How to study
At Laurea, there are many different ways of studying and learning. What all of these have in common is research and development orientation, which is called termed 'Learning by Developing at Laurea'. You can choose either day studies or blended learning as your study mode at Laurea.
At Laurea you will learn through research, reflection and development activities carried out together with teachers, other students and workplace actors. You will build up your knowledge base, practise skills, develop creative problem-solving techniques and acquire competence needed in your professional field by taking part in development projects. Laurea engages in close interaction with employers, and you will thus establish contacts with working life while still a student. This operating method typical of Laurea is called Learning by Developing (LbD).
LbD is present in all types of studies. The cornerstone of this operation model is that you are not only engaged in analyzing theoretical problems but are constantly seeking for solutions for real -life situations arising from the working life. At Laurea, we have a hands-on approach!
Participation in daytime education requires that you have the opportunity to participate in contact teaching and guidance during daytime on weekdays.
In addition to teaching provided on-campus, online learning is also utilized in daytime education. Studies include projects and other learning exercises that are carried out either independently or in groups.
All of Laurea’s study offerings are available if there is room in the study groups. It is nevertheless advised that core competence studies are taken at the campus in which you have been accepted as a student. When choosing complementary competence studies we encourage you to explore all of the study offerings.
Currently there are no degree programmes in English available as blended learning.
Blended learning consists of face-to-face instruction, distance learning and independent study.
In degree programmes starting in autumn 2015, face-to-face instruction that is part of blended learning will be scheduled for Fridays (from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m.) and, if necessary, for Saturdays. Possible exceptions from this are mentioned in the descriptions of each degree programme. The programme will also include an intensive week once every semester, as well as learning assignments and projects to be completed between the face-to-face instruction days, both independently and in groups.
Virtual learning environments and modern communication technologies will be at the students' disposal. You can also include other courses in your study plan, for example those offered as day-time studies.
Blended learning requires students to be self-directed. It is particularly suitable for students who study while working.
Methods for Studying:
Attending Study Units
In most Laurea programmes, attending study units is the principal form of study. The study units to be offered will be advertised before each semester. The detailed implementation methods and schedules of the studies are described in implementation plans.
Learning Through Projects
Project work is included in all degree programmes. The various development assignments that you will be working on during your studies will often be associated with working life projects. These projects may be extensive and international, or carried out for individual companies and organisations. You may also find projects for yourself.
Business management can be studied in projects from the beginning of the studies in Hyvinkää, Tikkurila and Otaniemi in the Finnish degree programme.
Work-based learning is an alternative study method. To utilize this operational model, you should have personal self-initiative and take up the matter yourself at Laurea. You can ask more from your tutor teacher.
So how and what should I learn?
It is possible in work-based learning to learn the knowledge and skills required at work in a versatile and comprehensive manner. You acquire foundation of knowledge as support for your working tasks, which you can quickly put into practice as you perform the agreed working tasks.
The tasks agreed for your work-based learning are entered into your Learning contract in order to identify and obtain recognition for the competence you have acquired. The demonstrations are based on the goals of the curriculum.
Work-based learning proceeds on the basis of your own development needs. It is advisable in arranging your tasks to consider your own career path. You can try with your employer to arrange job enrichment, i.e. a job role that has more versatility and range than before. You can therefore embark on consciously developing yourself with regard to your own competence in the manner you prefer.
How is my competence assessed?
Learning and competence should be made visible – so it can also be evaluated by another person. A portfolio, for example, serves as a demonstration technique. The evaluation occurs by documenting your own learning and competence, adding up the total number of working tasks, and qualitatively assessing your own competence. In addition to self-evaluation, the evaluations and feedback from your supervisor, a close colleague and your teacher are applied.
How do I arrange work-based learning?
To arrange work-based learning, proceed as follows:
1. Acquaint yourself with the curriculum and think about which competences are included that you could develop at work.
2. Have an initial conversation about the working tasks at your workplace and the targets of work-based learning.
3. Arrange a preliminary discussion to assess, together with the teacher responsible for the module or a study unit, the possibilities for work-based learning. The person in charge of the module or study unit will guide you in the preparation of the Learning contract.
4. Plan the development of your competence by filling in the Learning contract.
5. Arrange a discussion with the representative or teacher in charge of the module, during which you confirm the Learning contract and prepare the evaluation form.
6. Start your studies in accordance with the Learning contract and document your competence.
If you don't know how to get started with the process, you can ask assistance from your tutor lecturer.
Competence obtained via work-based learning is recognized as part of the degree programme. The performance items accumulate credits that entitle the student to a study grant.
For more information, contact the head of student affairs or your tutor teacher.
While studying at Laurea, you can work on your own business idea. You can also link your studies to developing an existing business, and in particular to examining the operation of startups.
Recognizing Prior Learning as Part of your Studies (RPL)
If you have already some competences that , which are equivalent to those mentioned in the curriculum, those can be taken into account. As you start your studies, you will have an opportunity to discuss these possibilities with the guidance specialists at your campus. Basically, earlier studies as well as other competences can be recognized as part of your studies based on documentation and demonstrations.
Read more about RPL