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Educational Innovation

Tradition and recognition of teaching quality at the University

It is based on two main pillars:

  • An own education model that enhances students’ in-depth learning, based on the development of values and competences for their integration as active and responsible citizens and professionals.
  • The belief that training and teaching are based on the capacity of the University and its academic staff to learn and change, by innovating their teaching and assessment methods, and all the processes that support them.

What is Deusto Education Model?

We have our own Educational Framework that proposes an education model aimed at promoting an innovation process, both in the teaching and learning models in line with the innovation and convergence process that has been developed throughout Europe.


The teaching process and teaching competences

The teaching staff must be competent in:

  • Design and planning of the teaching-learning process,
  • Learning Management,
  • Tutorials and Assessment,
  • Revision and Improvement
  • All of the above with academic networking (i.e., working co-ordinately and collaboratively in pursuit of a common purpose).

For further information about the teaching staff competences, see the following document:

Quality enhancement of teaching-learning processes

The professional development of the teaching staff includes the necessary processes and activities to increase their knowledge and develop their skills and attitudes, in order to enhance students’ learning.

Moreover, Quality Agencies have co-ordinately developed the DOCENTIA programme at a national and regional level as a quality assurance system for teaching in higher education. The application and development of this programme at the University of Deusto has been contextualized and extended to its wider educational framework.

Thus, the University of Deusto has its own quality model for teaching planning, development and assessment, whose aim is to meet the current quality assurance requirements in the European Higher Education Area and to promote the professional development of the teaching staff within its university community.

Teaching Assessment Processes

Assessment is a key step in the teaching improvement process. According to the teaching quality assurance model, the UD has two different assessment processes:

  • TEACHING ASSESSMENT. It is an instrument for continuing revision and improvement. The aim is to assess teaching competences and the teaching staff, students, colleagues and academic heads participate in the assessment by completing the relevant surveys prepared to this purpose. The main objective is to assess the teaching competences.
  • The ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT provides access to the corresponding accreditation of teaching quality based on the quality standards approved by UD. This accreditation can be obtained at two levels:  


Educational Innovation Unit
Centenary Building, 1st floor,
Avda. de las Universidades, 24. 48007 Bilbao Tel.: 944 13 94 46innovacion.docente@deusto