The Pedagogy research programme focuses on development of the content of higher education, matching of education to the needs of the workplace and pedagogic development of education
Laurea’s pedagogic projects particularly focus on the challenges related to the development of higher education.
The Pedagogy research programme has three specified spearheads:
- Development of the content of higher education (education materials and products)
- Matching of education to the needs of the workplace (workplace skills and employment of graduates)
- Pedagogic development of education (online pedagogic solutions and development of learning environments)
Education is going through a worldwide change. The idea of learning in a classroom has evolved into an idea of multiform learning. Furthermore, the idea of a learning environment at school has expanded to cover, in addition to physical space, learning ideas, learning instruments and learning methods. Various spaces and places in society surrounding the traditional classroom can similarly be considered as learning environments. In addition to the changes related to the idea of learning environments, the education sector’s perception of learning is undergoing a transformation.
Changed needs are reflected in education as new requirements for competence. Changes in the nature of work, mainly because of the demographic, technological and globalisation-related development, have contributed to the need to re-evaluate the competences required at work. We aim to respond to the changing needs of the workplace by carrying out workplace-driven projects in accordance with our pedagogic Learning by Developing (LbD) model.
Altogether 27 pedagogically oriented national and international education development projects are currently under way at Laurea, funded by external sources. Twenty of them are national projects. These projects are funded mainly by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the ESF. Seven projects receive international funding. All the Erasmus programmes constitute the absolutely most popular funding instrument for education development projects. Other channels of funding have included the CIMO’s special programmes and Nordplus.
The ongoing projects can be roughly divided into two main categories: degree programme-oriented projects and projects producing higher education competences.
Good examples of degree programme-oriented projects include Rekey and Sotepeda24/7. Laurea is also working on a considerable number of projects focusing on competences produced by higher education. These projects, focusing on very different types of competence, include Someta Duuniin, Digiosaaja, Digi JouJou and Toteemi. A particular group of future-oriented projects is constituted by projects focusing on immigrants and the development of their higher education path. Examples of these projects include MÄKO and Valmentavasta valmiiksi.