From Copenhagen to the world

Alejandra Hamann
21/12/16
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Copenhaguen, Denmark

The decision to adopt a digital platform as a new training method promises to bring future graduates closer to the career they want.

Copenhagen Business Academy is Denmark’s largest business academy. A few months ago, this academic institution decided to implement the Moodlerooms LMS.

The decision was made to better prepare students for “real world” work environments.  Copenhagen Business Academy achieved this through various activities and practical exercises where students can develop the skills needed to perform well.

Carsten Storgaard, who has worked with digital learning for more than 20 years, is a key person at Copenhagen Business Academy who monitors, supports, trains, and encourages teachers and students to use technology within the Moodlerooms platform. He also helped create a guide of seven key factors (differences and attributes) that help students find the ideal job opportunity.

Foto AFP Claus Bjorn Larsen Kim Mikkelsen Copenhagen Business Academy (28)

1. Teachers organize teams of 5 to 7 people with multidisciplinary competences, in order to offer holistic knowledge to students through specific tools that the current labor market needs.

2. The courses are developed based on real cases. Teams apply their knowledge with real life obstacles in mind in order to find practical solutions. Courses are designed for periods of 4 to 5 weeks. Storgaard explains that, “four hours of economics, four of accounting or marketing don’t exist anymore.” Students work on projects to gain the experience of working firsthand with clients. First, the cases are thoroughly explained and then the students must implement applicable theories to those particular cases.

3. Thanks to Moodlerooms, professionals from different fields, such as accounting, economics or business administration can create versatile, quality contents. The courses aim to meet the participants’ specific needs, including time flexibility. With Moodlerooms, individual work can also be included within group activities. This methodology seeks to make the students’ academic process more efficient and engaging.

4. The workshop module and forums are key areas to begin tasks, initiate discussions, and deliver feedback between students and teachers. There is also a Wiki tool to create definitions, concepts, and personalized portfolios. Additionally, the Mahara, GAFE, and Office 365 platforms offer options that strengthen group work.

Moodlerooms offers an excellent communication channel to share practical knowledge. Additionally, a variety of activities are strengthened so that students are in real working situations.

5. Carsten Storgaard points out that Copenhagen Business Academy programs offer a variety of courses related to finance and economics that last for 4 and 6 weeks. “The idea is that our students end up working for banks, insurers, real estate, marketing or administrative service area.” It is expected that about 12,000 students will participate at the beginning of next year.

6. The benefits of new educational technologies are for both students and teachers. “The advantages for the latter are summarized by being able to build coherent courses through programs with an interface that has certain reusable forms and contents. In this way, some teachers would be moving from an imperious system to another considered a ‘playground’. In addition, with Moodlerooms, teachers will easily carry out their activities and will surely attract their students,” Storgaard summarizes.

7. The main difference between regular university academic programs and the Copenhagen Business Academy digital program is that, with Moodlerooms, there is a ‘window’ to promote discussions. It offers an excellent communication channel to share practical knowledge. Additionally, a variety of activities are strengthened so that students are in real working situations.

Each of these strategies were designed to increase future professionals’ chances in their quest to find a job where they are happy, able to succeed, and recognized as skillful change agents. Thanks to Moodle, Copenhagen Business Academy discovered new tools of the digital age that provide a quality education that is not just focused on theory, but on practice and analysis as well.

 

*Carsten Storgaard, Learning Technology Ninja at Copenhaguen Business Academy

*Photos by: AFP Claus Bjorn

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