وزارة التربية والتعليم العالي

Credit Systems - Learning Approach and Currency -

Session Objectives and Expected Outcomes
This session aims at discussing and better mutual understanding two very popular credit systems in Lebanon, i.e. the American Credit System and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. It also aims at presenting the underlying concepts behind each credit system and more specifically the student centered learning with a focus on the estimation of the student workload.
By the end of the session a participant would:
o be able to explain the concepts underlying the ECTS and the American Credit System;
o be able to compare and discuss the two credit systems;
o be able to integrate the student perspective in student-centered learning;
o be able to estimate/measure the workload of students in a course or module;
o be able to deal with credit transfer and accumulation in a mobility context.

Session Presentations and Practical Results
The session was divided into two parts:
A presentation part and a practical part.

In the first part several presentations were given. The first presentation was delivered by the Director General of Higher Education on the administration perspective regarding credit systems. Three presentations followed, one by Dr. Moueen Salamaeh on the American Credit System and two by Dr. Volker Gehmlich on the main features of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and a focus on the estimation of the student workload.

After that a practical session has been organized where all participants cooperated, discussed and exchanged practices in estimating student workload for courses.
The National Tempus Officer, Dr. Aref Al Soufi then briefly presented the Tempus website and all the groups of participants discussed the major findings and comments from the practical session. The session ended with several conclusions.

Presentation of Dr. Gehmlich (ects_Gehmlich.pdf)
Presentation of Dr. Salameh (american_credit_Salameh.pdf)
Practical Session:
      - download the practical package distributed containing the courses description, tools, ...
      - practical results and presentation

Date: October 11, 2012

Place:Université des Pères Antonins - Baabda

8h30 – 9h00        Registration
9h00 – 9h15        Welcome Note
                     Rev. Fr. Dr. Germanos Germanos
                                Credit Systems - The DG View
                     Dr. Ahmad Jammal
9h15 – 9h45        American Credit System
                     Dr. Moueen Salameh
9h45 – 10h15        ECTS1: Main Features
                     Dr. Volker Gehmlich
10h15 – 10h30        Coffee break
10h30 – 11h00        ECTS2: Student Centered Learning
                     Dr. Volker Gehmlich
11h00 – 12h45        Practical - ECTS Estimating Student Workload
12h45 – 13h00        Presenting Tempus Lebanon Website
                     Dr. Aref AlSoufi
13h00 – 13h45        Presenting the Results of the Practical Session
13h45 – 14h00        Conclusions
                     Dr. Volker Gehmlich

Some background documents:
- ECTS - European Commission
- ECTS - User's Guide
- ECTS - Key Features
- ECTS as a Tool
- ECTS as a Tool for Quality Assurance
- ECTS and Recognition
- ECTS and Workload (Tuning)

American Credit System:
- American Credits
- Credits and Evaluation

ECTS Labels:
- ECTS and Diploma Supplement Labels
- ECTS and DS Label Holders 2009-2010 – Making mobility a reality

Comparison between credit systems:
- Comparing American Credits to International Credits
- Credit Systems in Higher Education Cooperation

This training seminar is supported by the European Union Tempus Programme, by the Lebanese Directorate General of Education and Higher Education and by the “Université des Pères Antonins”.