Upon completing this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding on teacher’s work environment on national and international contexts but also on organizational and regional levels.

This course introduces you with the Finnish educational system, institutional steering and planning systems within vocational and professional education and higher education, and relevant legislation. You will also familiarize yourself with the international strategies and processes of your organization while reflecting yourself as an actor in international communities, e.g. in international projects. You will also deepen your understanding on the principles and processes regarding the recognition and international comparability of degrees and qualifications.

Furthermore, you will familiarize yourself with the internal procedures and processes of your own organization and examine the dimensions of regional co-operation, and the potential for collaboration on all levels mentioned above.

Important information signModes of study Prescribed and self-selected reading, learning circle, individual learning assignments. You will find the learning materials and assignments in the Optima online learning environment.  

Intended learning outcomes

The student will understand the Finnish national education system and 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.

Demonstrating competence

You can demonstrate the competence required by this course by completing the learning assignments and reflection 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 tutor of this course for your prior competence to be recognised and assessed.

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 teacher educator makes the assessment decision 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.