Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning

Gleanings: Freiburg conference on vocational and study orientation in SEK II on 28 September 2017

At the end of September, around 170 teachers at the University of Freiburg took part in the second of four specialist conferences on career and study orientation for grammar school teachers organised as part of the OLGA project.

In the course level of the Gymnasium - with the Abitur in mind - vocational and study orientation for pupils gains new importance. The 2016 Education Plan anchored this topic more intensively at the Gymnasium through the introduction of the guiding perspective "Vocational Orientation" and the subject "Business / Vocational and Study Orientation", which was established for the lower secondary level.

Contact persons at ZML
Michaela Koehl
Phone: +49 721 608-48202
e-mail: michaela.koehl∂

Carolin Henken
Phone: +49 721 608-48204
E-mail: carolin.henken∂

In order to continue the skills acquired in SEK I, the state government, together with the Baden-Württemberg Regional Directorate of the Federal Employment Agency, has developed a guide for vocational and study orientation for grammar schools.

At the all-day conference on 28th September, which was planned by the Centre for Media Learning (ZML) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Freiburg Regional Council and the working group Gymnasium - Wirtschaft - Hochschule (grammar school - economy - university), the focus was on the concrete implementation of the guidelines.

The morning of the symposium with information and presentations on the keynote speech, introductions and presentations

Information and presentations on the afternoon consolidation forums


9:30 a.m.Welcome (Prof. Juliane Besters-Dilger, Vice Rector for Studies and Teaching at the University of Freiburg)
9:45amPresentation of the new administrative regulation and relevant projects

  • Presentation of the BESTOR project (Volker Oechsle, Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg)

  • Presentation of the BEST2 method kit (Central Student Advisory Service Freiburg)

  • Presentation of the OLGA project and results of the initial survey (ZML)

  • Presentation of the administrative regulation for the implementation of the guide in SEK II (Jan Wohlgemuth, Ministry of Culture)
11:45 a.m.Keynote lecture with discussion: Factors influencing decision-making processes in vocational orientation for young people (Christiane Westhauser, University of Ulm)
12:00 noonLunch break with snack
1:00 p.m.Introduction: Modules, dimensions of vocational orientation according to the education plan (Dr. Gerfried Kübler, Regierungspräsidium Freiburg)
1:45 p.m.Session 1 with in-depth forums

  • Consolidation forum 1: Preparation - implementation - follow-up of the study information day (Dr. Friedrich Arndt, ZSB Uni Freiburg / Martin Fichter, working group high school - economy - university)

  • Advanced Forum 2: Skills - Interests - Values - (Life) Goals (Ute Benninghofen & Dr. Florian von Dobeneck, Project Best2, University of Freiburg / Dr. Inan Yesilgül, Working Group High School - Economy - University)

  • Advanced Studies Forum 3: Guided Research (Ulrike Leitner, University of Konstanz / Philipp Schwarz, Working Group High School - Economy - University)

    NOTE TO PARTICIPANTS: Please bring your laptop or tablet with you to this consolidation forum!

  • Consolidation forum 4: E-portfolio work in the career orientation process (Christian Staden, Institute of Technology and Education at the University of Bremen / Konrad Oberdörfer, working group high school - economy - university)

  • Consolidation forum 5: Parent work (Stefanie Boerner, working group high school - economy - university)

  • Advanced Study Forum 6: For members of the Executive Board (Dr. Gerfried Kübler, Regional Council Freiburg)
2:45 p.m.Coffee break
3:45 p.m.Session II with in-depth forums 1 to 6
5:00 p.m.End of the event

Further helpful links to the Freiburg symposium:

Conferences within the OLGA project

The symposium in Freiburg was one of four conferences held in cooperation with the four regional councils of Baden-Württemberg - Karlsruhe, Freiburg, Stuttgart and Tübingen. In addition to professional inputs, general conditions and the practice-oriented exchange on the topic of career and study orientation in Sek II, the needs of teachers with regard to extended career orientation competence were surveyed. The results of these participant surveys will be incorporated into the development of an online course on study orientation for teachers of secondary level II at grammar schools (OLGA), which will be developed in the course of the coming year. The OLGA project is also a component of the "Education Chains" initiative.

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