CHALLENGES OF THE ADAPTATION TO THE EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION SPACE IN POSGRADUATE EDUCATION: THE EXPERIENCE OF THE MASTER PROGRAMME ON ECONOMICS OF INNOVATION
University of Santiago de Compostela (SPAIN)
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Appears in: ICERI2011 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 4th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 14-16 November, 2011
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:The main aim of this paper is to describe the changes and challenges that the European Higher Education Space implies at the level of postgraduate education, both from the professors and students points of view.
As members of the organization of a traditional Master on Economics of Innovation, we transform it into an official master in the context of the formation of the European Higher Education Area. Two academic years after the implementation of this new education programme, we could present a first assessment of that change. The paper is focused on the effects on the learning process, level of knowledge achieved and the competences developed by the students due to the application of a new and more interactive methodology of teaching and a new evaluation system. The current system based on a different learning and evaluation methodology is also characterized by significant changes in the roles played by professors and students.
The main challenges come from the context of financial constraints, and the cutback in education and grants aimed at postgraduate students and the change of approach to adjust the traditional evaluation system based on an exam to this new reality of continuous evaluation.
Keywords: European Higher Education Area, pilot experience, continuous evaluation, interactive methodology, postgraduate education.