A two-day seminar Recognition of prior learning in higher education and e-learning took place on 26-27 January 2017 in Zagreb, Hotel Dubrovnik, organised by the project team of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia.
The purpose of the seminar was to provide participants with both foreign and national experiences in the recognition of prior learning in higher education and e-learning, as well as in the use of digital technologies in higher education.
The seminar brought together more than sixty (60) participants, including representatives of higher education institutions in Croatia, foreign speakers, representatives of agencies and institutes, as well as representatives of the Ministry.
The participants were welcomed by Mrs Ana Tecilazić Goršić, Head of Sector for Quality of Higher Education, International Cooperation and European Affairs from the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia. In her speech, Mrs Goršić wished a productive and successful exchange of foreign and national experiences in the recognition of prior learning in higher education, e-learning and in the use of digital technologies in higher education.
Topics of the first day included: institutional examples of developing recognition of prior learning, challenges in academic teaching, a changed role of higher education teachers, the upcoming project activities, an analysis of existing practice and experiences in the quality of teaching and continuing professional development of teachers.
The following presentations were held: “An Irish perspective on RPL in Higher Education”, Mrs Deirdre Goggin, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland; “RPL implementation in Estonian Higher Education”, Mrs Marin Johnson, University of Tallin, Estonia; “Transforming higher education: how we teach in the digital age”, Mrs Sandra Kučina Softić, University Computing Center, University of Zagreb; “Defining competence framework for teachers in higher education”, Mrs Vlasta Vizek Vidović, Institute for Social Research in Zagreb; “Project: Emphasis od Developing and Upgrading of Competences for Academic Teaching (Educa-T)”, Mrs Marina Crnčić Sokol, Head of the Department for Strategy and Development of Higher Education, Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia; “Analysis of existing practices and experiences in quality teaching and continuing professional development of academic teachers”, Mr Tomislav Baković, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb.
Topics of the second day were related to e-learning: risks, opportunities and recognition of prior learning and e-learning, as well as opportunities for institutional development. The presentations held are as follows: “European-wide experiences of institutional practices in e-learning”, Mr Frederik de Vries, EADTU (Open University in the Netherlands); “E-learning in higher education: how to use it effectively”, Mrs Marta Žuvić, University of Rijeka; “Knowledge, ability and motivation needed to leverage ICT in higher education”, Mr Predrag Pale, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb.
Speakers and presentations
Analysis of existing practices and experiences in quality teaching and continuing professional development of academic teachers
Tomislav Baković, Mia Delić, Ines Dužević
Faculty of Economics & Business Zagreb