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The Student and her/his University: Before, During and After Learning Environment in a Broad Perspective. Presentation at the conference ”Making the European Higher Education Area a Reality: The Role of Students”, Moscow Nov 3, 2006 Lars Ekholm, PhD. Outline .

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The Student and her/his University: Before, During and AfterLearning Environment in a Broad Perspective

Presentation at the conference ”Making

the European Higher Education Area a

Reality: The Role of Students”, Moscow

Nov 3, 2006

Lars Ekholm, PhD

outline
Outline

Join me in a journey with a student from school, into university, onto the labour market and after!

  • Before

-Links between school and universities

-The age of beginners

- Social justice and widened access

- The student´s choice of study program

outline cont d
Outline (cont´d)
  • During

- The classroom learning environment

- The importance of good teachers

- Infrastructure: Premises

  • After

- Employment statistics, life-long learning, role of laymen

before university school
Before University (School)
  • Schools and universities:

Harmonious collaboration or separate worlds?

Closer links!

  • The age of beginners: 20, 25 or 35?

Age matters!

  • Widened access: ”,,, quality HE equally accessible to all…”

A Swedish example

the choice of study program
The Choice of Study Program

A mystery!

  • In theory: Information available at school, universities give correct, easily accessible information, rational decision-making
  • In practice: Influence from parents, friends, media, labour market prospects, individual preferences
the choice of study program cont d
The Choice of Study Program (cont´d)
  • What is the responsibility of the university - and of the student?

- Univ: Correct information about its

provision, also employment rates

- Student: Her/his decision. (Go by

interest, but do it well!)

classroom learning environment
Classroom Learning Environment
  • The ideal university learning environment: Well designed curricula, expectations and demands are clear, well trained and dedicated teachers most of them with a PhD, laboratories and classrooms in good shape, library, computing facilities
  • Financing studies: The ideal student can study full-time
  • How far away are we from the ideals? What choices do we make, what priorities?
classroom learning environment teachers
Classroom Learning Environment: Teachers
  • The proportion of PhDs? 100 %? 50%?
  • The balance between teaching and research for academic staff?
  • The pedagogical training of academic teachers
classroom learning environment premises
Classroom Learning Environment: Premises
  • Don´t forget the hardware of university planning: equipment and buildings

Good teachers in poor classrooms - or poor teachers in good classrooms?!

  • Investment decisions are important in university management
  • Different models for providing funds: Centralised - decentralised
after graduation
After Graduation
  • Employment statistics: A must
  • The ex-students´ contributions to curricular changes and improved learning environment
  • As active professionals ex-students return to Alma Mater as part of life-long learning strategy, in another learning environment
  • The professional ex-student is invited to sit on a program board, with prior experience!