Going Global 2018 session
Monday 01 June 2020 - 09:00 to Wednesday 30 September 2020 - 23:00

This event took place on 10 June at 2pm, UK time.

Moving teaching online is more than just a switch to Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  Together with the change of delivery platforms, universities have to consider the pedagogy, methods, tools and models of online teaching in order to maximise the effects of a virtual learning environment. How can universities ensure the quality to achieve satisfactory results for students and academic staff in regards to this new model of teaching?

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on universities across the world.  Higher Education institutions had to respond to the pandemic very quickly. During this session we will bring together sector experts to discuss quality teaching online.

This session was delivered by the British Council's Wider Europe team as part of their higher education dialgoue series. Ayşen Güven, Director of Education at British Council Turkey, chaired this session which brought together sector experts to discuss quality teaching online. Our speakers were:

  • Douglas Blackstock - Chief Executive, Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
  • Prof Diana Laurillard - Institute of Education at University College London
  • Prof Dr Muzaffer Elmas - President of the Turkish Higher Education Quality Council
  • Irma Grdzelidze - Head of the Quality Assurance Office at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University


Ayşen Güven

Director Education, British Council Turkey

Ayşen has been working intensively on improving the quality of English Provision in the higher education sector in Turkey at national and institutional level with both Turkish and UK partners. Prior to her work at the British Council, she worked at Bilkent University in Turkey for 20 years as a teacher, trainer and supervisor focusing on English for Academic Purposes (EAP), specialising in EAP curriculum design and implementation.


Douglas Blackstock

Chief Executive, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

Douglas has been QAA’s Chief Executive since October 2015.  His work includes leading QAA’s contribution to the current changes to the policy, regulatory and quality landscape in England and across the UK, and the Agency’s role in developing the Teaching Excellence Framework alongside other sector partners. Douglas joined QAA in 2002 as Director of Administration, and has subsequently held the roles of Director of Resources and Chief Operating Officer and was Company Secretary from 2002 to 2016.

Prof Diana Laurillard

Institute of Education, University College London (UCL)

Diana is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the London Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education, leading externally-funded research projects on developing a learning design support environment for teachers, and developing software interventions for learners with low numeracy and dyscalculia. This work relates closely to her roles as Pro Director for Open Mode learning, and as a founder member of the Planning Board for the cross-institutional Centre for Educational Neuroscience.

Prof Dr. Muzaffer Elmas

President, Turkish Higher Education Quality Council

Prof. Elmas is the first President of Turkish Higher Education Quality Council which was founded at 23 July 2015. Prof. Elmas is a member of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Earthquake Advisory Board and the Council of Higher Education (CoHE) Vocational Qualifications Institution, the chair of the Inter-University Council Education Commission and a permanent member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences.

Irma Grdzelidze

Head of Quality Assurance Office, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Irma Grdzelidze is the Head of the Quality Assurance Office at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Her field of expertise is IQM in higher education. In 2014-2019 she was an Expert of Accreditation and Authorization at the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement. Irma Grdzelidze has been Higher Education Reform Expert for Erasmus Plus since 2015. 

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