In this online course, you will learn about the teacher’s work environment and the various regulations related to it. You will also observe the opportunities for developing vocational learning. The Teacher’s Developing Work Environment course is a part of the Vocational Pedagogical Studies.    

Teachers shape the future through their work. Shaping the future requires a strong future-oriented approach and the people’s and work communities’ desire to evolve and develop vocational education. The development of vocational education is based on sufficient knowledge and understanding of the social and educational environment. In this course, you will learn about the Finnish national education system, the guidance system for vocational education and higher education, the legislation regulating the functions of the educational institutions, the strategies and policies of the institutions, and regional development. The learning tasks of the course will challenge you to observe your own work environment and its changes and development needs now and in the future through a critical approach, predictions and collaboration.   

With the learning tasks of the course, you will primarily develop the knowledge and understanding related to future orientation and developmental skills. This course will also promote and evaluate reflection skills. 

You will find the learning assignments of this course in the Optima online learning environment before the orientation days. 

Intended learning outcomes   

The student will understand the Finnish national education system and has learned about the guidance and planning systems related to vocational education and higher education. They are aware of the opportunities and future directions of developing vocational learning and competence and they want to develop vocational education, professional life and entrepreneurship as a part of their work and work community by actively operating within networks. The student will recognise the various dimensions and challenges in the equality of vocational education and teaching. They are also aware of the role that international co-operation has in the everyday operations of the institutions and how they are implemented.    

Acquiring competence    

You can acquire the competence required by this course by participating on the online course and doing the learning tasks.    

You may have already acquired or be currently acquiring the competence required by this course in your own work in vocational education, for example.   

Demonstrating competence   

You can demonstrate the competence required by this course by doing the learning and assessment tasks in an approved manner.    

You can also demonstrate your competence for this course through the recognition of prior learning. To recognise your prior competence and learning, read the learning outcomes, assessment criteria and learning tasks for this course. Assess your own competence in relation to them. Create materials that demonstrate that you already possess the competence required by this course. Write a report for the assessment of the materials, justifying how the materials demonstrate that your competence matches that required by the course. Send the accreditation application, your materials and your report to the instructor of this course for your prior competence to be recognised and assessed. The Accreditation Application for Teacher Education will be published in September 2017.    

Assessment of the learning process and competence  

In this course, we will assess future orientation, developmental skills and reflection skills. The tools for assessing the learning process are self-evaluation and peer assessment.   

The assessment of competence is criterion referenced and the assessment decision is made by the teacher trainer once all the learning tasks have been completed. The assessment decision is made on a pass/fail scale. The assessment material consists of the learning tasks of the course.