Conference ‘Creating Relevant Learning Experiences; employers’ involvement with higher education’

Starts on: 14 June 2018
Ends on: 15 June 2018
Title: Conference ‘Creating Relevant Learning Experiences; employers’ involvement with higher education’
Organiser: EURASHE, UALL Work and Learning network, BEEHiVES project
Place: Leuven (Belgium)
Date: 14 Jun 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
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 EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences and university colleges, national and sectorial associations of higher education institutions, and other individual institutions, such as universities.

The conference is a collaboration between EURASHE www.eurashe.eu, the UK Universities Association for Lifelong Learning, Work and Learning network https://www.uallworkandlearning.org/, and the BEEHiVES project https://beehives.de

 About the Conference

The conference contributes to approaches that higher education, employers and other stakeholders can take to structure and implement strategies and curricula to enable students and employees to learn through, for and in work environments. Work-integrated learning (WIL), work-based learning (WBL) and apprenticeships have already started to develop these relationships and the conference looks at the key skills employers look for, and how these essential competencies can be embedded in HEIs’ curricular and structures. 

The conference will offer expertise and discussion to provide practitioners, educational managers and policy makers with the opportunity to gain greater insight into how the challenges and gaps of work and learning issues can be overcome and to develop the pedagogy and systems to the benefit of engagement with learning for and in work. The conference will disseminate the findings of the Beehives Project and draw upon the expertise of academics in the field through papers and presentations.

Conference’s focus

How can there be effective co-operation between the fields of education and the world of work? How can companies and enterprises become more engaged with work based and work integrated learning? How can students both contribute and be served by the strategic triangle of work, students and education? These will be the main issues of the conference.

The importance of work-based and work-integrated learning is that it helps develop skills and abilities that are fit for our modern day lives and can assist people in being prepared for and finding professional roles. According to the statistics, in countries where apprenticeship or dual training represents a larger part of the education system, youth unemployment is lower and graduates participated in work oriented training programmes spend less time without jobs. Although these work-based and work-integrated learning practices clearly offer an advantage, they are still not widespread practises in Europe.

The conference focus is on practical issues such as involving companies in dual training, and looking into their motivation and fears. Participants of the work-shops will discuss how to boost collaboration between the different parties and how dual training can provide a work-force that is productive and committed to the employer and professional field. 

Presenters will discuss the associated general conditions for the role and responsibility of the stakeholders involved (the state, companies, trade unions, learners) and to identify joint elements of the strategic collaboration and the major themes in various models of education.  One main focus will be the role of companies as the bodies that play a crucial role in the strategic triangle and dual training or other system models.

Presentations, discussions and papers may raise the following questions:

  • How can University Business Cooperation be strengthened?
  • How can the necessary key-competences be embedded into curriculum initiatives?
  • What strategies can be used for curricula to adapt to current and emerging labour market needs?

Participants

EURASHE expects to attract expert participants from European professional higher education institutions, European stakeholders, business representatives and other stakeholders from the world of work.

You can download the full rationale for the conference here

The conference contributes to approaches that higher education, employers and other stakeholders can take to structure and implement strategies and curricula to enable students and employees to learn through, for and in work environments. Work-integrated learning (WIL), work-based learning (WBL) and apprenticeships have already started to develop these relationships and the conference looks at the key skills employers look for, and how these essential competencies can be embedded in HEIs’ curricular and structures. 

The conference will provide expertise and discussion to provide practitioners, educational managers and policy makers with the opportunity to gain greater insight into how the challenges and gaps of work and learning issues can be overcome and to develop the pedagogy and systems to the benefits of engagement with learning for and in work. The conference will disseminate the findings of the Beehives Project https://beehives.de and draw upon the expertise of academics in the field through papers and presentations.

Conference Themes:

  • University Business Cooperation (UBC)/ Employer engagement
  • Apprenticeships and work-based Learning
  • Internships and placements involving employers and stakeholders
  • Policy developments in professionally oriented higher education
  • Pedagogies for a professional practice oriented curriculum
  • Students’ work-based projects
  • Work-based curricula and assessments

A key part of the EU Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education (HE) is a reform of HE to meet the requirements of the labour market with emphasis on relevant skills, qualifications and graduates’ employability. A problem lies in the lack of a strong cooperation, understanding and interaction between institutions and businesses. Reflecting that, various new types and forms of professionally-oriented HE have emerged, mostly at level 5 and 6 of EQF for example, degree apprenticeships, placements, internships and innovative curriculum developments but also across all H.E. levels, for example access courses that span levels 3 and 4; 5 and 6; and at the other end of the spectrum professionally oriented Masters degrees, Professional Doctorates and Industrial PhDs. The dynamics of these developments have led to a raising of awareness of the needs of HE students in relation to their future careers with some qualifications traditionally falling within the HE remit and new qualifications being developed, yet the whole new dynamic of these initiatives still needs to be clarified and defined and adopted across Europe.

