A Quality Assurance (QA) Team of experts (TOE) from Allied Command Transformation (ACT) visited JCBRND COE on 3 and 4 November 2014. The aim of the visit was to determine if COE meets the established standards and criteria in education and training.
Referring to Bi-SC 75-7 Education and Individual Training Directive the purpose of QA is “to establish processes and procedures ensuring the highest possible degree of quality for NATO’s E&T while at the same time providing autonomy and flexibility to the institutions involved, to the programmes and modules/courses. It furthermore provides the basis for the coordination between E&T stakeholders and for continuous improvement of transparent E&T quality.
The objective of QA is to implement quality improvements of the education and training content in order to satisfy the needs of the Operational Commanders or other customers, to bolster partners and to support nations in their national approach to lifelong learning. To achieve this, certain principles must be established regarding the different education and training stakeholders and events:
- Relevant to the needs of NATO and meeting NATO E&T requirements.
- Transparent in the learning/training processes and procedures.
- Accountable towards stakeholders and learners/participants.
- Responsible for implementing best practices.”
QA TOE was composed of Mrs. Catherine BELL (USA), Commander (OF-4) Liviu STRAMBEANU (ROU-N), Lieutenant-Colonel (OF-4) Mark RUSSEL (CAN-A), Petty Officer (OR-6) Dean JACKSON (GBR-N) and led by Lieutenant-Colonel (OF-4) Mati TIKERPUU (EST-A).
During the two day visit designated COE members discussed with the QA TOE various topics relating to QA. Among them were:
- The implementation, monitoring and review of internal QA policy and directives;
- Scheduling, designing, developing, conducting, monitoring, reviewing and improving of curriculum;
- Implementation, monitoring and review of student assessment, learning resources and student support processes and procedures;
- Designing, developing, implementation, monitoring and reviewing of staff orientation and staff development, internal and external communication and information and management systems and public information.
Author: CPT Gorazd STERGAR (SVN)
Photo: Maj Aleš MYLAN