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Pages: 9948-9952
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-05948-5
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2018.0085

Conference name: 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 12-14 November, 2018
Location: Seville, Spain

BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, UPPER SECONDARY AND HIGHER EDUCATION – A COMMON DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (CDLE)

P. Tani, K. Komulainen, T. Ylikoski

Laurea University of Applied Sciences (FINLAND)
Finland, the country famed for its education, is seeing a decreasing trend in higher education. The number of students who proceed to higher education has developed a downward trend during the last few years. Also, the length of studies in higher education is longer than in other European countries. The Ministry of the Education and Culture has challenged universities of applied sciences to develop innovative ways to shorten the overall study time. At the same time many students starting their higher educational studies are older than in other European countries.

The aim of this study is to describe a development project between Laurea University of Applied Sciences and several vocational education institutes and vocational colleges in Finland's metropolitan area. We have co-created a common digital learning environment which is conceived as an ecosystem - a learning environment consisting of learning tools and components that adhere to common learning goals. In the system, vocational students have the option of taking some studies from Laurea. This gives them a head start in their future university level studies and also helps to bridge the transition.

The developed digital learning environment or ecosystem is more focused on learning rather than administration. The purpose of the CDLE has been to shorten overall study time and to give vocational students an option to try higher education studies as a part of their vocational educational studies or studies at college. CDLE- model has shown that it is possible to integrate higher educational studies within vocational studies.

This article discusses ways of integrating studies between educational levels via a digital learning ecosystem. In this article, we will present a concrete model of the previously mentioned CDLE. This model is ecological, economical, reachable and student centred. The findings of the project are promising. So far we have opened CDLE for almost all degree programs.

In the future we aim to make these digital studies used also for master's level programs. We conclude that there are different ways to shorten study times, intensify studies between levels of degrees and to give a chance to try higher educational studies using digital learning opportunities, such as the common digital learning environment CDLE.
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title = {BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, UPPER SECONDARY AND HIGHER EDUCATION – A COMMON DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (CDLE)},
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P. Tani, K. Komulainen, T. Ylikoski (2018) BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, UPPER SECONDARY AND HIGHER EDUCATION – A COMMON DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT (CDLE), ICERI2018 Proceedings, pp. 9948-9952.
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