How to evaluate and improve Higher Education: Defining, screening and enhancing students’ competences

Date:                    Saturday 24th August

Half Day:              0930-1230

Level:                    Intermediate


  1. Ingrid Preusche, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
  2. Evelyn Bergsmann, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

Summary of theme and why it is important:  In competence-based higher education the definition of intended competences, which students shall acquire by a study program, is fundamental. Based thereon, continuous monitoring of the teaching process and the students’ competences is also vital as well as using these data for developing measures that are helpful for enhancing competences.

Based on the evaluation instrument “Competence Check” on study program level at Vetmeduni Vienna, the approach has been further developed within an EU funded Erasmus+ project called “Internal Quality Management: Evaluating and Improving Competence-Based Higher Education” (project duration: Sept 2015-Aug 2018).

In this workshop, the developed procedure and toolkit for Internal Quality Management in Competence-Based Higher Education (IQM-HE) will be presented. This Toolkit assists universities in implementing a multi-perspective participative approach for (self)evaluating students’ competences and competence-based teaching and learning. It includes a wide range of hands-on materials like a handbook, information material for different stakeholder groups, ideas for workshops, questionnaire- and report templates, and a collection of ideas and measures for improving competence-based higher education. Furthermore, the Toolkit is easy to adapt to different fields of studies.

Who should participate in the Pre-Conference Workshop?  This workshop is suitable for decision-makers (e.g. vice rector for teaching and learning, head of study program, head of quality management unit, member of curriculum commission, etc.)  and especially for persons interested in or responsible for quality management in higher education.

What will they gain from participating?  Participants will:

  • learn more about practical and flexible tools for defining, screening and enhancing students’ competences.
  • learn more about the advantages of a participative approach in evaluation and about helpful implementation strategies.
  • get to know the IQM-HE framework of the European Toolkit.
  • get an idea how to apply the IQM-HE framework within Higher Education Institutions.

Cost: Euros 90 (includes coffee)

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-conference Workshop participants must also register for AMEE 2019 and pay the conference fee.


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