Learning Outcomes 2015

Centralised Support to the Network of Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE)

Technical Assistance Missions (TAM)

Name of Expert

Huw Morris

Date of Visit

1 – 4th September 2015

Themes

Learning Outcomes

Objectives of the visit

To advise universities in Baku, Azerbaijan, about drafting learning outcomes and adopting a strategic implementation plan.

Format of the activity (seminar, training, etc)

A 2 day workshop.  This was split into a morning of background presentations, followed by a series of shorter workshops and feedback sessions.

Brief description of activities conducted

Presentations on developments in the European Higher Education Area, presentations on the approach adopted by Swansea University;  workshops on Programme learning outcomes, module learning outcomes, curriculum mapping, Bloom’s Taxonomy, modularisation & credit systems; a discussion on implementation planning.  Swansea University guidance documents and Diploma Supplements were shared as examples of good practice.

Participants targeted 

Senior academic staff; senior university managers and senior professional services staff, from a range of universities in Baku.  The majority were from Khazar University

Main ‘take-aways’ from the perspective of the expert

A much better understanding of HE in Azerbaijan.  A realisation that Universities in Azerbaijan are keen to adapt the Bologna approach.  An understanding of the willingness and desire of staff to engage with colleagues in European Universities.  The complexity of the DNA of the country with conflicting pressures, strict state control yet an ambition to progress and modernise the HE system.