processes and one addressing learner issues like validity and recognition of what actually has been learned.

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GUIDE! Final Conference

GuideBerlin3GUIDE! team carried out the final conference of the project on the 5th November 2013 in Berlin. Guidance practitioners and policy makers from the partners’ countries (Germany, Italy, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Austria and Spain) attended to the event.

During this two years’ project:

• The chosen core competences which are in the main focus of the case studies were developed on the basis of a questionnaire filled in by 144 guidance practitioners from 7 different countries.

6 cases studies & 6 corresponding teaching notes were developed in 6 different languages which makes in total 72 different documents.

• The final case studies and teaching notes are influenced by the feedback of 81 testing candidates.

75% of them said their knowledge and awareness raising about is raised after working with the case studies.

During the conference, the European situation regarding guidance was analyzed, comparing the services and the methodologies undertaken among the above mentioned countries.

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DOCUMENTA Attends the European Conference on Quality in VET in Västerås, Sweden

CQAFfinalConferenceOn September 26, 2013, all partners of the Leonardo da Vinci project “Common Quality Assurance Framework-VET, a provider online model” (CQAF-VET online) attended the Conference that puts the finishing touch to a of long-way project. Based on a previous project which also counted with support of DOCUMENTA, CQAF-VET online has been developed as a self-evaluation tool for vocational training and training centers based on a common framework of Quality Assurance aimed at operating in the European level. The model also provides support to ensure the quality of the training programmes in Vocational training and Adult education by addressing the strategic aspects pointed out by the experts of the sector in each country (Contents of the training and learning, management of the organization, the learners, etc.). In this way the model can be a support in jointly working on the continuous improvement of education.

The event was held at the Aros Conference Centre in Västerås (Sweden), and counted with the participation of experts in Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning at European level, as well as authorities in the areas of Education and Culture from the European Commission and the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational education.

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Final Stage of CERF: European Conference

CERFportadaDuring the implementation of the CERF project, the Educational Organization «DIMITRA» and the Chamber of Larissa conducted the European Conference: European Reference Framework (ERF): Development of Key Competences for Lifelong Learning and Employability, at the Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa (G.I. Katsigras Museum) on Thursday, 19th of September 2013.

The aim of the Conference was to highlight the role, the impact on the labor market and the need for modern citizens to obtain the eight Key Competences – as they are defined by the European Reference Framework.      

According to the Council and the European Parliament, all European citizens need those eight Key Competences for their person al fulfillment, social inclusion, active citizenship and employability in a knowledge-based society.

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