Industry Development at Banks and Insurance Companies through Flexible Lifelong Learning

Reference number 2018-03824
Coordinator Mittuniversitetet - Avdelningen för utbildningsvetenskap
Funding from Vinnova SEK 5 969 761
Project duration November 2018 - October 2020
Status Ongoing

Purpose and goal

The purpose of the BUFFL project is to strengthen skills in a strategically important labour market area (banking and insurance) while stimulating lifelong learning. The project initiates new and further development of ongoing efforts using flexible methods for technology-enhanced learning in working life. Mid Sweden University (MSU) researchers from the fields of Business Administration and Education work together with the needs owners to develop a model for flexible short higher education courses for professionals.

Expected results and effects

The project includes the Mid Sweden University (MSU research groups Centre for research in Economic Relations (CER) and Higher Education and E-Learning (HEEL). CER and HEEL collaborate in the project with the Department of Business Studies at Uppsala University and the Faculty of Business at Kristianstad University. The needs owners are also active in the three regions the institutions represent. This design intends to provide a valid model of how this kind of education can be designed. MSU evaluates the model within the framework of a parallel research project.

Planned approach and implementation

BUFFL runs over two years and contains three phases that partially intersect and repeat on several occasions. Pre-projecting is based on disciplinary competence of CER and wishes from the needs owners. HEEL creates a preliminary educational model embracing appropriate educational methods and technology enhanced learning. During the implementation phase, courses are tested together with the employees of the needs owners. The evaluation phase analyses completed courses with the aim of contributing to the further development of the courses and the preliminary educational model.

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