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Online workshop “Evaluation of lifelong learning programs for teachers in higher education”

The third workshop within the BAQUAL project was held on Wednesday  6th of April and Thursday, 7th of April 2022. The workshop was held online via zoom application, and the organizer was the Agency for Control and Quality Assurance of Higher Education (ACQAHE) from Montenegro.

The third workshop “Evaluation of lifelong learning programs for teachers in higher education” was open to public during the first day, therefore in addition to the project partners, the workshop was attended by representatives of higher education institutions in Montenegro.

Participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the concept of teacher competencies and ways to improve them from a scientific point of view, while special attention was paid to designing a lifelong learning program that would address these competencies.

Within the first block of the workshop, the activities realized so far within the BAQUAL project by the working groups from Montenegro, Croatia and Northern Macedonia were presented. During this block, the representatives of the working group from Montenegro presented all stages of the project idea development, related to the lifelong learning programs for teachers in higher education, with special emphasis on presenting research results obtained by surveying students, teachers and management of higher education institutions. On that occasion, a document entitled „Analysis of Teacher Competencies in Higher Education Institutions in Montenegro“ was presented, as one of the key contributions to achieving the project goal. Within the first block, the representative of the working group of Northern Macedonia introduced the participants with the qualification of teachers in higher education in Northern Macedonia, with special reference to the register of qualifications and the way of drafting standards. In addition to Northern Macedonia, the representative of the Croatian working group presented the results of the work on the development of occupational standards for the profession of teacher in higher education and explained the context and legislation on which this development is based. Also, within the mentioned block, the representative of the working group of Montenegro introduced the participants to the importance of improving teacher competencies, especially referring to pedagogical conditions for academic titles, most often academic trajectories, basics of university teaching, as well as the importance of pedagogy, psychology and didactics.

The second block was dedicated to the procedure of evaluation of lifelong learning programs, both in Montenegro and Slovenia based on a comparative review of the evaluation of these programs. During this block, the representative of the Agency for Control and Quality Assurance of Higher Education explained the procedure of the evaluation process, as well as the novelties in the Montenegrin evaluation system. Besides this, through the lecture of a guest lecturer from a Montenegrin higher education institution, we had the opportunity to get acquainted with practical examples related to the development of lifelong learning programs, their importance for future occupations, as well as the process of qualification development. The second angle of observation within this block referred to the experience of experts in the process of accreditation of lifelong learning programs with the presentation of the report form of the commission for accreditation, accreditation certificate and the process of registration and publication.

Finally, it was of special importance to present practical examples related to teaching competencies by a guest lecturer from Slovenia, with an overview of mandatory components of lifelong learning programs, as well as standards and quality of accreditation. Through practical examples, participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the basics of higher education didactics and training for teaching in higher education institutions in Slovenia.

The second day of the workshop was closed to the public and dedicated to the next activities of the working groups, and in connection with that, the challenges they are faced with.

The workshop was highly praised by the participants, both in terms of the content and the organization.

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