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  • ECTS, Diploma Supplement and Recognition TEMPUS IV 1st Training seminar, 14-15 April 2008, Parallel session Monica Nylund, Åbo Akademi University
    • - European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
    • Diploma Supplement
    European tools for curriculum reform and recognition of learning outcomes
    • European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
    • Introduced 1989
    • Credit transfer
    • Accumulation system
    • key elements:
    • - student workload
    • - learning outcomes
    • Substance of curricula
    • Recognition of periods of study abroad
    • Systematic way of describing an educational programme
    • Credits attached to components
    • Definition of credits varies
    • - Student workload (ECTS)
    • Learning outcomes (ECTS)
    • Contact hours
    Credit system
    • Helps universities organise and revise study programmes
    • Easily understandable and comparable degrees
    • Facilitates recognition
    • Makes the education more attractive for students from abroad – mobility of students
    • 66% of institutions in Europe use as an accumulation system
    • 75% of institutions in Europe use ECTS as a transfer system
    Why ECTS?
    • Main language of instruction is Swedish: necessary to offer courses taught in English
    • Student exchange agreements with foreign universities: today between 400 - 500 agreements
    • Incoming students: approx. 170, outgoing: 125
    • 2007-2008 approx. 160 courses lectured in English
    Åbo Akademi University: Information package/course catalogue
    • - Contacts with academic staff
    • - Earmarked funds for teaching in English (for 30 courses annually)
    • Specific academic fields of interest, levels
    • Information letters, reminders
    • Updating information, filling gaps
    • Course catalogue versus Welcome Guide
    Process of assembling information
    • General information : about institution, courses, research, history, geographical information
    • Academic information :
    • The system of higher education in Finland
    • Studying
    • Examination
    • Credits
    • Grading system
    • Academic freedom and academic responsibility
    • Academic year
    Contents of course catalogue
    • Student services :
    • Orientation course
    • Academic Advising sessions
    • Student tutors
    • Fees
    • Budgeting
    • Scholarships
    • Housing
    • Libraries and Student Facilities
    • The Career services
    Contents of course catalogue
    • How to apply?
    • Prerequisites
    • Application deadline
    • Welcome Package
    • Language course in Swedish
    • Contact information
    Contents of course catalogue
    • Each field of study in the catalogue is briefly presented
    • Help notes for academic departments, 2003:
    • Please describe the field of study
    • Do you offer courses lectured in English?
    • Could some courses be offered in English if there are enough interested students?
    • Which levels are used, please explain what they refer to
    • How many years of previous study in the field is required in order to attend courses
    • Do you provide guidance in English (e.g. for thesis work)?
    • Can international students participate in projects, laboratory work or seminars in English?
    Course information
    • Course title
    • Course code
    • Credits (ECTS)
    • Lecturer
    • Period: Autumn/Spring semester
    • Level: basic/intermediate/advanced
    • Target audience: Year 2 for example
    • Aim (learning outcome)
    • Entry requirements/Prerequisites
    • Contents
    • Form of assessment: Paper/Presentation/Examination/ Course Diary
    • Contact hours (how many hours of lectures)
    • Course literature
    Course information
    • Internet publication of catalogue early March
    • Updated continuously
    • Primary source of information for students who make a study plan
    • Printed Catalogue Mid-March
    • sent to all partner universities
    • Detailed course schedules in August
    • contact with departments
    • academic advising sessions: filling gaps, finalising study plans
    • E-mail list with information to students about courses continuously
    Course information
    • - Updated continuously
    • easy to navigate/ sorting information
    • links to partner universities
    • overview and general info as well as course information
    • Your “business card”/image!
    Website of international office
    • - Every student graduating since 2005 should receive automatically and free of charge
    • Improve international ‘transparency’
    • - Academic recognition of course units
    • Describes the nature, context, content, and status of the studies successfully completed
    • Understanding of different educational systems
    • Free from any value-judgments, equivalence statements or suggestions about recognition
    DS - Diploma Supplement
    • Free movement of students in the European Higher Education Area
    • Employability
    • Åbo Akademi University issues Diploma Supplements in English with each examination certificate
    • Slightly less than 50% of Higher Education Institutions in Europe issue a Diploma Supplement to graduating students
    Diploma Supplement
    • Recognition of student learning
    • principle of “mutual trust and confidence”
    • learning agreements
    • 47% of institutions report that some students have problems with the recognition of their credits gained abroad (Trends V, 2007)
    • Is ECTS being used correctly?
    • Institutional recognition procedures
    • Example: Procedures at Åbo Akademi University
    Challenges for recognition
    • Staffing and adequate resourcing
    • Updates, counselling, advising
    • Differences of structure of curricula, degrees and institutions
    • Diversity of systems and disciplines
    Challenges for recognition
  • Organise and promote the Bologna Process Clear definitions and clear terminology Effective use of existing recognition tools and networks Methods
  • Thank you!
    • Resources used for this presentation:
    • - Trends V: Universities shaping the European Higher Education Area,
    • EUA publications 2007
    • http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/rec_qual/recognition/in_en.html
    • http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/rec_qual/recognition/diploma_en.html
    • http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/socrates/ects/index_en.html