University of Lodz is finishing realization of educational project WBLQUAL – An Approach to Qualifications through Negotiated Work Based Learning for the EU, which was implemented under LLP Erasmus Curriculum Development Programme. The main aim of the project was elaboration of effective model of negotiated work based learning (WBL). The consortium of the project consists of:
- Staffordshire University, UK (coordinator)
- Centre for Rural Research, University of South Denmark, Denmark, (partner)
- Centro Studi ed Initiative Europeo, Italy, (partner)
- Rigas Techniska Universitate, Latvia, (partner)
- University of Lodz, Poland (partner)
The concept of negotiated work based learning differs from traditional educational models, which is based on rigid and fixed teaching programmes. WBL is based on mutual cooperation between higher educational institutions (HEI) and companies which touches upon all aspects of education, including tailoring curriculum to the needs and requirements of companies. This tri-partite relationship between Employer, Learner and HEI makes a powerful collaboration, where the employer ensures that the teaching programme is focused and relevant, and the HEI applies their expertise to provide academic rigor to their content. Subsequently, the Learner is ensured of qualifications that are career relevant.
Implementation of WBL bring also benefits for HEI, the main ones are: (i) elaboration of competitive educational offer tailored to business sector needs, (ii) ensuring additional revenue streams, (iii) possibility to engage in long-term cooperation with business sector, (iv) strengthening visibility and improving image of the institution, (v) initiating and introducing positive changes for the private sector, (vi) vocational development of employees.
We encourage to visit project website to learn more about project and its results www.wblqual.com
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union