Through ECTS the programmes can be made more flexible, it supports learner centred approach. ECTS is a key element of the Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area.
During the workshop the answers to the following questions will be sought:
1.What are the advantages for the learner of ECTS?
2.How do you use credits for accumulation and transfer?
3.What is the link between ECTS credits and Workload?
4.Are learning outcomes directly related to activities and ECTS credits?
5.How do you decide how many credits a degree programme should have?6. How do you assign credits to different modules?
7.Do we need two credit systems?
A special focus is on credit accumulation and transfer. For national students it is a tool for credit accumulation. For international activities it is a tool for credit transfer and study period recognition, in case of agreed Learning agreement and achieved LO recognition should be automatic. When used as transfer, credits facilitate mobility within one institution or one country, from institution to institution, or from one country to country, and between different educational sectors and contexts of learning.
The European Chemistry Thematic Network is an association which joins some 150 European universities teaching chemistry, the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association is a non-profit making association registered in Belgium and is an outcome of six years of ECTN activity; and EuCheMS, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences is the association of European chemical societies. All three partners aim to bring together all actors in the chemistry sector to enhance the employability of chemistry graduates at all levels but particularly at the first cycle level; to enhance the professional/generic skills of students; to report on and evaluate innovative teaching methods; to develop a European qualifications framework for the chemistry sector; to identify best practices in the creation of study programmes combining chemistry and chemical technology; to create an Internet–based test for all chemistry branches; and to enhance the public image of chemistry, i.a.
Quality labels: EuroBachelor®, EuroMaster®, EuroDoctor, and European Chemist are capable to certify educational and professional levels, required educational structure, international acknowledgement, and enhanced mobility of graduates across the European (and maybe world) educational and research space as well as the job marketplace. Chemists welcome every opportunity to help in application of this scheme in any other educational and professional specialisation.
This latest year the learning outcomes have been the main theme of Bologna seminars and conferences. Rightly they are more and more considered to be central at the Bologna process. ECTS, (recognition of) mobility, quality assurance, employability, lifelong learning and qualification frameworks all cannot be set up and function without learning outcomes. At the same time institutions are confronted with the consequences in curricula, learning and evaluation methods and (educational) organisation. Since 2000 the learning cutcomes have been confronted with competences. The discussion culminated in the EQF and the ECTS-ECVET. Which way to go?