The Final conference of the project ‘Emphasis on developing and upgrading of competences for academic teaching – Educa-T’, took place at the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb, on 8 May 2018.
The participants were welcomed by professor Ivan Prskalo, PhD, the Dean of the Faculty of Teacher Education; State Secretary professor Branka Ramljak, PhD who welcomed the participants on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Education, and Rector of the University of Zagreb, professor Damir Boras, PhD.
State Secretary professor Branka Ramljak, PhD and Rector of the University of Zagreb, professor Damir Boras, PhD highlighted that development of teaching competences in higher education is one of the most important factors of quality assurance in higher education. They acknowledged that a systematic support at the national level should be given to the development of teaching competences, and the results of Educa-T project will contribute to that.
The first session of the conference was dedicated to the best practice in quality teaching in Europe. Professor Thomas Olsson from Lund University, Sweden, delivered a presentation „Demonstrating and rewarding excellence in university teaching“. Jack Thompson from Office for Students, UK, presented the Teaching Excellence Framework, a framework for recognising and rewarding excellent teaching in higher education in the UK. Cis Van Den Bogaert, from the University of Antwerp, Belgium presented the project „The curriculum in higher education challenged“.
Assistant professor Marko Turk, PhD from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka presented the national experiences in developing competences for teaching and learning, including the overview of the results of Focus groups that were held at the Croatian Universities within the framework of Educa-T project.
Professor Vlatka Domović, PhD from the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb, professor Jasminka Ledić, PhD from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka and Marina Crnčić Sokol from the Ministry of Science and Education presented the Educa-T project and its results: Competence Profile, Curriculum Framework and the Policy Recommendations.
The next session of the Conference was dedicated to the parallel workshops that were held by professor Svjetlana Kolić-Vehovec, PhD from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka, Assistant professor Morana Koludrović, PhD Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split and Assistant professor Renata Jukić, PhD, from the Department for Pedagogy, University of Osijek.
The topic of the parallel workshops was „What to do after the project“? and its objective was to examine the possibilities of the implementation of the project results.
The final session of the Conference was dedicated to the conclusions of the Educa-T project.
The importance of developing the quality of teaching and learning at all the levels (particularly at the level of university colleges and polytechnics) as well as creation of legal preconditions for development of integral system for enhancing teaching competences in higher education has been pointed out. The participants emphasised that the project results should be further implemented at the national level, if possible within the framework of another project.