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Development of Expertise / SKE

A member of an examination board is expected to have the expertise to be able to adequately carry out all tasks and responsibilities associated with this role. This involves among others knowledge of the law, knowledge of the role, tasks and responsibilities of an examination board member, knowledge of UT and programme-specific regulations regarding testing and graduation, as well as knowledge of the way in which the quality of testing can be safeguarded and tha way to ensure that graduates meet the intended final qualifications. Members should also be able to establish regulations regarding some articles in the EER and to establish guidelines for examiners with regard to assessing work of students and exams and the awarding of a grade. So a great deal is expected in terms of knowledge and skills.

Since 2012, after the role of the examination boards has been considerably reinforced by law, training courses and meetings have been organized at the UT for members of examination boards. Initially for all examination boards, later only as tailor-made training and on request. These tailor-made training courses or workshops can still be requested and are offered by the Centre of Expertise in Learning and Teaching (CELT). 

At the initiative and request of the chairman of the joint examination committees of the faculty of EEMCS, a Senior Examination Qualification trajectory (in Dutch: Senior Kwalificatie Examinering; SKE) was set up in 2016 and was for the first time offered in 2017. 
The SEQ is modelled on Dutch SKE trajectories which are organized more frequently in particularly at universities of applied sciences (hbo instellingen). These trajectories and the certification are based on the requirements established by the "Expertgroep BKE/SKE*" in 2013, by commission of the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (Vereniging van Hogescholen). For the University of Twente the trajectory is adapted to the academic university situation and especially the UT setting.

 The SEQ is intended in particular for staff in higher education who, at curriculum level, have the task and responsibility of ensuring or safeguarding the quality of assessment and the assessment processes and who are responsible for securing that graduates have achieved the intended final level of the degree programmes. This could include, for example, programme directors, programme coordinators, quality assurance staff, examination board members, and educational advisors.

In this video Arend Rensink, then chairman of the joint examination committees of the faculty of EEMCS and initiator of the SKE trajectory explains the reason for the launch of a SKE trajectory.  

Part of the SKE programme, is a symposium in which the participants publicly share the results of a more in-depth study into a theme in the field of ensuring or safeguarding the quality of assessment. To learn more about the results of the symposia in 2017 and 2018, take a look at the following websites (NB. Not all posters and presentations are available in English):  SKE symposium 2017  and SKE symposium 2018
More information about the SKE-trajectory and certification can be found [here] (NB. For the time being in Dutch; this will be translated in due course in English).

February 2019 the SKE trajectory started for the third time. Given the Dutch-speaking participants until now, the programme has so far been offered in Dutch. In the future, the programme will be offered in English. 

 *Verantwoord toetsen en beslissen in het hoger beroepsonderwijs. Een voorstel voor een programma van eisen voor een basis- en seniorkwalificatie examinering (BKE/SKE). Expertgroep BKE/SKE in opdracht van de Vereniging Hogescholen, oktober 2013.