The PASCL project builds up on the vast experience of consortia partners in the field of promoting and supporting the implementation of student centred learning (SCL) in higher education. SCL goes beyond offering innovative approaches in teaching - it calls for a fundamental cultural shift, placing main emphasis on achieving intended learning outcomes and engaging students in co-creation of learning experience.
Right after SCL gained recognition in Bologna context in 2009, The National Unions of Students in Europe (ESU) has started its project called “Time for Student Centred Learning”, which aimed at exploring various aspects of interaction between teacher and student.
The PASCL project broadens the scope of its action and focuses on inspiring a cultural change at the institution, through applying a robust assessment framework; raising awareness on importance of teaching mission of an institution; influencing further policy discussions, putting emphasis on teaching and learning in quality assurance procedures. It also tackles aspect of students’ motivation and readiness for SCL.
Moreover project aims to introduce a new excellence-oriented procedure for rewarding “student-centeredness”. So far no specific assessments of SCL have been carried out on European level. The proposed European label for “Student centered institution” will alleviate this shortcoming.