Alma Mater Europaea - ECM visited the Norwegian university Høyskolen Kristiania last week. The visit represented an inter-institutional exchange of experiences and mutual learning between Slovenia and Norway, as well as the transfer of good practices to the Slovenian context in the form of developed guidelines and a model of active learning in higher education.
The growing economic and social demands of the 21st century are a condition for the innovation of pedagogical practice and the active involvement of students in learning, which can be achieved through improved institutional cooperation and the exchange of knowledge at various levels. The project Designing for increased competence through active participation in higher education (DECAP-HE) is based on improving the quality and effectiveness of teaching, learning and empowering individuals and institutions in higher education.
"The main effects and results of the DECAP-HE project include the development and testing of new innovative pedagogical practices and active learning environments at two higher education institutions, with increased institutional cooperation and in partnership with teachers and other professionals. By visiting the Norwegian university, we expanded our range of knowledge and experience," said Polonca Pangrčič, project manager at Alma Mater.
The project aims to develop sustainable tools and resources for didactic training, multipliers, mutual learning, and system innovations for active learning at all formal and informal higher education levels.
Each partner represents added value to the project areas:
• Alma Mater Europaea - ECM – didactic training, technologically improved teaching;
• Kristiania University College – applied to learn about innovation in society;
• Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia - economic needs, design thinking, lifelong learning;
• Educational Research Institute – the science of education, teacher development;
• Student Organization of Slovenia – needs, interests, and employment of students; higher education policy.
The Norwegian financial mechanism Norway Grants, co-financed the project, and the managing authority on the Slovenian side is the Government Service of the Republic of Slovenia for Development and European Cohesion Policy. The main idea of Norway Grants is a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.