A lot happened in the SPEAQ project since our last blog post. Before the Christmas break, partners met again for the 3rd project meeting in the lovely Portuguese town of Aveiro. Despite the unusual wet weather, partners spent two days discussing their project for year 2.
Dr Anca Greere and her colleague Iulia Bobaila from the University of Babes-Bolyai, Romania, took this opportunity to present their project which had already started in September. The project focuses on peer-to-peer student mentoring and aims to set up a system involving second year undergraduate students acting as mentors and first year undergraduate students acting as mentees. The key objective is to help first year students adjust to the challenges of university life by facilitating closer interaction with other students who have already gone through similar experiences. It has received the support of the University and had already been very successful by the time Anca and Iulia presented the project to the SPEAQ partners.
The other partners discussed their project concepts with the group and by the end of the meeting, all had produced a project plan for the next 6 months. Project themes include: teaching students about the complexity of quality assurance in HE (Hungary); introducing a new course evaluation methodology and procedures (Denmark); giving international students a voice to enhance their learning experience (Italy); enhancing quality through professional co-operations in the areas of assessment and cross-curricular networking (Austria); enhancing the quality of study programmes through interaction of the three quality circles (Spain); enhancing pedagogical and interactive skills of non-native content teachers teaching through English (Finland); creating a forum for the discussion of quality issues related to the enhancement of teaching and learning on an institutional (policy) level and a practical level (Portugal); developing resources for improving the quality of feedback (UK).
The projects are now all under way and each partner will write a short post about their progress in the months to come. So keep reading the SPEAQ blog for more updates!