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11/20/09  (jp)  [0 Comments]

Peer Review and Quality Assurance in Austrian VET

The Austrian interest in Peer Review is reflected in the high number of schools who participated in the transnational pilots: of the 25 Peer Reviews carried out between 2006 and 2009, six took place in Austrian VET schools and colleges. So far, Peer Review has been tested in almost all types of VET colleges in Austria: in technical, tourism, business administration, trade, art colleges and vocational school (Berufsschule).

QualitätsInitiative Berufsbildung

The QualitätsInitiative BerufsBildung (QIBB) is a comprehensive quality initiative for the initial VET sector. Launched in 2005/2006, it incorporates the elements and principles set forth in the CQAF (Common Quality Assurance Framework)/EQARF (European Quality Assurance Reference Framework) and works in a systemic way comprising all levels of the VET system – from the ministry to the provincial education boards and inspectors to the VET schools and colleges. Based on voluntary participation by schools, most VET schools have by now been included in the initiative.

QIBB relies on yearly development plans, self-evaluation of VET schools and colleges, and management reviews. External evaluations on the institutional level had so far not been a regular part of QIBB. Peer Review as a voluntary and “friendly” evaluation between VET institutions was considered an attractive methodology for carrying out external institutional evaluations in QIBB.

Peer Review in QIBB

Based on the results of a feasibility study and a national Peer Review pilot project, Peer Review is currently implemented in the Austrian quality initiative QIBB.

10/29/10  (jp)  [1 Comments]

Implementation of Peer Review in the Austrian Quality Initiative in VET

In autumn 2009 the implementation of Peer Review within QIBB, the Austrian quality initiative for vocational education and training, started. ARQA-VET, the Austrian Reference Point for Quality Assurance in VET, is responsible for the coordination, operative support and quality assurance of the Peer Review process. Also, Peer Trainings are being organised via ARQA-VET.

In the first round (2009/10), 9 VET providers from all over Austria participated. The second round has started in October 2010. Peer Trainings will be provided in Vienna (November 2010), Linz (January 2011) and Klagenfurt (April 2011). Furthermore there will be further education offers for existing Peers.

ARQA-VET is also very interested in making transnational Peer Reviews possible, especially in recruiting transnational peers for the Austrian Peer Register (currently 57 people). For further information regarding the Peer Register please contact Gabriela Wulz (gabriela.wulz@oead.at), ARQA-VET.

For more information see also www.peer-review-in-qibb.at (in German).