23rd Working Group on Learning Meeting

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07 November 2011

As stated in article 10.10 of CEPOL’s founding Council Decision “The Governing Board may decide, in cases of strict necessity to establish working groups to make recommendations, to develop and propose strategies, training concepts and tools, or to perform any other advisory task deemed necessary by the GB. The GB shall draw up the rules governing the creation and functioning of the working groups.”

Therefore the need for “permanent” working groups is being questioned and the current structure of the WGL will be re-considered for the future. It is obvious however that the experts of the group will continue to work and contribute to the improvement of the core tasks of CEPOL, i.e. “learning opportunities”.

During the 23rd meeting, the following issues were debated:

1 – Rationalisation of CEPOL

Working groups contrary to committees may be created in accordance with the 2005 Council Decision, “in case of strict necessity”. The question of the most efficient structure having a realistic remit, with achievable and evaluable deliverables is looked at. The Chair of the WGL met the Chair of the project group on rationalisation at CEPOL last week.

2 – Survey on learning methods outcome

The WGL was tasked by the TRC to carry out an evaluation of the use of learning methods for CEPOL courses. A subgroup of three experts in the group proceeded with the following approach:

  • 98 “learning opportunities” were looked at by the subgroup. Out of these 98, 47 were analysed.
  • 9 learning methods were identified: lectures by experts, presentations by participants, group work/workshop, plenary discussion, individual work, study visit , demonstrations (of case studies or technical ones), panel discussions, exercises (ex: TOPSPOC).

The subgroup and the WGL recommend this document be forwarded to TRC.

3 – Role of the WGL with regards to common curricula:

During the last TRC meeting, the WGL was asked to improve the common curricula description. It was suggested to select one or two of them, namely THB and Money Laundering, and assess the descriptions.

The WGL’s recommendation is:

  • To update the common curricula to find a better match with educational standards and levels
  • To set up a long term implementation plan for CC used in national curricula in order to achieve core standards of the Bologna Process

4 – Bologna process review

For the past few years CEPOL has completed many surveys (SEPEB) and conducted seminars and conferences that were Bologna related. There are many concrete actions like common curricula and the Erasmus style mobility programme which are in line with Bologna principles. However, a comprehensive approach on how to realise the maximum potential of a harmonised police education area in Europe is still missing. This could be done with the support of Bologna process reforms in line with security programmes like the Stockholm Programme and the European Police Training Scheme as well as the OCTA and SOCTA reports.

The aim of this review is not only to raise awareness but also to bring forward concrete strategic proposals on how to reach a Harmonised European Police Education area with the support of CEPOL’s network. A draft proposal is therefore forwarded to the TRC.

5 – Survey on the use of the LMS and highlight report on LMS and e-Learning

The group stressed the following findings: the survey focuses on the changes and 57 courses used LMS to support training.

The WGL took note of the result and comments as follows:

  • The report reveals that informal learning continues even during the months where there are no courses.
  • Cascading of this kind of training is unclear. Should the invitation go to the NCP? What is the audience? Course and e-Net Managers for sure are the core target.
  • Webinars should be used in a more strategic way. The WGL is concerned by the learning effect of the use of LMS. A survey should focus on who are the most frequent users; accessibility to webinars may be difficult from some countries.

A proposal is brought forward by the group: an e-survey on the LMS should be launched as a survey tool. The WGL will provide the questions within two weeks.

7 – Post course learning reinforcement

It is suggested to add two hours in each course on the use of the LMS to enable and motivate course managers, to generate more involvement. The policy with regards to post course learning reinforcement should be revised due to the adding of LMS. A small “ready-to-use” module should be added on the LMS.

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