Teaching Qualification Assessment and Examination in an International Classroom

The course Teaching Qualification Assessment and Examination in an International Classroom (TQA-IC) is aimed at teachers at Universities of Applied Sciences (in Dutch: HBO) who are currently actively involved in teaching and assessing students in the international classroom. This course is equivalent to the official teaching qualification examination course for teachers of applied sciences (in Dutch: Basiskwalificatie Examinering (BKE)). This course is unique in the sense that it combines the teaching qualification assessment-examination course with a focus on assessment in the international classroom.

The course can be combined with the course Teaching in Higher Education in an International Classroom (THE-IC) to acquire a didactic teaching qualification for teaching in Universities of Applied Sciences (in Dutch : BasisKwalifatie Didactische Bekwaamheid (BDB)). 


There will be four sessions of 4 hours (session 1 and 2 are combined in one day). During the sessions we will discuss the themes and competences that are related to the assessment of the TQA-IC qualification.  You will be asked to do assignments and to read literature in preparation for these sessions. Meanwhile you are working on your TQA-IC portfolio. Two main constructs are used in this course: the Quality Pyramid for contemporary assessment and the Assessment Cycle. You will use the Assessment Cycle for designing, administrating and evaluating your own assessments. You will use the Quality Pyramid for your own assessments in order to justify that your assessments fit into the exam policy and exam programmes of your department and the institute.


  • Session 1 and 2: Introduction: what is assessment? We will discuss important concepts in the field of assessment (i.e., constructive alignment, validity, reliability, and transparency) and introduce the assessment cycle. We will discuss quality criteria for constructing good exam questions that fit the intended learning outcomes. In addition, we will discuss the Quality pyramid for contemporary assessment in the context of an international classroom.
  • Session 3: Adapting your assignments. We will focus on how the Dutch grading system differs from other systems throughout the world. In addition, we will work on adapting your own assignments and assessments for the international classroom, and introduce rubrics as a means to assess complex skills.
  • Session 4: Test analysis. We will focus on test analysis as a means to examine the (statistical) quality of your own assessments. We will use peer feedback on your concept TQA-IC portfolios in which we focus on your justification and reflection on the choices you have made.


After you have successfully finished this programme, you will be able to:

  • Justify the choices made regarding your assessments/exams in relation to the assessment policy of the department of the institute;
  • Critically analyse your assessments in comparison to the course objectives and to relevant learning tracks in the programme;
  • Identify the consequences of the assessment programme for the content, form and level of the course assessment; 
  • Identify the consequences of the assessment programme for your international classroom;
  • Improve the quality of your assessments by using the assessment cycle and by analysing your assessment results;
  • Relate different grading cultures to the Dutch grading system in higher education;
  • Reflect on the choices you have made by using relevant literature and didactical frameworks that are applicable to your own assessment practice with a focus on the international classroom.


Teachers of Universities of Applied Sciences who teach in an international classroom.


Around 60 hours (course meetings: 16 hours, self study: 8 hours, preparing your BKE portfolio and assessment: 36 hours)


  • 12 February  2019 (combined with TQA-IC)
  • 19 February 2019
  • 5 March 2019
  • Portfolio Assessment: 20 March 2019 (could be combined with THE-IC)
  • Portfolio Assessment: 27 March 2019
  • Portfolio Assessment: 4 April 2019 


€ 1280,-


Participants receive a Teaching Qualification Assessment and Examination in Higher Education (TQA-IC, in Dutch: BKE) when all sessions have been attended and the portfolio shows that the applicant masters all necessary competencies for obtaining the Qualification Examination in Higher Education in an International Classroom.


Please fill in the application form before 22 October 2018.