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Quality assurance is an integrated assessment process involving all project partners. It aims at ensuring that the PBL-BioAfrica project is on track to achieve its purpose and reflects the emerging feedback and requirements of participants.
A detailed Quality Plan will be developed, focusing on continuous monitoring and evaluation. Aalto University will take the lead in preparing the Quality Plan, and sharing the best practices and lessons learned from similar PBL co-creation projects implemented in East Africa and South Asia.
Aalto University’s Team Leader Riina Subra emphasises that quality assurance is streamlined across project activities.
“It is the responsibility of the whole consortium. The purpose of the quality plan is to assist in carrying out monitoring and evaluation activities by each partner, and to create a frame allowing to do this in a repeatable, transparent and effective manner.”
The quality team has one member from each partner HEI. The first meeting of the team was organised online on March 24th 2021. Members of the quality team discussed the quality plan, the annual work plan for 2021 and agreed on the working methods and practices.
The quality team will also develop a Consolidated Quality Platform in cooperation with the whole consortium.
“The quality platform will seek to provide a unified data collection methodology that allows for effective monitoring and provides an easy way to analyse progress”, says Eelis Hemberg, Project Coordinator at Aalto University.
Quality assurance is streamlined into both project management and project activities, such as the development of PBL methodologies, capacity building, PBL pilots and student projects, and the collaborative learning ecosystem. The importance of quality assurance also extends to the dissemination of project activities and results.
The nature of quality assurance is reflective, building upon lessons learned and constantly revising the project’s practices throughout the project’s lifetime.