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Developing competences

How can an LAS program foster the development of the targeted competences?
LAS education may serve as a driver of innovation in (European) Higher Education thanks to its emphasis on applied competences (e.g., civic engagement, life-long learning, and citizenship) that exceed the scope of most traditional mono-disciplinary study programs. To foster students’ development of such transversal skills and competences, a “shift from teaching to learning” is essential. “Education centred on the student as learner and the various modes of learning available to make it most productive are critical to the LAS ethos“ (Boetsch, Balli & Schreel, 2017, p. 3).  
This shift requires an adaptable mindset vis-a-vis approaches to university learning and teaching. Creating a culture of student-centred learning requires buy-in from faculty, administrative staff, and, of course, students. Aspects to be considered are illustrated in the following figure (taken from http://www.ehea.info/page-student-centred-learning). 
Competence Orientation
Targeted Competences
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Further resources
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The thematic EUA peer group report “Towards a cultural shift in learning and teaching” (Loukkola & Peterbauer, 2019) illuminates important points to consider, e.g., in providing student-centred education: 
Education International and the European Students’ Union have provided a toolkit for students, staff, and higher education institutions, including helpful checklists concerning student-centred learning:

Last edited: 24. Oct 2022, 15:03, Hutz-Nierhoff, Dorthe [dh1076@rz.uni-freiburg.de]