Quality in continuing education
Continuing education at the University of Bern is based on science and research. It fosters students' ability to reflect on subject matter in a scientific way and apply what they have learned to the world of work and to the wider environment in which they live. To do this, and using documents from Swissuni as a basis, the University of Bern has formulated its own principles and standards and developed its own tools as part of its broader quality assurance and development activities.
The following principles apply to the quality of continuing education courses:
The main focus of university continuing education should be on the participants. The content and format of the courses should be designed to take their requirements and wishes into account. The knowledge and experience offered by the participants as experts should be incorporated into the teaching and learning process, meaning that they too are involved in ensuring the quality of the course.
Continuing education courses should conform to the current state of knowledge and expertise in science and the didactic principles of adult and continuing education. The course content should be taught in a way that is appropriate to the subject matter in question and the target audience, taking into account new methods of teaching and learning.
In addition to transferring directly applicable knowledge and skills, university continuing education should provide a forum for conveying contextual knowledge, for reflection and discussion and for developing new ideas and solutions as a group. Cultivating a culture of dialog is the way forward.
The lecturers involved in university continuing education should have backgrounds both in higher education and in practice outside the university environment. They should have the appropriate specialist, teaching and social skills, be open to interdisciplinary approaches and have the requisite practical knowledge.