Annual report on the educational assignments including quality plan for 2022
The NVS Educational committee (UN) have submitted the annual report of the educational assignment for first and second cycle education to the KI Committee for Higher Education.
The report for the educational assignments contains the following for 2021:
- Eight UN meetings were held during 2021. Besides decisions on curriculum syllabus and educational assignments, items on the agenda included challenges related to the pandemic, issues regarding clinical placements, regulations for examination and distance education.
- Regarding teacher competence, we have reported that there should be time allowed in teaching positions for competence development, the goal is for all teachers to have 15 hp in pedagogy. Some division faces challenges with teacher retirements.
- There are now student representatives for the different committees including the UN. Representatives have been missing periodically. Digital meetings with students have been conducted continuously during the year.
- Financial resources in connection with research-based education have contributed to teachers with heavy teaching loads being able to expand the research foundation in education. Several teachers have been able to conduct pedagogical research and development.
- In regard to pedagogical development and teaching facilities, digital education has had pros and cons. The unit for Teaching and Learning (UoL) have supported some divisions more than others, the support is in general satisfactory.
- Equal opportunities: The representatives for the study programmes have worked on increasing accessibility in the learning platform Canvas regarding layout, design and usage. Some of the programmes have also established focus on teaching equal opportunities; continuous development is ongoing.
- At several divisions, plans for integrating sustainable development in the educational curriculums are in place, in teaching activities and examinations. During 2021, sustainability goals are also communicated to teachers, course leaders and examinators.
- Regarding sizing of current education and possible future development, there are at the moment no plans to expanded, due to the lack of clinical placements and teaching capacity. Discussion of current offerings and possible additions for the catalogue of freestanding courses is ongoing, with cross-divisional meetings.
- Professional education is offered in part with the intention to strengthen areas which is currently lacking, as well as to support the need in health care and welfare. Teacher shortage and finances are challenges.
The quality plan for 2022 states that quality work in our educational assignments for first and second cycle education continues to develop, and that programmes and courses maintain high quality. Besides continuing challenges related to the pandemic, the biggest challenges have been to maintain the high quality despite a lack of qualitative clinical placements in relation to the number of students, but above all a risk of insufficient teaching capacity which is a reality in certain main areas. The department has during the year initiated an operational plan including activities to face these challenges. The work will continue during 2022 with joint involvement from department, divisions, and study progammes.
There are three priority areas:
- to establish a new organization for educational economy
- recruit, maintain and provide competence development for employees in education at first and second cycle
- widen the teacher base at NVS and increase opportunities for teaching.