PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Kazakh Universities To Quality Assurance Processes In Technology Enhanced Learning” (KUTEL) is a three-year project co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of the ERASMUS Plus Programme, Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. The Project is carried out under the centralized activity “Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education” /CBHE/- 2018.

The Project Consortium brings together 14 organisations: four are from European countries - Italy, Bulgaria, Finland and Greece – and ten are from a Central Asia country, namely Kazakhstan.

The project aims to improve the quality and relevance of technology-enhanced learning (TeL) at Kazakhstan higher education institutions, and to enable their easier inclusion into European Higher Education Area. The main project objective is to improve, develop and implement accreditation standards, guidelines and procedures for quality assurance of TeL courses and study programs at a national level. The developed standards will assimilate the quality of TeL courses in order to incorporate into existing official documents at institutional levels. The project will also build the necessary capacities through establishing a framework for improving eLearning methodology and TeL quality assurance at Higher Educational institutional level by providing extensive training for all levels of staff involved in accreditation or delivery of TeL study programs, from teaching staff, trainers, evaluators, in particular, official accreditation reviewers and Higher Education public authorities from each Kazakhstan beneficiary institution. This will result in improving all Universities' staff competences in defining and applying a standardized quality assurance system; defining national standards for quality assurance in TeL taking into account quality references and guidelines.

The Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) contributes to the recognition and common definition of new TeL system, according to increasing needs of ICT-based competences. The Project is expected to create short- and long-term benefits for Higher Education through:

  • An analysis of the state of the art related to QAF in EU and specific needs in Kazakhstan which will produce a QAF Handbook;
  • Increase of competences of HEIs and authorities managers in the QA methodology implementation;
  • Definition of institution-tailored QAF roadmaps and related experimentation;
  • Definition of a national recognized QA manual;
  • Increase of Educational Authorities awareness to promote project sustainability

KUTEL is divided into 5 coherent work packages (WPs) as follows:

WP1 Baseline Analysis
it defines European QA standards on TEL in the context of the national best practices collected in each EU country involved. The criteria on which the Consortium will set the choice of these best practices will be strictly connected with the backgrounds. This means that the model will depend strictly on territory as well as kind of institution and their needs. They will be identified through a SWOT analysis by defining the strengths, the weaknesses, the opportunities and the threats of each practical experience. This will be the base for a comparative analysis for establishing the baseline of QA standards on TEL in Kazakhstan and European universities in order to create the baseline Kazakhstan TEL Quality Assurance Framework and the related recommendations for the implementation.
WP2 – Development
WP3 - Quality Assurance
WP4 Dissemination & Exploitation
WP5 Project Management
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