Module 6.

Table of contents

The module is divided into two main parts: in the first one, the institutional background and the main features of the Bologna Process are presented; the second part deals with methodological issues related to the students’ learning experience in different European institutions. Finally, various activities and tasks are also integrated allowing students to get familiar with different aspects of European higher education and traditions. These activities will be available in the previous content units in order to put theory into practice.

The Bologna Declaration (1999) aims at making curricular structures, academic degrees and quality assurance standards more comparable, compatible and mutually recognizable throughout Europe. As a result, the so-called European Higher Education would become a reality; this new learning environment is also believed to boost students’ and graduates’ mobility throughout the Bologna participating countries, as their prior qualifications and degrees achieved in one country will be recognized for accessing further studies in a different country. Qualifications and mutual recognition of degrees are also meant to promote and foster mobility in the labour market, favouring graduate employability in the European territory.

The key elements of the Bologna Process will be addressed in the second part of this module, focusing on teaching and learning experiences, with special attention to competences development, employability issues and different teaching, learning and assessment formats in this new system.

Part 1: The instititutiona settings.

1. Introduction: The march towards the EHEA

2. From the Bologna Declaration to the Bologna Process: contents, goals and instruments.

3. The Bologna follow-ups: updating and expanding the Bologna Process.

4. The implementation of the Bologna Process.

Part 2: Methodological issues

1. Introduction

2. The concept of competence

3. Type of teaching and learning

3.1. Teaching and learning formats.

4. Teaching and learning methods

4.1. Teaching and learning methods: types

5. Assessment: Strategies, procedures and techniques