EULAND21: Updated guidelines for landscape architecture education and elaboration into learning lines

Now all institutes of higher education in landscape architecture can make use of an updated elaboration of learning aims, learning outcomes, activities, assessment modes and lists of reference.

This is an outcome of an EU Erasmus+ programme 2016-1-LT01-KA203-023219 Trans European Education of Landscape Architects – EU-LAND21. The partners of the project were Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (coordinator), Lithuania, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia, Szent István University, Hungary, the Dutch School of Landscape Architecture the Netherlands, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland, and the association IFLA-Europe.

The available reports present the framework for higher landscape architecture education in Europe (Output 1) and a conceptual framework for the development of landscape architecture study programmes. It is based on a set of academic competences, corresponding blocks of competences (learning lines) and training subject modules (TSMs) and relevant learning methods and materials (for instance reference books). The learning lines are developed for the whole learning trajectory of 1st and 2nd cycle, for bachelor and master-level.

The relation between programme, subject specific competences, blocks of competences (learning lines), modules and courses

The learning lines are based on the subject specific competences provided by the ECLAS Guidance report of 2010. Each serves as a continuous learning-teaching trajectory through the whole programme.  For the blocks of competences (learning lines) a Learning Line Card (LLC-card) is developed (Appendix A1). For every learning line the following aspects are defined: description of the content, competence(s) developed, level according to the European Qualifications Framework, learning aims for the levels basic, intermediate, advanced and master, amount of ECTS credits, annotation, aim of the LL, planned LL learning outcomes, examples of a role / roles, examples of the situation(s), actions with criteria for assessment, results with criteria for assessment, suggested modules with ECTS, supporting courses, and references

Schools can use the material that is found on the LE:NOTRE repository further develop their programmes and modules or to review their learning aims and outcomes. The material can also inspire to update assessment methods and references.

Later this year an exemplary set of modules will be available. Vilnius Gediminas Technical University plans to start a new landscape architecture course in 2020.

For any questions on the EU-LAND21 project and its results schools can contact Gintaras Stauskis (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University) or Jeroen de Vries (LE:NOTRE Institute).