Most of our students pursue the interest of learning to find a new job or improve labour conditions. Thus, professional orientation is the backbone of learning process at the Institute for Lifelong Learning of the University of Barcelona (IL3-UB). Our methodological challenge is to guarantee professional development, meant as acquiring labour experience while being trained. Results are measured by students in terms of professional development and by their enterprises in terms of business impact.
The main characteristics of professionalizing activities identified in a IL3-UB report are: emerging from professional practice; centred in work-based needs of the professional profile; oriented to train complex labour situations; connected to professional sector contents; oriented to develop concrete professional competences and to explicit tacit knowledge; and creating informal learning processes. The report conclusions are currently being implemented in several long programmes, chosen for a pilot test research. After analyzing their methodological approach of every single programme, the conclusion is the need of incorporating professionalizing activities as a main axe in all of them. A work plan will help teaching staff redesign learning activities and implement them within this academic year. The objective is the further evaluation not only from staff and students point of view but from the institutional and the enterprises one.
|Keywords:||Professional Learning, Professionalising Activities, Work-based Activities, Lifelong Learning|
Chief of Department, Innovation, Institute for LifeLong Learning, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Teacher/Researcher, Departament Didàctica i Organització Educativa, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
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