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18 Feb 2019
Re-thinking language and communication skills in curriculum development
The University of Jyväskylä in Finland is redefining the role of language and communication skills in curriculum development and aiming to educate multilingual academic professionals. A university-wide strategic development plan creates a completely new, multilingual structure for language and communication studies. As Marja-Leena Laakso and Peppi Taalas tell us, this brings together different languages and combines content and language expertise in the curriculum design.
15 Feb 2019
The need to re-think research-based education
Research-based education is happening in Europe, but there are clear challenges with how it is defined and understood. Bjørn Stensaker from the University of Oslo breaks down the topic and makes some proposals on how to truly unite research and education.
14 Feb 2019
Common ground in European learning and teaching
As discussions are underway at the European Learning & Teaching Forum, EUA’s Tia Loukkola gives an overview of the extensive work taking place in the field, including reports, lessons learnt by EUA members and what the Bologna Process can bring to the field.
14 Feb 2019
Keeping universities relevant through active learning
Student-centered and active learning are a necessity for European universities to remain relevant to young people and society. Cecilia Christersson and Patricia Staaf of Malmö University discuss the need for further European collaboration in education, as well as in research on education and active learning.
05 Feb 2019
01 Feb 2019
The new professionalisation of the academic career in the context of the European Higher Education Area
The relationship between higher education institutions and society, as well as between learning and teaching, is evolving. This is driven by the changing ways in which students learn, different types of interaction in the classroom, and continuous adaptation to new developments and research. Romiță Iucu from the University of Bucharest examines this evolution in higher education and advocates for a new academic professional identity to transform careers.
28 Jan 2019
22 Jan 2019
EU’s just transition demands life-long learning
Life-long learning is increasingly a necessity if workers are to remain competitive in today’s high-skilled job markets. Martin Jefflén, President of Eurocadres, makes the case that all responsible actors should ensure that European citizens have access to continuous skills development.
17 Jan 2019
Valorising teaching, beyond our own higher education institution
Higher education institutions have been and are investing in finding a better balance between the valorisation of teaching and research. The example of KU Leuven, in Belgium, shows that even though an institution puts a lot of effort in honouring teaching in an appreciative way, it may not be experienced that way by the academics. Saartje Creten, an educational developer at the university, explains why engaging with other European higher education institutions on these matters proves that, while investing in the valorisation of teaching at the institutional level is indispensable, it is complementary and useful to look into the topic beyond the boundaries of one’s own institution.
16 Jan 2019