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

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