Quality Criteria for Certification of Modules and Courses in Further Education

The award of an ASIIN seal for modules and courses in further education, with a focus on Technical and Natural Sciences as well as their Economic and Business combinations, is based on pre-defined standards that document the quality expectations for those types of educational services.

These standards are subjected to a revision on a regular basis and are updated according to current developments and knowledge from the certification practice. The version effective at the the finalisation of the contract for the procedure is always the version to be applied.

They take into account the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). These refer to the higher education area, however they can be applied at least in part and in logic to other providers of (further) education.

The standards are published here and include ASIIN’s audit approach for the certification of courses. They also include the requirements for such educational services that must be fulfilled for obtaining the quality certificate, as well as the principles on which the certification procedure is designed:

How does the audit take place?

The foundation for the ASIIN procedure consists of the provider’s self-evaluation on the respective module or course (Self-Evaluation Report) and a peer-review by the auditors. A site-visit by the audit team is an intrinsic part of every procedure.

During the audit procedure, standards in six essential areas are being examined:

  • Content concept and its implementation
  • Structures and methods (including didactics)
  • System, concept and design of assessments
  • Resources
  • Quality management
  • Documentation

The central focus is the examination of consistency: the auditors evaluate to what extent the provider is able to achieve the objectives set by itself and if the available content and resources contribute to this.

The detailed description of the procedure can be found here and in the included guide.