QUALITY ASSURANCE OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN THE SWEDISH ARMED FORCES SWEDISH ARMED FORCES HEADQUARTERS DIRECTOR OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES MARIAMMA MARTIN DEFINITION OF QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) Quality assurance has been defined as a program for the systematic monitoring and evaluation of the various aspects of a project, service or facility to ensure that standards of quality are being met Merriam Webster QA - SWEDISH ARMED FORCES (SwAF) The standards for quality assurance in education and training is based on core
values adapted from the Swedish Institute for Quality (SIQ) and from NATO Systems Approach to Training (SAT) SWEDISH INSTITUTE FOR QUALITY (SIQ) National center for quality and business excellence in Sweden Non-profit organization SIQ mission statement To promote quality development by creating, gathering and spreading knowledge within the field of quality and excellence How does SIQ promote quality management Run several activities focused on education, research and development SIQ international partners EFQM - European Foundation for Quality Management GBN - Global Benchmarking Network ASQ - American Society for Quality
SIQ CORE VALUES ADAPTED BY THE SWEDISH ARMED FORCES DEDICATED LEADERSHIP FACT BASED DECISION MAKING
PROCESS BASED PARTCIPATION BY ALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LONG TERM PLANNING COOPERATION PREVENTIVE MEASURES LEARNING FROM OTHERS CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT SWEDISH ARMED FORCES REGULATIONS FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING According to chapter 6 in the Swedish Armed Forces Regulations for Education and Training, Inspections are executed by the Military Command for the Directorate of Education and Training. The purpose of the inspection is to safeguard the standards and to ensure quality assurance in education and training. It should be
instructive and useful for all parties. Inspections should therefore be based on the internal quality assurance policies and procedures that are part of an on going process. . QUALITY ASSURANCE QA? WHO? WHAT? WHEN? WHERE? WHY? AND HOW? IN THE SWEDISH ARMED FORCES Who will ensure QA? Military Command for the Directorate of Education and Training together with quality assurance experts What will be the focus? Education and training When will it be done?
In a given time slot Where will it be done? At the school or centre for education and training Why will it be done? To safeguard the standards and to ensure quality assurance in education and training within the Swedish Armed Forces How will it be done? Using inspection as the method INSPECTION AS THE METHOD FOR QA To safeguard the standards and to ensure quality assurance in education and training Quality assurance is not a static process but a dynamic one and it is continuous Inspection cycle is clearly defined in the HQ directive and is a three year cycle
Structured follow up with the purpose of warranting that identified areas for improvement are dealt with and further enhancement takes place Inspection is carried out in close coperation between the inspected and Headquarters INSPECTION PROCESS DIRECTIVE DIRECTIVE INSPECTION PROG. FINALISED INITIAL SITE VISIT PROG. FINALISED INITIAL VTC D
N AN O I T A N UNIC CIPATIO M M T CO AR VE P ACTI COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOL
SELF ASSESSMENT REPORT BY SCHOOL/CENTER MEETING 2 via VTC INITIAL INITIAL SITE SITE VISIT BY VISIT BY INSPECTION INSPECTION
GROUP GROUP MEETING 3 via VTC INSPECTION INSPECTION FIRST FIRST IMPRESSIONS IMPRESSIONS (FIR) (FIR) ON ON SITE
SITE REPORT REPORT SENT SENT TO TO THE THE SCHOOL SCHOOL STAKEHOLDERS INPUT FOLLOW FOLLOW UP UP
FINAL INSPECTION REPORT WITH ANALYSIS OF FINDINGS PARTICIPANTS IN THE INSPECTION SCHOOL/CENTER TO BE INSPECTED Management STAKEHOLDERS HEADQUARTERS Military Command for the Directorate of Education and Training Chief of Staff for: Army Navy
Airforce Logistics Home Guard Head of the Department of Education Quality Assurance section OTHERS Representatives for Officer training with specific competence (engineers, medical personnel & meterolorogist) Representatives for specific areas of competence Swedish Defence University STAKEHOLDERS
Head of Non-Commissioned Officer Training Head of Officer program (AF domain) Head of Leadership and Pedagogics Head of Physical Training and Development Representatives from Education & Training section Process Leader Director of Foreign Languages SELF ASSESSMENT REPORT
Management board Quality assurance procedures Knowledge management Teacher competence and professional devlopment International perspective Student partcipation Evaluation
Documentation Infra structure and IT resources Generic questions from the stakeholders Quality assurance procedures International perspective Teacher competence and Professional development
Management board Knowledge management Evaluation Documentation Student participation Infrastructure and IT resources
FOCUS AREAS 2019 Possibilities for growth and ways to increase numbers Work towards improving gender equality Student satisfaction Development of pedagogics and new methods/technology for learning The role of the school in readiness COLLOBORATIVE WORKSPACE ON INTRANET Self assessment report Input from the stakeholders
Questions Program for the initial visit and the inspection Time schedules THE INSPECTION JOURNEY DEPT. OF EDUCATION: LEADS VTC 1 Preliminary plan Tentative dates and timings for visits Questions, focus areas Tasks for the school/center: Self assessment report Stakeholders questions School/Center: Acknowledge
the tasks Check if the dates and timings work Before VTC 2 School/Center: Send in the requested documents VTC 1 I-10w DEPT. OF EDUCATION: LEADS VTC 2
Review the documents that have come in Work with the agenda for the initial site visit and the inspection Develop focus areas I-8w School/Center: Presents the prog. for the initial site visit Answer the questions that were posed VTC 2
I-4w I=INSPECTION DEPT. OF EDUCATION: Self assessment report Focus areas Meet students Visit to the school/center Discuss the details for the up coming insp. DEPT. OF EDUCATION: Inspection report approved by Mil. Command for the Directorate of Edu.
and Training and sent to the school/center DEPT. OF EDUCATION/INSPECTED: Decide the prog. for the insp. Decide on the questions to be addressed & focus areas Prel. Report INITIAL SITE VISIT VTC 3 I-3w I-1w
Mil. Command for the Directorate of Edu. and Training + Insp.com. inspect school/center INSPECTION I+8w INITIAL SITE VISIT A two day visit by the Inspection Committee Day 1: 0800-1630 Day 2: 0800-1500 Discussion in groups addressing relevant questions Meeting with the students/course partcipants Visit of the school/center
Questions for the inspection will be identified along with the focus areas The latter part of the second day will be used to plan the upcoming inspection Discussion between the Inspection Committee and the school/centre regarding outcomes and the execution of the visit The Inspection Committee will share their reflections and points of view INSPECTION DAY Guard of Honour and welcome ceremony Short speech about the Inspection by Mil. Command for the Directorate of Education and Training and introduction of the Inspection Committee The Head of the School/Centre welcomes the Mil. Command for the Directorate of Education and Training and the Inspection Committee and gives a presentation of the school/centre Introduction of the staff The head of the Inspection Committee presents the agenda for the inspection Work in groups with different agenda points Meeting with the students/course partcipants
Visit of the school/center The Inspection Committee will come togther, share their reflections and write a First Impressions Report (FIR) The Inspection Committee will deliver the report to the school/center PERSPECTIVES ON QUALITY ASSURANCE
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