FIBAA shares practices for assessing student-centred learning

13 December 2016

In 2015, the ministers responsible for higher education of the Bologna states adopted three documents in which student-centred learning (SCL) – a method of teaching in which students engage as active participants in their own learning, fostering transferable skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflective thinking – is addressed: the Yerevan Communiqué, the ECTS Users’ Guide (2015) and the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG 2015). It is evident by these documents that student-centred learning has gained importance in the context of higher education policy, and it is therefore given greater significance in quality assurance procedures.

The Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA, Germany) has reacted to this shift and presents advantages and examples of SCL in a recent factory article from August 2016. The article suggests institutions could offer options such as specialisations, elective subjects, and optional subjects in the curriculum, as they can have motivating effects on students, since parts of the subject matter are engaged with by choice, or students could be allowed to choose topics for projects and group work. The author explains that, according to FIBAA’s assessment guides for accreditation procedures, experts assess the extent to which an institution has implemented SCL and that FIBAA’s quality seals are only awarded to programmes which are able to successfully demonstrate their regard for SCL.

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