Norway Grants and EEA Grants 2014–2021
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Designing for Enhanced Competence through Active Participation in Higher Education (DECAP-HE)

Programme area:

Education, Scholarships, Apprenticeship and Youth Entrepreneurship


Improved institutional cooperation at all levels of education (formal and informal)


New teaching and learning practices for work and life developed and knowledge and good practices shared on advancing skills and competencies in education

Project title:

Designing for Enhanced Competence through Active Participation in Higher Education

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Project Promoter:

ALMA MATER EUROPAEA – European center, Maribor

Project Partners:

Partner 1: Educational Research Institute
Partner 2: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia
Partner 3: Student Organization of Slovenia
Partner 4: Kristiania University College (NOR)

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Co-financing source:

Norway Grants and corresponding Slovenian contribution

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Main project results:

Developed and improved institutional cooperation and partnership in modernising teaching and learning approaches and promoting skills and competences in higher education, thereby strengthening the institutions’ capacity to design and implement high-quality learning activities that are student-focused and enable the achievement of skills and key competencies for work and life in the 21st century. Development and use of new learning approaches, teaching and training models and strategies, and development of materials and resources for teaching and learning that provide academic staff and other interested parties with a pedagogically appropriate knowledge base for improving existing and developing new, advanced pedagogical practices that actively involve students in the learning process and are take into account the requirements for knowledge and key competences in society. Increased cooperation, full involvement and contribution of all stakeholders in higher education and training at the local, regional and national level in the processes of designing and introducing teaching-learning transformations and key competencies for work and life in the 21st century in higher education.

Project summary:

In order for higher education to respond successfully to the growing economic and societal demands for graduates with knowledge and skills for the 21st century, it is necessary to improve and innovate teaching practices and actively involve students in the learning process. This can be achieved by improved institutional cooperation and knowledge sharing at various levels. The key project impacts are, inter alia, that through increased institutional cooperation and in partnership with teachers and other experts, it develops and tests new, innovative pedagogical practices and active learning environments at two higher education institutions, develops permanent tools and resources for didactic training, developing multipliers, mutual learning of teaching and introducing systemic innovations for active learning at all levels of formal and informal education in higher education. The project directly benefits higher education teachers and professional staff (improved capacity to innovate and create active learning environments) and students (more interaction, agency and ownership in the learning process). Increased cooperation and knowledge from the project indirectly benefits decision-makers (leadership of institutions, policy makers), researchers, the economy and society as a whole.

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