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Verkkovirta - Developing Future Competencies in Networks between HEIs and Work

Verkkovirta - Developing Future Competencies in Networks between HEIs and Work
Verkkovirta - Tunnistaa ja kehittää uusia toimintamalleja opintojen aikaisen työn opinnollistamiseen.

Finnish society is changing. Today higher education institutions (HEI) play an essential role in society together with work: creating new knowledge, transferring it to students, re-training employees and fostering innovations. However, stronger ties and connections between institutions and work is necessary and needed in order to implement competence-based education. This requires new way of thinking and new forms of interacting and working. In Finland, the common approaches to link the workplace with practice-oriented higher education have been work placement, workplace learning and thesis processes. In reality, it means that educational practices at HEIs make use of schoollike methods in trying to teach workplace practices. A new kind of approach is needed throughout the whole field of practice-oriented higher education.

The aims of the project are:

  • to develop and disseminate the model of studyfying: recognizing and validating of learning at work. Studyfying does not include work placement.
  • to formalize learning at work as part of the studies at HEI
  • to recognize and disseminate new approaches to developing, planning and implementing workplace learning in higher education
  • to develop a model of HEI – work -partnership, which enables combining workplace learning with studying resulting in graduation and employment
  • to improve student services, which support educational equality and promote flexibility in transitions between education and work

Methods that promote inclusion, social and cultural sustainability, well-being and ability to function are emphasized at all levels of the project work. The core results of the project are new flexible, integrative and connective models and tools for studyfying work in higher education.

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Project name: Verkkovirta - developing future competencies in networks between HEIs and work

Coordinator: Haaga-Helia
Project Manager: Hannu Kotila, Haaga-Helia School of Vocational Teacher Education

Duration: 5/2015 - 12/2017
Partners: Jyväskylän Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Oulun ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Kymenlaakson ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Lahden ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Centria-ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Hämeen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Lapin ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Seinäjoen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu Oy,  Saimaan ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Laurea-ammattikorkeakoulu Oy, Turun ammattikorkeakoulu Oy

Financier: European Union, European Social Fund