QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF UNIVERSITY TEACHING
Complutense University of Madrid (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Page: 6068 (abstract only)
Conference name: 4th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 14-16 November, 2011
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:Nowadays, the university in Europe is making progress in the adaptation to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) implementing new actions and steps to lead the university to reach a quality teaching system, the unique way to ensure universities capacity fulfilling the commitments with society.
Changes carried out in the teaching-learning process require constant support, supervision and evaluation. There are two important aspects to consider when it comes to guaranteeing the quality of a teaching system: educational plans and study programs and teachers’ activities.
In order to ensure the teaching planning it must be fundamental to evaluate the university as an institution that entails the faculties and centers with the main objective of promoting enough European dimensions in higher education particularly relates with integrated programs of study, training and research, curricular development and inter-institutional co-operation. Moreover, there should be considered some elements such as information and assistant students’ services, formative activities for students and infrastructures. This task must be done by agencies and governing administration to assess, certify and accredit the university.
On the other hand, once the study programs are approved it is time to carry them out and teachers and university staff have the responsibility for keeping them. Not only it is capital to evaluate teachers activities in a global view but also in an individual way. Although each teacher has his own methods and they are at a liberty to act, the university has the obligation to offer them guidelines to help the appropriate development of the matter. The evaluation should be focused on different aspects as knowledge of the subject and abilities in teaching and organization methods. The evaluation should not fall only on the academic authorities, there must be taken into account the students’ opinion. This is the reason why teachers will receive reports about their activity made by students, colleagues and senior university members. Furthermore, it is interesting that teachers made periodically reports which objective is to give them the opportunity to face with their own errors what can be useful in order to improve their teaching methods.