We have been busy in Aveiro since our last meeting! Our idea for our project was to set up a Forum in the university to provide a space for discussing and sharing issues related to the quality of teaching and learning. We held our first meeting at the end of February with a small group of volunteers, including members from the three ‘circles’, and we had an engaging discussion of how the forum might work and how it could be organised. Our second work session was held on 15th March with the objective of identifying key issues which would form the basis of topic-based mini-forums. We were very pleased to have attracted considerably more participants for this second meeting, despite the fact that it was held on a Friday afternoon at 16.00!! Our on-line forum is also set up and will be launched this week. Our next step, as proposed in the last work session, will be to hold a workshop in April for joined up work on some of the key issues identified.
In the meantime, we prepared a presentation, entitled The importance of dialogue in the enhancement of quality in teaching and learning, for the International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Higher Education which was held last week (21st and 22nd March) in Évora, Portugal.
Pro-rector, University of Aveiro