LIFE is a university-wide project-based course, which is compulsory for all Bachelor and Master level students (with the exception of students from the following study programmes: Film Arts, Art Teacher, Music Teacher, Cinematography, Digital Library Learning, Mathematics Teacher, Vocational Teacher, Teacher of Several Subjects, Adult Education for Social Change). All six academic units are responsible for supervising LIFE (BFM, School of Digital Technologies, School of Educational Sciences, School of Humanities, School of Natural Sciences and Health, School of Governance, Law and Society) and Haapsalu College, with the aim to ensure that all the students could participate in the LIFE course, which is included in the study programmes.
LIFE is a study course where students from different study areas collaborate with academics to carry out projects focusing on interdisciplinary problems of their own interest. LIFE course is assessed on a non-differentiated assessment scale and has a course volume of 6 ECTS. Work is carried out in teams that consist of 6-8 students, including students from at least three different study areas.
We are not students of some subject matter, but students of problems. And problems may cut right across the boundaries of any subject matter or discipline. (Karl Raimond Popper)
The main objective of LIFE (course description) is to support the development of general competences and teamwork skills, which would foster the development of the competence of resolving interdisciplinary problems. The teaching activities of the lecturer in the LIFE course encompass the skill of involving groups of students to participate actively in the learning process. If the supervisor is a lecturer, one of his/her main tasks is to foster the development of students’ thinking and argumentative skills that would contribute to problem solving, metacognitive skills and critical thinking and would help the student to develop into an independent and self-directing learner. The effectiveness of supervisors also determines how well the learning outcomes are acquired. Taking the deeper purpose of problem-based teaching and learning as the basis, LIFE course teaches students self-management, application of knowledge and lifelong learning skills.
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LIFE project ideas for autumn semester 2019/2020 can be submitted until June 11 at elu.tlu.ee!
All the LIFE project idea authors are recommended to take part in summer/winter seminar and/or infoseminar at the beginning of the semester, where LIFE Coordinators will cover all the important topics and dates about the new semester.
To participate in the course, students need to choose a project they like on the LIFE webpage and join the project (using TLU account for Study Information System). It is possible to join projects within the period of time indicated in the Academic Calendar as regards the registration for courses. It is not possible to register for the LIFE course in the Study Information System; the course is added to the student’s study plan by the coordinators of the course after two weeks from the end of the registration.
If your LIFE project lasts two semesters then LIFE course will be registered to your study plan on the second semester. This means that students will get their credit points on the second semester.
The initiator of a LIFE project idea can be lecturer (LIFE 1.0), student (LIFE 2.0) or partner from outside the university (LIFE 3.0: entrepreneurs, NGOs, organizations etc.).
LIFE 1.0: supervisors is a lecturer
LIFE 2.0: supervisor is a student
LIFE 3.0: author of the idea from outside the university
|the idea of the project is initiated by one or more lecturers;||the idea of the project is initiated by a student;||the idea of the project is initiated by a partner from outside the university - form;|
|the lecturers will prepare preliminary project idea that max three group can start working with;||the student will prepare preliminary project idea that max 1 project group can start working with;||LIFE coordinators get in touch and look for a co-supervisor from the university;|
|when there is only one supervisor, it is advisable to look for a co-supervisor;||in order to ensure the students' readiness to manage the project and the LIFE group, one must find for the project mentor-supervisor;||LIFE project is the result of cooperation between the partner, the students and the university lecturer.|
|to ensure a favourable teaching environment for lecturers, they have the possibility to participate in trainings, seminars, staff mobility and have regular meetings (e.g. LIFEworkshop).||to ensure that the student is prepared to supervise the project or LIFE teamwork, the student, similarly to lecturers, has the possibility to participate in trainings and lectures.|
andatory work in LIFE course:
1. completion and presentation of the mid-term report
A week before the feedback session of the intermediate week each team of the project has to fill in the mid-term one-pager.
2. Participation in the feedback session of the intermediate week
Feedback sessions take place during the intermediate week of the semester and last for about two hours. A lecturer from the university who provides feedback takes part in the feedback sessions and s/he will give constructive feedback to the students about their project meeting the aims of the LIFE course.
3. Making a poster
The results of the project are presented in the form of a poster(s) and students take part in the LIFE presentation day. Posters give a clear overview of the project’s goal, problem, results and conclusions.
5. Self-reflection report
Student’s reflection to evaluate one’s own and team members’ the contribution.
6. Presentation of LIFE project results
The presentation day of LIFE projects is held as a session. One session lasts for two hours and five teams present the results of their project.
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