Theme 4: Qualifications, Skills & Competences
Why are Qualifications, Skills and Competences a precondition for a successful collaboration for institutions?
In a fast changing world employers want qualifications (skills and competences) developed quickly and collaboratively and delivered flexibly. Recent research indicates the need for more soft skills to be included in course design. Students also want more flexible and ‘personalised’ learning pathways. And the role of non-formal learning outside institutions has been increasing.
To achieve these aims there is a need for appropriate forums to quickly develop new qualifications and utilise different types of learning such as MOOCs, project based learning, problem-based learning, simulation learning, shadowing and coaching, serious games. An e-portfolio of activities, skills and competences could also be an output.
One major barrier to quicker course development turnaround times is bureaucracy. Nationally, validation and accreditation processes can be slow. Locally, education providers can lack autonomy in qualification design, internal quality assurance is often underdeveloped and programme boards need to involve more overtly all important stakeholders – providers, employers, students – working together.