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Lapland UAS’s view on learning

Lapland UAS’s view on learning is founded on the principles of competence, problem and project based learning.

We emphasize professional development through student-centered methods on learning and guiding. Student is an active, responsible subject of his/her own learning. The teacher is a specialist in learning; a guide and enabler of learning.

Learning is comprised of students, teachers and working life. Students develop their decision-making skills and are able to learn through mistakes, too.

Every semester, students create a project together with fellow students in multicultural team. The project combines the topics learnt during the semester. The project may also be an assignment by a customer, R&D project, a company, a governmental body or for your own business idea.

Teamwork and multicultural skills along the project skills are in demand in the many fields of business. In the years to come, you’ll be able further enhance these skills and work in more complex international projects.

The curriculum forms a starting point for compiling an individual study plan (ISP). You will compile an ISP together with a tutor teacher, where progress in studies is planned in detail.

Pedagogical choices
Coaching is a key pedagogical philosophy to promote innovative and collaborative learning. It is a formal process involving an expert who works in a respectful and collaborative way with someone who wants to improve the way he or she works.
Coaching offers learning based on reflection, in a partnership and a framework of mutual respect and strict confidence.

Coaching is essentially based on the understanding that, given the opportunity to reflect and a commitment to act, people are able to change the way they work, develop their potential and achieve more in the areas they choose to address. The students in return must accept accountability for making and keeping commitments.
Multiform learning
Multiform learning is a form of learning in which studies are comprised of contact teaching hours, distance studies and independent studies. Students’ independent work often forms the bulk of studies and is supported by distance and contact teaching and guidance.

Multiform studies make diverse use of information and communication technology (e.g. audio teaching, working online, e-mail, guidance by means of learning exercises). Multiform teaching also uses distance teaching tools to bring studies to areas outside of university localities (e-primer).
Online education
Online education makes use of web-based, open learning environments. In addition to working in an online learning environment, online education may include contact teaching, project work, learning while working, etc.
Problem and project based learning

This pedagogical method is actively used in our UAS. It is an approach that incorporates many kinds of pragmatic pedagogical applications and development projects.

Problem and project based learning is also closely connected with learning at work. Learning by working together with real business life is one of the main aims of the programme. It is implemented by means of various course assignments as well as practical training and joint projects with working life.

Recognition of prior learning and credit transfer
If you have completed studies in a domestic or foreign higher education institution or in another educational institution either before starting your studies at Lapland UAS or during your studies, you can apply for credit transfer to your degree studies.

Learn more about incorporating priorlearning into a degree.
Assessment of competence and feedback
Assessment of competence is based on learning objectives defined in the curriculum. Learning objectives depict what type of competence is required from a student to receive a degree. The assessment is considered in three points of view: student, working life representative/supervisor and teacher.

Learn more about assessment in Lapland UAS