STUDENTS INPUT INTO THE EVALUATION OF THEIR EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. Vjenceslav Pejša. ESIB - the National Unions of Students in Europe is the umbrella organisation of 50 national unions of students from 37 countries and through these members represent over 10 million students.
evaluates and accredits university programs, but it does not include
students. National agency for science and higher education is not fully functioning yet
- ECTS is measure for student workload required to achieve the
objectives of the programme
- The real student workload can be measured only by
continuous research among the students
- student overloading
- professors competing for ECTSs
- focus is not on the student workload
-some departments (cathedras) and professors.
- student overloading is considered to be a sign of faculty (university)prestige and prestige of the studying programme.
We can see from the results of a survey conducted by ESIB that the level of student involvement in quality assurance is very good in Nordic countries, while the worst practices exist in the countries of South-eastern Europe (although Bulgaria seems to be a positive exception), where students are generally not included in the quality assurance process. We can see that Croatia has a total lack of student involvement in quality assurance.
With the Bologna Process it started to becomemore widely known and was extended.
It is now known as the EuropeanCredit Transfer and Accumulation System.
The Bologna Process called forusing a credit system that is (at least) compatible with ECTS.
ECTS (like the Nordic and Baltic countries).
It is evident from the survey conducted by ESIB that the implementation of ECTS does not accurately reflect student workload practically in entire Europe with the exception of Nordic countries where the workload calculations are done in a realistic way. ECTS by definition is “a student-centered system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme of study”, and therefore cannot be assigned voluntarily or without significant student participation.