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 Mr Ivan Prskalo, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Teacher Education; Mrs Branka Ramljak, PhD, State Secretary, who welcomed the participants on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Education, and Mr Damir Boras, PhD, Rector of the University of Zagreb.
Mrs Branka Ramljak, State Secretary and Mr Damir Boras, Rector of the University of Zagreb highlighted that developing teaching competences in higher education is one of the most important factors of quality assurance in higher education. They acknowledged that systematic support at the national level should be given to the development of teaching competences, and the results of the Educa-T project will contribute to this.
The first session of the conference was dedicated to best practice in quality teaching in Europe. Professor Thomas Olsson, Lund University, Sweden, delivered a presentation “Demonstrating and rewarding excellence in university teaching”. Mr Jack Thompson, 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, University of Antwerp, Belgium, presented the project “The curriculum in higher education challenged”.
Mr Marko Turk, PhD at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences ot the University of Rijeka, presented national experiences in developing competences for teaching and learning, including an overview of the results of the Focus groups whose meetings were held at Croatian Universities within the framework of the Educa-T project.
Mrs Vlatka Domović, PhD, professor at the Faculty of Teacher Education of the University of Zagreb, Mrs Jasminka Ledić, PhD, professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Rijeka and Mrs Marina Crnčić Sokol, Ministry of Science and Education, presented the Educa-T project and its results: Competence Profile, Curriculum Framework and Policy Recommendations.
The following session of the Conference was dedicated to parallel workshops that were held by Mrs Svjetlana Kolić-Vehovec, PhD, professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Rijeka, Mrs Morana Koludrović, PhD, assistant professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Split and Mrs Renata Jukić, PhD, assistant professor at the Department for Pedagogy of the J. J. Strossmayer University of Osijek.
The topic of parallel workshops was “What to do after the project?” and its objective was to examine the possibilities of implementing 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 professionally – oriented HEIs) as well as the creation of legal preconditions for developing an integral system for enhancing teaching competences in higher education was pointed out. The participants emphasised that the project results should be further implemented at the national level, and if possible, within the framework of another project.
National experiences in improving learning and teaching competencies in higher education
Assistant Professor Marko Turk
Department of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Rijeka
Preporuke za razvijanje i unapređenje kompetencija za poučavanje na hrvatskim visokim učilištima
Prof. dr. sc. Jasminka Ledić
Sveučilište u Rijeci, Filozofski fakultet u Rijeci, Odsjek za pedagogiju