Empower Future Learning

Do you want to shape the school of the future and accompany your colleagues on the transformation process? Develop the necessary implementation strategies here.

Experience new learning scenarios and implement, reflect and further develop them in your own teaching. In this CAS you will become a ‘Future Learning Coach‘ and you will develop implementation strategies and new forms of continuing education for your school.

  • You will appreciate modern schools’ potential for development. 

  • You will examine your own educational mindset. 

  • You will acquire the skills you need for the digital age. 

  • You will develop methods and learning units suited to 21st century skills. 

  • You will plan and implement a change project at your own institution. 

  • You will enable your colleagues to develop expertise in digital transformation.

Factsheet

  • Degree/Certificate Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
  • Duration 360 working hours spread over 3 semesters
  • Schedule Block Thursday afternoon for lessons or individual project work
  • Application deadline Registration deadline is 6 weeks before the start. Early registration is recommended.
  • ECTS credits 12 ECTS-credits
  • Costs CHF 8,500. As part of an incentive scheme, schoolteachers qualify for a discount of CHF 2,000.
  • Teaching language German
  • Location Online or at the participating schools (Switzerland)
  • Department Business
  • Next session Please visit the German website for more information

Contact

To register, please visit the German website. 

Content + structure

Portrait

Future-oriented teaching, new learning scenarios, agile methods: in this part-time continuing education programme, we will familiarise you with the model of the ‘six mindsets’ (Permantier: Mindset Matters, 2019). You will examine your own educational mindset as a teacher. You will bear this in mind throughout the challenges of digital transformation. You will plan your own continuing education priorities on a semester-by-semester basis, realise your corresponding goals in a self-directed manner, regularly discuss them in a ‘Working Out Loud circle’ (WOL feedback) and reflect on development in an ePortfolio.

Learning outcomes

Over the course of the CAS, you will acquire new competencies or expand on your existing skills in various areas. The programme focuses on the following areas:

Educational mindset

  • Contextualising your own mindset 

  • Categorising the mindset of your institution  

  • Developing learning scenarios suited to 21st-century skills 

Methodology

  • Plan and implement skill-centred learning settings  

  • Adopt different types of workplace learning (e.g. Working Out Loud) 

  • Initiate and guide different forms of collaborative working  

  • Document your own development process (ePortfolio)

Learning culture transformation

  • Outline possible development steps  

  • Recognise and take advantage of the opportunities offered by networked learning  

  • Develop and initiate a strategy for your own institution (change process) 

  • Guide your own institution on its path to becoming a learning organisation

The learning process is designed to promote ‘lifelong learning’. Working in a small network (WOL circle), you will develop new learning scenarios, use them in your own teaching, reflect on them and develop them further. The overall process is based on today’s agile models: the small learning and development steps allow for plenty of flexibility.

Semester 1 

  • You will reflect on your own teaching and develop new learning settings. 

  • You will examine the educational mindset that the school of the future needs and consider what is required for a successful change process. 

Semester 2 

  • You will implement new learning settings in your own teaching within the framework of WOL circles (Working Out Loud). 

  • Based on your findings from the first semester, you will develop a strategy for transforming the learning culture in your own school. 

Semester 3 

  • You will explore skills-based methods for new learning settings in greater depth. 

  • Following consultation with the head teacher, you will begin to implement the strategy you have developed in your own school. 

  • You will evaluate the implementation of the strategy and continuously adapt it as required. 

  • You will continue to guide the transformation of the school’s learning culture. 

To enable you to implement the methods and content in your own school, this part-time continuing education programme is structured according to what is known as the ‘pedagogical double-decker’ format.

  • The focus of this programme is on ‘Workplace Learning’ and therefore on working on your own projects. You will, however, meet regularly with other participants in WOL circles. 

  • Halfway through the programme, you will begin conducting a continuing education project involving the teaching staff at your own school. 

  • Presentations, tutorials, literature study, reflection, participation in the O365 Learning Lab and eCollaboration are other methods that feature in this programme. 

To earn this CAS qualification, you must attend contact hours on a regular basis, participate actively in the WOL circle and pass the competency assessment. The assessment is based on your ePortfolio, documenting the development steps and reflecting on your own learning process.

Title + qualification

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) of Bern University of Applied Sciences ‘Empower Future Learning’ (12 ECTS credits)

Lecturers

Our lecturers are proven experts with extensive practical and theoretical knowledge in their subject areas. They have at least a university degree plus many years of experience in higher education. 

Requirements + admission

Are you a teaching professional with an inquiring mind? Would you like to develop your school, turning it into an attractive and future-ready organisation? Bring your professional knowledge to this part-time continuing education programme.

You will be admitted to the programme with a university degree /teaching qualification and at least two years of professional experience.

You are an established member of the teaching staff at a German-speaking school in Switzerland.

The head teacher at your school is interested in a change process and is willing to offer you support and the leeway to introduce any potential developments to the school. 

You are interested in modernising the teaching profession (learning-centred approach) and are ready to question your own teaching mindset.

You do not need to be an ‘IT expert,’ but basic computer literacy and a willingness to explore new media are important.

For all students of our CAS programmes we offer a half-day course Effective Learning. Attendance is recommended and is free of charge for CAS students. At this event, you will learn about the practice-oriented learning style used at universities of applied science.

Organisation + registration

The duration of the programme is three semesters. Teaching takes place on Thursday afternoons – online and in the participating schools.

To register, please visit the German website. 

Documents required for registration

You can register online via registration form. For registration we require following documents (in PDF format, max. 1 MB per document): 

  • Diplomas 

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • Passport-sized photo (in JPG format) 

Please upload these documents even if you have already submitted them for another application. 

Organisational aspects of the CAS

360 working hours over three semesters.

Teaching takes place on Thursday afternoons. This half-day will consist, by turns, of contact hours, individual work on your own projects and regular meetings in the WOL circles.

Registration closes six weeks before the programme begins. We recommend that you register early to avoid disappointment. 

CHF 8,500. As part of an incentive scheme, schoolteachers qualify for a discount of CHF 2,000.

All course materials and assessments are included in the price. 

 

The general terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to make changes. In case of doubt, the wording of the official BFH regulations are binding. 

Advice

Study Counselling

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Head of CAS Programme

Administration office

Information events

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we offer you our personal advice in addition to the information events.  By telephone or online via MS Teams.

Please contact us!

E-mail: weiterbildung.wirtschaft@bfh.ch 
Phone: 031 848 34 02

Location + facilities

Teaching will take place online and in the participating schools.