At the end of this course the student
Subjects, theories, models:
- Is able to monitor his/her own performance with regard to the skills relevant to PSTS, to reflect on this performance and feedback received, and to make good use of and/or initiate appropriate learning activities to improve performance where necessary
- Is able to take responsibility for one’s own learning and personal development.
Students work on their PSTS Skills Portfolio in parallel to the PSTS coursework, during both years of the programme. At the start of year 1, each student gets access to a personal electronic learning environment, enabling the student to take stock of and reflect on the development of the skills all PSTS graduates should acquire. During a kick-off meeting, the purpose and use of the portfolio system are explained. Subsequently, during the two years of the programme, the student will be invited for five portfolio meetings with a mentor (three meetings in year 1 and two in year 2). In advance of each meeting, the student has to upload evidence of specific skills, as well as feedback received on his/her performance in the portfolio. During the meetings, the mentor and the student will reflect on the student’s development, take stock of what has been achieved, and diagnose where and how the student needs to work on specific skills, resulting in new and/or revised personalized learning objectives for the next period.
Portfolio assignments and mentor meetings. Both have a monitoring function; learning activities are largely student driven. Aside from skills assessed as insufficient in courses, which are mandatory to discuss, the student is expected to take the lead in setting the agenda for the meetings. The agenda may include discussing which skills learning objectives the student should prioritize (in view of diagnosed weaknesses, or of preferred career ambitions), which activities within and outside PSTS could help a student to achieve his/her learning objectives, and how to develop specific skills beyond a level of mere sufficiency. Students are encouraged to be ambitious in this regard.
Examination and assessment:
Participation in (and preparation for) the mentor meetings is obligatory for all students. The mentor will assess a student’s performance mainly in a formative way. At the end of year 2 the mentor assesses (with pass/fail) whether the student has developed sufficient “reflective capacity pertaining to one’s own work, selecting or altering course, and the ability to translate learning trajectories into the development of more general knowledge and methods” (as stated in PSTS Final Qualification S9).