At the end of the course, students have knowledge on and insight into:
- contemporary developments in the domain educational science and technology, both with regard to domain-specific topics as well as research methodological issues.
- EDUcation- and HRD-specific aspects, research areas and research methodologies within the trending topics
Relationship with EST labour market (Intended Learning Outcomes [ILOs] as described in the EST programme specific appendix of the EER):
- Each topic to its own extent, the course contributes to: Domain expertise, Design competence, Research competence, Advice competence
- This course assesses the following ILOs in some way (can include formal/informal, formative/summative, peer/expert): Domain expertise, Design competence, Research competence, Advice competence. Domain expertise, Design competence, Research competence, Advice competence.
In this (obligatory for all EST students) core course, several instructors will present their field of expertise. The presented topics, therefore, will be aligned with the current and/or ongoing scientific research areas in our research groups.
The presented topics will cover both the EDUcation as well as the Human Resource Development (HRD) domains.
Organisation of the course:
Each trending topic will be dealt with in a 3-weeks mode, in which the teacher is able to choose a format that fits the content of the topic best. In all topics, the teacher will provide relevant theory and background information on the topic, and a topic-related assignment.
The nature of the assignments varies and the full set of to be attained competences (domain expertise, design, research, advice, and reflection are addressed.
Relationship with technology:
Where applicable and relevant, trending topics will cover recent developments of their topic in relation to technology (e.g., learning environments, tools, assessment methods).
The final grade for this course is the average of the sub grades for the different topics. The final grade must be sufficient (grade ≥ 5.5). Of the six assessments, one is allowed to be lower than 5.5 or a ‘fail’ (but still must be ≥ 5.0) on the condition that the average of the sub grades is still ≥ 5.5 in total. If the condition is not met, the student is not allowed a retake in the same semester to improve a sub grade that was below 5.5. Instead, a retake is required in the next semester. If the topic that requires a retake is not available in the next semester (when the same topic is not offered again), the course coordinator will assign a substitute topic.
Note: The grades of the different trending topics assessments in this course stay only valid until the end of the following semester in which the course is offered again. (Note: the Trending Topics course is offered twice per year). If a student does not pass the course (complete all trending topics’ assessments) the 2nd time (so within one year), the student loses the grades previously earned for the topics which he/she have passed. Consequently, the student has to re-take the entire course.