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ECTS at Vienna University of Technology Overview ECTS – the basic idea ECTS & Bologna process (further development) ECTS – key features, tools and key persons ECTS at TU Wien (history and current situation) Documents and reports on ECTS ECTS – the basic idea

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overview
Overview
  • ECTS – the basic idea
  • ECTS & Bologna process (further development)
  • ECTS – key features, tools and key persons
  • ECTS at TU Wien (history and current situation)
  • Documents and reports on ECTS
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ECTS – the basic idea
  • Tool to support European mobility within ERASMUS (“organising diversity”)
  • Set up in 1989 and tested in a pilot group
  • System for credit transfer based on the workload of courses

Aims of ECTS I

    • to create transparency of curricula
    • to facilitate the compatibility of different study programmes
    • to work as a basic tool for the recognition of courses completed at different institutions (for the home curriculum)
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ECTS & Bologna Process (further development)
  • Expansion to a credit accumulation system (also on national level)
  • Generalised credit system and corner stone of the

European Higher Education Area

Aims of ECTS II (“European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System”)

    • supports credit transfer and mobility between different sectors (university - non university sector) on national and international level – pilot project!
    • supports credit transfer between different learning-environments (e.g. distance learning, self studies, work experience etc.) – pilot project!
    • improves transparency of qualifications (together with the “Diploma Supplement”)
    • facilitates access to the labour market
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ECTS – key features, tools and key persons

ECTS key features

  • Credit:
    • defines the workload which an average full time student has to fulfil in order to complete a course successfully.
    • credits are allocated to all educational components (e.g. internships, diploma thesis, doctoral thesis etc.)
    • credits do not define the value, importance or quality of courses.
    • credits are not automatically interchangeable. They have to constitute on an approved part of a study program (e.g. ECTS-learning agreement).
  • Workload:
    • includes time in the class room, projects, laboratory work, home exercises and preparation for exams.
    • the workload of a whole academic year is defined with 60 credits.
    • 1 credit stands for around 25 – 30 working hours.
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ECTS – key features, tools and key persons

ECTS key features

  • Learning outcomes
    • a set of competences which should define the objectives of a course (“what will a student know, understand or able to do after successful completion of a course”).
    • competences can be specific or general.
    • formulated by the academic staff.
    • described in the ECTS-information package
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ECTS – key features, tools and key persons

ECTS tools

  • Information Package/Course Catalogue
    • describes the study programme in the local language and in English.
    • document for students and staff – national and international
    • if possible: paper and web-version
    • Chapters:
      • I) Information on the institution: name, address, academic calendar, academic authorities, admission requirements, main university regulations,…)
      • II) Information on Degree Programmes
        • General: admission requirements, educational & professional goals, exam regulations, access to further studies, final exam, qualification awarded
        • Description of course units: title, code, type, level, year of study, no. of credits, content and learning outcomes, pre-requisites, teaching method, language of instruction, reading list
      • III) General information for students: costs of living, accommodation, offices for student support (students union, int. office, , insurance, facilities for special needs, practical information for mobile students, language courses, sport facilities,…
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ECTS – key features, tools and key persons

ECTS tools

  • ECTS Student Application Form
    • developed for mobile students
    • Contains all essential information for the host institution
  • Learning Agreement
    • developed for mobile students, spending a limited period of time at a university in another country
    • contains the study plan abroad.
    • “learning contract” signed by the student and the academic advisors at home and host institution.
    • guarantees the transfer of credits from host- to home institution
    • in addition: a recognition sheet (list of equivalent subjects at home) is recommended.
    • equivalent < - > identical!
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ECTS – key features, tools and key persons

ECTS tools

  • Transcript of Records
    • format for recording student activities (list of courses)
      • for outgoing students: issued by the home institution as information for the host institution (“ what has the student done at home before the study abroad period”)
      • for incoming students: issued by the host institution as information for the home institution (“what has the student done abroad”)
    • content:
      • code of course unit
      • title of course unit
      • duration of course unit
      • local grade
      • ECTS grade
      • ECTS credits
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ECTS – key features, tools and key persons

