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COVID-19 response: QAA publishes examples of international practice

Date: April 24 - 2020

Today QAA has published compiled examples of practice from higher education institutions around the world, looking at the various ways they have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arranged by country/territory, this information reflects the various types of practice and approaches that have been taken to learning and teaching, assessment and feedback, and student support in view of the pandemic. Currently, examples are provided from Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sweden and the United States of America.

Although the study demonstrates a wide range of approach, it also highlights common features of that have proved effective:

  • Students benefit from clear and easily accessible information provided by the institution
  • The specific needs of international students during this pandemic has been recognised and acted upon by many institutions
  • The accessibility of the technology and materials to study online from home is central to the success of remote/online learning and teaching.

More detail on these features can be found in our accompanying overview paper, which highlights some of the specific international practices.

This work follows the COVID-19 support and guidance we recently published on online delivery and the student experience, and on academic standards and supporting student achievement. Further advice on work-based learning and studying abroad, postgraduate awards and experience, and admissions, inductions and transitions will be published shortly.