Work-based and work-integrated learning and dual / cooperative training in all its forms is a flexible tertiary education model that serves the various interests of society. These are the educational remit of the state, the requirement of trade and industry for highly qualified skilled workers, the opportunity for both young people and older people to continually develop their learning in a practically oriented manner. effective co-operation between the fields of education and the world of work, companies and enterprises becoming more engaged with work based and work integrated learning, students both contributing and being served by a strategic triangle of university, student and employer will be the main issues of the conference along with how existing models can be developed further. The results of the conference are a contribution towards generating or specifying policies and good practices in collaboration among the three stakeholder; H.E Institutions, world of work and students.

The importance of work-based and work-integrated learning is that it helps develop skills and abilities that are fit for our modern day lives and can assist people in being prepared for and finding professional roles. According to the statistics, in countries where apprenticeship or dual training represents a larger part of the education system, youth unemployment is lower and graduates participated in work oriented training programmes spend less time without jobs. Although these work-based and work-integrated learning practices clearly offer an advantage, they are still not widespread practises in Europe.

The proposed approach of the three conference partners refers to all levels of the QF European Higher Education Area (EHEA), embracing other providers where relevant offering high level qualifications. It should also be noted that the situation and challenges of work-based learning and dual training differs in countries in Europe. There is agreement that the common distinctiveness and underlying strength of HE provision should be its strong systematic engagement and integration with practice, particularly the world of work and its requirements.

The research results of the project BEEHIVES which has worked at the boundaries between traditional HE, and more professionally oriented HE will be presented. Beehives aims to equip education institutions offering EQF-level 5 qualifications and above, the tools and measures to improve employer involvement in all programme development processes and develop measures that are applicable across all sectors thereby achieving permeability. Hence BEEHIVES will focus on a specific relation and interaction between HE institutions, employers/labour market and students within the “strategic (partnership) triangle”. Tools and measures for a better strategic collaboration and award processes will be presented and discussed in work-shops – showing how institutions can strengthen employer engagement through involvement such as programme and curriculum design, validation, accreditation, core processes of collaboration, – providing employers and the needs of the labour market with the central role that education can offer. Participants of the work-shops will discuss how to boost collaboration between the different parties and how dual training can provide work force that is productive and committed to the employer. 

Presentations and key note speeches at the conference will highlight that due to the forward thinking of some HE Institutions and reforms introduced in the UK, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic work-based and work integrated learning has gradually developed and gained significant standing in some networks of HEIs. The conference will offer the opportunity to engage with WBL/WIL in HE through papers, presentations, good practice case studies and the dynamic literature that has developed since the mid 1990s. The Work and Learning UK network will therefore offer papers developed through its 25 year developments in this area.  These include UBC issues, curriculum development and pedagogy as well as underpinning theories that support practice-based approaches to learning and teaching.

Presenters will discuss the associated general conditions for the role and responsibility of the stakeholders involved (e.g. the state, companies, trade unions, learners) and to identify joint elements of the strategic collaboration and the major themes in various models of education.  One main focus will be the role of the companies as the bodies that play a crucial role in the strategic triangle and dual training system model. Employer involvement

Presentations, discussions and papers may raise the following questions:

  • How can University Business Cooperation be strengthened?
  • How can the necessary key-competences be embedded into curriculum initiatives?
  • What strategies can be used for curricula to adapt to current and emerging labour market needs?

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

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Programme 

Day 1

Thursday 14 June, 2018
12:30-13:15
Registration (a light lunch will be offered from 12:30)
13:15-13:25
Welcoming words: Klaas Vansteenhuyse, Head of International Office, UC Leuven Limburg; Michal Karpíšek EURASHE
13:25-14:05
Opening key-note by Professor David Boud, Middlesex University
‘Taking work seriously: new challenges of work and learning in higher education’ 
 14:05-14.20
Posters presentations (coffee will be served 14.05)
  • Poster presentation Implementation of the curriculum of the cooperative bachelor study program Smart Engineering, Katalin Szondy
  • Poster presentation Student experiences of using virtual laboratoty simulations to develop skills as preparation for the professional work place, Elizabeth Buckland
  • Poster presentation Placement and internship models in the UK – Collaborative practice through social enterprise with large and small companies, Martin Edmondson
 
