31 de mayo de 2020
On 26 May, the Quality Assurance Agency for the University System in Castilla y Leon (ACSUCYL) took part in the webinar 'Responses to Covid-19 pandemic situation from ECA Agencies'. Organised by the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA), this seminar discussed how to ensure quality in online university studies.
This online seminar dealt with two topics of particular importance in the current situation. Firstly, speakers from five countries in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) discussed how external quality assurance procedures are being changed to an online format. The support which quality assurance agencies are giving to higher education institutions for online teaching during the pandemic caused by Covid-19 was also expressed.
In this regard, Sandra Marcos, senior technical officer at ACSUCYL and ECA coordinator since June 2019, expressed the support which quality assurance agencies are giving to universities in adapting to emergency online teaching due to the state of emergency in health, both at a national as well as regional level. At a national level, she explained the guidelines published by the Spanish Network of University Quality Agencies (REACU) “REACU agreement of 3 April 2020, in view of the state of emergency caused by COVID-19” and at a regional level the 22 April document “Guidelines for adapting teaching by universities in the Castilla y Leon higher education system to emergency distance teaching”, a document which was drawn up jointly by the nine universities in Castilla y León.
After this discussion, the institutions taking part were in a position to see that all countries are facing the same problems when seeking to ensure the quality of degrees. They also pointed out that the joint work of higher education agencies and institutions is vital to ensure the quality of degrees in the EHEA.Also taking part in the seminar were Solange Pisarz, as representative of the Haut conseil de l'évaluation de la recherche et de l'enseignement supérieur (HCERES), and Marie-Jo Goedert, from the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur, both in France; Loulou Von Ravensberg, from the Universitetskanslersämbetet (UKÄ) in Sweden; and Klemen Subic, from the Nacionalne agencije Republike Slovenije za kakovost v visokem šolstvu (NAVKIS) in Slovenia. There were also representatives from the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR) in Belgium, who gave their views as to how these adaptations in external quality assurance procedures should be carried out.