EUSL-Energy (European Union, Sri Lanka) is an Erasmus+ capacity building project that aims to create a joint, stackable, and accredited MSc program in the country of Sri Lanka. The theme of the MSc program is Energy for Circular Economy. It aims to have a direct impact on the energy-sector in Sri Lanka. The consortium exists of four universities in Sri Lanka, the Swedish digital learning materials platform Learnify, and several higher education institutions in the European Union, such as the University of Twente. The four universities in Sri Lanka jointly organize the MSc program, which has been officially accredited in Sri Lanka in 2022. While the teachers from the four Sri Lankan universities form the backbone of the MSc program, they are assisted by academics and teachers from the European Union universities in creating content, quality assurance, and the dissemination of project results.
The MSc program is developed on Learnify, an open digital learning platform, and displayed on Moodle, a shared learning environment. The courses that are developed are supposed to be re-usable learning units. The goal of the MSc program is to address the challenges within the energy transition sector in an emerging economic country.
In April 2023, the MSc program has officially started in Sri Lanka. With 120 students in the program, our efforts have been put into practice.
University of Twente Role: BUILDING THE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROCESS SYSTEM
As the work package leader of the quality improvement process, the University of Twente builds a self- and peer-review system that allows for teachers to verify and quality-check each other's courses. The teachers conduct a self-evaluation which is an automatic and manual process. They request peers in their field to review their modules after the self-evaluation. The system was built as an internal quality assurance system, in an education context which is affected by digitalization and lifelong learning.
Our system grants courses quality badges after passing both review processes, to safeguard the quality of educational materials in a shared learning environment. Depending on the grade of the peer reviewer, the teacher may get a bronze, silver, gold or platinum badge, which he or she can upload to their learning resource. Moreover, the platform also allows for student reviews of the courses.
We are also involved in creating the stackable learning approach framework. Besides that, we contribute to the MSc program's content by creating digital materials on professional ethics and responsibility. In this course, students will focus on professional ethics and technology. The course is intended to increase reflexivity of prospective engineers in their profession.
Jeroen Vonk – Project researcher
Robert Muster – Project researcher
Sjoerd de Vries – Project researcher