 Parallel workshops / Paper presentations
 
14:20-14:50
How do we solve a problem like levelling the employability playing field?
Mona Vadher, Satya Autar
The Hybrid Education Model: An Evolution Triggered by an Identity Crisis at Higher Colleges of Technology
Dr. Ahmed Samy, Dr. Marko Savic
Recognising the unrecognised: the impact of Mode 2 Knowledge and Intrapreneurship
Dr Anita Walsh
The ways to developing key competences for the world of work
Jan Beseda

 

 
WORKSHOP
How to boost the Cooperaton between PHE Institutions, Employers and Students

Raimund Hudak

 
        5 min break
14:55-15:25
Integrating Entrepreneurship and Work Experience into Higher Education Robert Wagenaar
The journey to professionalism: Factors influencing effective construction of hybrid education systems
Dr. Addel Al Ameri, Baraa Yousuf

Joining forces for employability: the strategic collaboration between UC Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) and VDAB 

Irene Hermans

Dedicated Education Units in European Health Care Organisations

Sandra Martin

15 min refreshments
15:40-16:10
Challenges for the implementation of wbl/dual learning programmes
 
Lies Wijnants
Examples of good practices collaboration between higher education and business, local/regional environment
Maja Švent
Is it worth it?
How do participants experience of work-based learning shape their professional identity?
Joanna Booth
Supporting SMEs in developing work-based learning programmes
Marko Grdosic

 

WORKSHOP
Areas and actions for a productive collaboration between higher education, employers and students

Herman Van de Mosselaer

        5 min break
16:15-16:45
Management learning as content and process: Using simulation to prepare undergraduates for ‘real world’ business

Caroline Ennis

BrightStart Program –  Towards new learning with Deloitte Portugal – a Higher Education Initiative

Karla Albuquerque Perreira and Nuno Pina Gonçalves

Work-based Learning Pedagogies: Engaging in Progressive Higher Educaton through Work & Learning

Dr Paula Nottingham and Dr Elda Nikolou-Walker

 

16:45-17:50

UBC in Europe case studies* – 20 x 20 session

  • The implications of Digitalisation on employability in a Business School, Dr Ann Parchment
  • Employer and part-time student perceptions of virtual laboratory teaching and assessment resources, Chrystalla Ferrier 

    Questions and answers

  • A partnership approach to work based learning, Dr Darryll Bravenboer, Professor Carol Costley

  • Dairy Crest Innovation Centre at Harper Adams University, Annette Creedon

  • The Young Investigator Network. An example of University-Business Collaboration from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Lise Lawaetz Winkler
  • Student Support and Career Development Centre, Romina Kućar

Questions and answers 

17:50-18:00
 A word of welcome by Marc Vandewalle, President of UC Leuven-Limburg
18:00
Conference cocktail (at the UCLL premises)
19:30
End of day one

*University Business Collaboration (UBC) cases are here: https://www.ub-cooperation.eu/index/casestudies
Workshops disseminate findings from the Beehives projects.

 

Day 2

Friday 15 June, 2018
08:30 – 09:00
Registration and coffee
09:00 – 09:30

Keynote speech by Professor Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Vice-President of EURASHE

“Future Skills for Tomorrow’s Gradutes: Turning Around Higher Education in Europe”

09:30 – 10:30
Round table discussion “Balancing expectations over Higher Education”
Moderator: Arti Saraswat, Association of Colleges
–        Professor David Boud, Middlesex University
–        Olga Borodina, Nestlé
–        Ulf Daniel Ehlers, Vice President of EURASHE 
–       Helge Schwitter, European Students’ union
 10:30 – 11.00
Refreshments
 Paper presentations
11:00 – 11:30
Deployment of Regional Innovation Policies and Strategies counting  on the collaboation of VET centres (European Level 5) and SMEs in the Basque Country
Victor Arias
Maximising the impact of Work Based Research Projects for service development in health and social care
Ruth Miller
Making Workplaces a Place of Learning: Supporting a Learning Environment at the Scottish Prison Service 

Katrina Morrison

Bridging the gap between practitioner research in teacher education and the professional field

Els De Smet
 
5 min break
11:35 – 12:05
Integrating Policy for Establishment of Regional Centres for PHE Excellence

Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič

The Student Perspective-working with Providers and Employers

Nick Davy

Developing iPLA (APEL) Requests with Labor Leaders Utilizing the Threshold Learning Model
Thomas Kerr
Making Learning Relevant; Connecting the Workplace and the Curriculum
Tracey White
12:05 – 12:30
Closing words “Our take aways”
Professor Carol Costley, Work and Learning Research Centre, Middlesex University, UK
12:30
Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download the full Call for contributionSubmit your proposal  Word version of submission form 

 

Call for contributions – Deadline 1 May 2018

Introduction

The conference contributes to approaches that higher education, employers and other stakeholders can take to structure and implement strategies and curricula to enable students and employees to learn through, for and in work environments. Work-integrated learning (WIL), work-based learning (WBL) and apprenticeships have already started to develop these relationships and the conference looks at the key skills employers look for, and how these essential competencies can be embedded in HEIs’ curricular and structures. 

