CURRICULUM DESIGN AND RECOGNITION OF PERIODS OF STUDY ABROAD: ECTS PROCEDURES Maria Sticchi Damiani. www.bolognaprocess.i t. ECTS and the Bologna Process.
RECOGNITION OF PERIODS OF STUDY ABROAD: ECTS PROCEDURES
Maria Sticchi Damiani
The general use of the European Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (ECTS) is one of the objectives of the Bologna Process for the creation of the European Higher Education Area
ECTS creditsare based on the workload students need in order to achieve expected learning outcomes
Learning outcomesdescribe what a learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do after successful completion of a process of learning.
Workloadindicates the time students typically need to complete all learning activities (such as lectures, seminars, projects, practical work, independent study and examinations) required to achieve the expected learning outcomes.
Credits may be accumulatedby students with a view to obtaining qualifications, as decided by the degree-awarding institution.
Partner institutions should agree in advance on the recognition of periods of study abroad.
as well as the Diploma Supplement
Therefore, a flexible approach to recognition of credits obtained in another context is recommended. ‘Fair recognition’ rather than perfect equivalence is to be sought.
Suggestions for institutions on recognition of periods of study abroad in the framework of bilateral agreements
Selection of partner institutions
Agreements should be made with institutions
In order to structure mobility into your currricula:
Appoint an academic in each departement or subject area who has the authority to:
Before the departure of the student the responsible academic will:
Analysis of the distribution curve of the marks awarded in each Department or Programme of study over two or three years
Correct procedures for the development of programmes of study abroad and for academic recognition are a basic requirement for quality in student mobility.