Professionalizing Activities and Learning. Towards the Acquisition of Professional Competences

By Anna Rubio Carbó and Núria Serrat.

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 10, pp.253-268. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 872.255KB).

Anna Rubio Carbó

Chief of Department, Innovation, Institute for LifeLong Learning, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Anna Rubio is currently in charge of the Innovation Department at IL3-UB (Institute for Life Long Learning of the University of Barcelona). For seven years previously, she was in charge of the Online Materials Production Department. A specialist in educational technology, she was an Associated Teacher at the Faculty of Pedagogy for eleven years in subjects related to educational technology. She is interested in mobile learning, professional learning, online processes, training design, web technology, authoring tools, audiovisual production, audiovisual communication, and publishing processes.

Núria Serrat

Teacher/Researcher, Departament Didàctica i Organització Educativa, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Dra. Núria Serrat is a researcher and Lecturer of Department of Didactics and Educative Organization at the University of Barcelona (UB). She is in charge of the Coordination process of the Final Master Project at the Master of Heritage Management and Culture (UB). She is the assistant coordinator of the Research Group “Teacher Training and Educational Innovation”. She teaches at the Master of Higher Education (UB), the Research Master of Didactics, Training and Educational Evaluation (UB) and the Master of Heritage Management and Culture (UB). As of this publication, she has supervised 25 Final Master Projects and has published several books, articles and papers in Active Methodologies in Higher Education, Didactic Strategies, ICT in Higher Education and Life-Long Learning, and Heritage Education.

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