SPEAQ at LINQ 2013!

LINQ_2013_logo_animatedIt is official: SPEAQ has been invited to take part in the LINQ 2013 conference in Rome on 16-17 May 2013.

The motto of LINQ 2013 is:

Learning Innovations and Quality:
“The Future of Digital Resources”

The LINQ conference is addressing Innovations and Quality in Lifelong Learning, Education and Training: potential points of access to this field include new learning methods and design, Technology-Enhanced Learning, quality standards and certification, human resources development, competences and skills, digital resources, learning materials, and online collaboration and communities.

See the current programme of LINQ 2013 here.

To find out more go to http://www.learning-innovations.eu/


News from the University of Aveiro, Portugal

UniAveiro_LogoUA1gWe 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.

Gillian Moreira,
Pro-rector, University of Aveiro

Where has this year gone?


The workshop has been developed by two of the partners (Universities of Jyväskylä & Deusto) and run in a number of different trial versions which have fed into a final version which will be run at the European Quality Assurance Forum conference in Estonia in November 2012. Following this a final version will be translated and uploaded to the SPEAQ website. These workshops have been very interactive and have proven to be a useful way of encouraging discussion among staff and/or students.

Data collection

To date the project has completed an initial data collection exercise through a series of student focus groups (facilitated by the European Students Union), meetings with institutional quality managers in the partner institutions and discussions with subject teachers in a range of disciplines, using a set of questions devised by the project team.

Synthesis reports

Three synthesis reports, summarising the results from all partners, have been prepared and some key emerging themes have been identified: a need for better communication around quality issues, improvements in the collection and use of feedback, more engagement of students in quality enhancement, increased opportunities for sharing good practice, professional development for teachers, applied learning (including employability), balancing teaching with research agendas, sharing and collaborating with others outside the institution. It has been encouraging to see that some of the core aims of this project are reflected in this data, these being to connect the three quality circles and to give voice to the views of all stakeholders in the quality process.

Meeting in Innsbruck

All the SPEAQ partners met in Innsbruck, Austria, for our second project meeting. It was a very productive encounter which generated lots of great ideas. Partners were able to exchange views and tips on activities that had already taken place, which proved crucial for the continuation of the project. And thanks to our Austrian partner’s brilliant organisation, we were even able to enjoy some of the delights that the Austrian city has to offer.


Three presentations about the project have already been given at international conferences (Belgrade, Istanbul, Cluj-Napoca) with two more scheduled in November 2012 (Tallinn, Malta). Once the project activities have been completed and the results of the institutional projects evaluated an academic article will be written and submitted to an international journal.