The conference will offer expertise and discussion to provide practitioners, educational managers and policy makers with the opportunity to gain greater insight into how the challenges and gaps of work and learning issues can be overcome and to develop the pedagogy and systems to the benefit of engagement with learning for and in work. The conference will disseminate the findings of the Beehives Project and draw upon the expertise of academics in the field through papers and presentations.

Call for contributions

We invite contributions from practitioners from higher education institutions and relevant stakeholders from the field, including companies, students, national authorities, quality assurance agencies, etc.

Requirements for contributions:

  1. Your contribution can be: a paper presentation or poster presentation.
  2. The presentation should cover any of the following topics:
  • University Business Cooperation/Employer engagement
  • Apprenticeships and work-based Learning
  • Internships and placements involving employers and stakeholders
  • Policy developments in professionally oriented higher education
  • Pedagogies for a professional practice oriented curriculum
  • Students’ work-based projects
  • Work-based curricula and assessments
  1. Length: 30 min for a paper presentation.

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and presenters are asked to stand by their posters at 14.30-15.00 (Conference day 1).

IMPORTANT: Contributors are encouraged to pay specific attention to the title and abstract of their submission which must be concise, informative and accurate.

 Deadlines:

Paper submission deadline: Tuesday 1 May 2018, 12.00 pm (noon) CET Brussels-time.

Applicants informed of results: end of May.

You will find the full rationale here

How to submit?

Contributions have to be submitted exclusively online on the EURASHE website. The deadline for submission is Tuesday 1 May, 2018 at 12.00 pm (noon) CET Brussels-time.

Evaluation criteria

Each submission will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The submission corresponds to a theme of the conference;
  • The submission is clearly focused and will be of interest to participants;
  • The submission strives to involve participants and its organisation is credible/feasible;
  • The submission is critical and reflective and allows participants to reflect on successes and challenges (if applicable).

Benefits

Presenting at the Conference ‘Creating Relevant Learning Experiences; employer involvement with higher education’ allows you to reach a wide audience. In addition, the selected contributions will be offered: 10 percent participation fee discount per contribution (for 1 presenter only).

Also, unless otherwise indicated, all abstracts and videos of the selected contributions will be published online, in the Work Based Learning e-journal international and may be included in a summary report of the conference. 

Work Based Learning e-journal international

There will be a special edition of the Work Based Learning e-journal dedicated to the presentations in the conference. http://wblearning-ejournal.com/home.php

This will include:

  1. Papers in the reviewed section and
  2. Items for a Dialogue and Debates section of any length which will not go through a review process.

If you are a conference presenter you are invited to either develop your presentation into an academic paper for the journal or send your contribution for inclusion in the Dialogue and Debates section, subject to approval of the editorial committee. We hope you will take the opportunity to disseminate your ideas in the journal by either route.

 

Download the full Call for contributions

Should you have any questions related to the call for contributions, please contact eurashe@eurashe.eu

  • Dr Ariane Theis - Ariane Theis obtained her PhD in American Studies at Dortmund University of Technology in 2011 where she taught in the field of American literary and cultural studies and was very... Read more
  • Dr Paula Nottingham - Dr Paula Nottingham has worked at Middlesex University since 2009 and is a Senior Lecturer based in the Department of Education within the Faculty of Professional and Social Sciences working... Read more
  • Elda Nikolou-Walker - Elda Nikolou-Walker joined Middlesex University in 2014. Elda is a Senior Lecturer in the Business School of Middlesex University. Elda holds both programme leadership and programme development responsibilities within the Business... Read more
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  • David Boud - David Boud is Foundation Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University, Emeritus Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and Professor of Work and... Read more
  • Ulf-Daniel Ehlers - Ulf is a learning innovation expert and has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wurttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2011. From 2011-2016 he... Read more
  • Fees and registrations

    Registration is over! If you still want to register please e-mail us at dovile.sandaraite@eurashe.eu

    Participant

    Full Conference

    Regular participants (non-members of EURASHE, BEEHiVES project or UALL Work&Learning network)

      EUR 180

    Members of EURASHE, BEEHiVES project or UALL Work&Learning network

      EUR 120

     Please find the link to the Conference’s presentations here