The 30th European Students’ Convention will also be the second PASCL Conference. The aim is to continue the debate on the student-centred learning (SCL) topics, but also to present the progress results of the projects, and to provide up-to-date information to the SCL experts.
The ESC 30 aims to discuss the effects of European higher education reforms on learning and teaching and how to apply the student-centred learning approach. The debate will reflect on recent developments and on how Europe can promote and value again active citizenship, intercultural understanding and human rights education.
With the financial support of the European Commission, ESU has been implementing the PASCL project (Peer Assessment of Student-Centred Learning) since October 2013. The three-year project aims to re-evaluate the implementation of student-centered learning, highlight best practices and establish peer assessment procedures for the implementation of the concept in European higher education institutions.
During the Convention, participants will gain insights into the main outcome of the PASCL project – a newly developed framework of criteria for conducting peer-assessment of the student-centeredness of higher education institutions. This framework may be further used to award a label to institutions fulfilling the criteria.
As the main milestone in higher education this year has been the Ministerial Conference and the Yerevan Comuniqué, a special attention of the ESC30 will be the follow up of the main outcomes and the future steps. Delegates will also discuss the Paris Declaration – another landmark and source of very strong messages, which calls for Europe’s combined efforts to promote social inclusion and active citizenship through the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.
During the third day, discussions will revolve around the implementation of the Bologna Process from students’, universities and EU perspectives. The final debates will focus on ways to increase international cooperation and why empowering refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people through accessible education is crucial for social cohesion and peace.
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