Improving Quality Assurance with CDIO Self-Evaluation: Experiences From a Nordic Project

Juha Kontio, Janne Roslöf, Kristina Edström, Sara Naumann, Peter Munkebo Hussmann, Katriina Schrey-Niemenmaa, Markku karhu

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The main goal of the Nordic project Quality Assurance in Higher Education was to develop and implement
a self-evaluation model in the participating Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to support their quality assurance
work and continuous curriculum development. Furthermore, the project aimed at strengthening the
cooperation of HEIs in quality assurance (QA) and disseminating good practices of QA. The framework of
development is based on the CDIO approach and the CDIO self-evaluation process. The main results are a
detailed definition of the self-evaluation process, well-documented self-evaluations of the participating degree
programmes, and the identification of the main development areas and actions in each participating degree
programme. Furthermore, the project has increased the partners’ understanding of other partners and their
challenges. Finally, quality assurance has been enhanced in each participating programme and new ideas
and support for quality assurance work in other higher education institutes have been produced.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)55-66
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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  • CDIO
  • Continuous development
  • Engineering Education
  • Higher education
  • Nordplus
  • Programme development
  • Quality assurance
  • Self-evaluation


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