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ERIC Number: ED542061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 66
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISBN: ISBN-978-9-5255-3935-6
ISSN: ISSN-1458-1051
Learning Outcomes: Common Framework--Different Approaches to Evaluation Learning Outcomes in the Nordic Countries. Joint Nordic Project 2007-2008, by the Nordic Quality Assurance Network for Higher Education (NOQA). ENQA Occasional Papers 15
Gallavara, G.; Hreinsson, E.; Kajaste, M.; Lindesjoo, E.; Solvhjelm, C.; Sorskar, A. K.; Zadeh, M. Sedigh
ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education)
The adoption of the Bologna process has influenced the development of quality assurance across many countries in Europe. In particular, the implementation of the Framework for Qualifications in the European Higher Education Area has stimulated discussion about the three cycle model, which uses generic descriptors for each cycle based on learning outcomes and competences. This in turn has led both agencies and institutions to seek to further define and understand the terms "learning outcomes" and "competencies" for use in their own national situations. This trailblazing report by the Nordic Quality Assurance Network in Higher Education makes a valuable contribution to expanding agencies' knowledge and understanding of the concept of learning outcomes, by examining the Nordic perspective. It outlines how the Nordic higher education institutions are currently working on developing and implementing learning outcomes, and focuses on preparations under way at the quality assurance agencies for future work to evaluate those outcomes. The value of learning outcomes has been recognised by all players--agencies, institutions, students, ministries--but in the future, measuring learning outcomes may prove to be both the greatest challenge, and the greatest reward. Appended are: (1) Questions to the agencies; (2) Questions to the institutions; and (3) The education systems in the Nordic counties. (Contains 5 figures and 11 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: European Commission
Authoring Institution: European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)