ECTS tools

  • ECTS Grading Scale
    • allows to compare different national grading systems
    • supports transfer of grades from one national system to another
    • “a common point of reference”
    • assessment follows a statistical ranking of students who passed the exam:
      • A 10% students
      • B 25% students
      • C 30% students
      • D 25% students
      • E 10% students
      • FX, F failed
    • working with the ECTS grading scale needs a certain amount of flexibility
  • ECTS Label
    • awarded to institutions which use ECTS in all degree programmes according to the ECTS principles
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ECTS – key features, tools and key persons

ECTS key persons

  • ECTS-Institutional Coordinator
    • promotion of ECTS within the institution
    • ensures the institution`s commitment on ECTS
    • co-ordinates ECTS-activities
  • ECTS-Departmental Coordinator
    • contact person on ECTS for students and staff on departmental level
    • should be part of the commission who is responsible for the allocation of credits to lectures
    • working with ECTS-documents (learning agreement, transcripts etc.)
  • ECTS-Counsellors
    • ECTS-experts and Bologna promoters on national level
    • Prepare institutions for ECTS (or the ECTS-label)
ects at tu wien history and current situation
ECTS at TU Wien (history and current situation)

History

  • 1991 – 1995 Participation in the ECTS pilot group in Chemistry (but no institutional commitment!)
  • 1992 Production of info-packages for all fields of study (ECTS model)
  • 1993 – 1996 Extension of ECTS to Physics, Electrical Engineering and Architecture
  • 1999 Visit of ECTS-counsellors
  • 1.1.2002ECTS becomes national law (by University Act)
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ECTS at TU Wien (history and current situation)

Current Situation

  • ECTS is mainly used as a tool for exchange programmes
  • ECTS is not used as a (national/institutional) accumulation system
  • Some ECTS elements are adapted to national and institutional situation:
    • ECTS Credits are allocated to all fields of study (by study commission)
    • Definition of Credits sometimes only reflect contact hours
    • Information package = “Welcome Guide” for foreign students

(produced by int. office)

http://www.ai.tuwien.ac.at/int/guide.html

= “Electronic Course Book”

(produced by office for study affairs and central computing unit)

http://tuwis.tuwien.ac.at/

    • Student Application form = (national) ERASMUS-student application form
    • Learning Agreement = “pre-recognition form” (signed by student and dean of studies)
    • Transcript of Records = “Sammelzeugnis” (issued by office for studies and admissions)
    • ECTS Grading Scale = used for a “point of reference” (does not replace national system)
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ECTS at TU Wien (history and current situation)

ECTS – positive experiences:

  • ECTS is the only tried and tested credit system on an European scale so far
  • ECTS creates transparency of curricula (info-packages)
  • ECTS allows to compare workloads (credits)
  • ECTS is a common “spoken and understood language” within mobility programmes (“you can not allow yourself to ignore ECTS”)

Problems with ECTS (at TU Wien):

  • ECTS creates additional administrative work (learning agreements, transcript of records)
  • Allocation of credits to course units is a long-winding process.
  • Therefore: ECTS needs institutional commitment and co-ordination!
  • Difference between official and average duration of studies causes problems in fulfilling the ECTS workload (60/30)
documents and reports on ects
Documents and reports on ECTS
  • ECTS pages of the European Commission

(user guides, FAQs, documents etc.)

http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/programmes/socrates/ects/index_en.html

  • The Zurich conference on ECTS (10.2002 – by the European University Association)

http://www.ects-conference.ethz.ch/index.asp

  • Tuning Educational Structures in Europe (pilot project under SOCRATES: learning outcomes, competences, workload, quality – reflecting the Bologna process)

http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/policies/educ/tuning/tuning_en.html