Diapositiva 1

Report
Quality in mobility:
how to measure and
assess it
Maria Sticchi Damiani
Key words for organised mobility:
Diversity
culture
language
academic system
contents
programmes teaching methods
housing
food
social activities………….
Transparency
academic programmes
services
exchange procedures…
Cooperation
between home and host institution
between academics and administrators
between learners and teachers………….
Let’s look at
the quality of mobility
with reference to these aspects
Quality of mobility - diversity
Recognise the value of diversity in education
and enable students to benefit from it:
• make curricula flexible enough to allow for
inclusion of diverse learning experiences
• provide opportunities for diverse learning
experiences in a variety of countries,
languages, institutions, programmes…..
• encourage students to appreciate diversity
as enrichment, complementarity, mind
opener…..
How to measure/assess?
Possible indicators:
• Number of credits available for students’
options in the curriculum
• Variety of countries of destination
• Variety and levels of languages taught in
the institution (including the local one)
• Variety of types of partner institutions
Quality of mobility - transparency
Describe educational activities and services
available in the most transparent way:
• produce a course catalogue in two languages
according to ECTS guidelines, with desired learning
outcomes, approaches to teaching and assessment,
teaching staff and equipment…..
• develop grade distribution curves for the various
degree programmes according to ECTS guidelines
• describe specific facilities, services, academic and
administrative procedures for exchange students
• make information available when needed by partners
How to measure/assess?
Possible indicators:
• Compliance of course catalogue with ECTS
guidelines, its translation into another major
European language, its availability at due time
• Number of degree programmes involved in
student exchanges providing ECTS grade
distribution curves
• Publication of an action plan for the academic
and logistic handling of incoming/outgoing
students from beginning to the end.
Quality of mobility - cooperation
Develop solid partnerships and promote fruitful
cooperation:
• guarantee institutional commitment to partnership
• activate efficient communication channels with
partners, both at academic and administrative level
• ensure full awareness of programmes and services
offered at partner institutions
• agree on exchange and recognition procedures, both
academic and administrative
• accept imbalanced flows (by country, institution,
subject area) as arising from students’ choices
• jointly monitor and evaluate the work done within each
bilateral agreement, network or joint programme
How to measure/assess?
• Existence of a strategic plan for mobility, indicating
goals and priorities for the institution
• Allocation of clear academic responsibilities for each
bilateral agreement, network or joint programme:
contacts, meetings, visits, planning and recognition of
study abroad, tutoring of incoming students…
• Incentives for the academics involved
• Allocation of administrative responsibilities for the
management of agreements, networks or joint
programmes
• Opportunities for professional enhancement for the
administrators involved.
Conclusions
revisiting well known concepts
and well established experiences
with quality in mind
may
raise awareness
clarify goals
and improve current practice
Italian Bologna Experts’ website
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