Location Guided System of Training Solutions and Learning Itineraries Based on Competences Adapted to Users’ Needs: The UOC eLearning GPS

Location Guided System of Training Solutions and Learning Itineraries Based on Competences Adapted to Users’ Needs: The UOC eLearning GPS

Jose López-Ruiz (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain), Pablo Lara-Navarra (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain), Enric Serradell-Lopez (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain) and Josep Antoni Martínez-Aceituno (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/jksr.2011040104
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Abstract

Competency design stands out among the methodological and educational model changes introduced by the EHEA (European Higher Education Area). This concept is a key factor when developing programs based on academic and professional profiles that respond to social and labour market needs. The UOC eLearning GPS is based on competences and is meant to reduce the gap between formal training and the reality of the labour market and social needs that traditionally has characterized the university. These aspects are the basis of this application. Using a language of competences, the application helps the students identify their main skills and capacities, as well as areas of improvement. Following the model of competency design, this tool helps the user detect and reduce the gap between a starting position of competence and his or her learning and training expectations. UOC eLearning GPS application offers solutions and learning itineraries closer to the user’s real learning needs.
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2. Background

Several circumstances gave rise to the proposed innovation driver known as the e-learning GPS. Most of them were the result of the technological and educational changes and transformations that society has undergone in recent years. These circumstances can be neatly divided into two groups: the first is linked to the process of renewal and transformation of the educational panorama, whilst the second is more technological in nature and more closely related to the very proliferation and progress being made in the sphere of ICTs, as will be seen.

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