Center for Technology-Enhanced Learning

Gleanings: Stuttgart symposium on vocational and academic orientation in SEK II on 5 October 2017

At the beginning of October, the third of four specialist conferences on career and study orientation for grammar school teachers took place at the University of Stuttgart as part of the OLGA project with around 90 participants.

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. In order to continue the skills acquired in Section I, the state government, together with the Baden-Württemberg regional directorate of the Federal Employment Agency, has developed a guide to vocational and study orientation at the course level for grammar schools.

The all-day symposium on 5th October, which was planned by the Centre for Media Learning (ZML) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Regional Council Stuttgart and the working groups grammar school - economy - university, focused on the concrete implementation of the guidelines.

The morning of the symposium with information and presentations on the keynote speeches and introductions.

Information and presentations on the forums in the afternoon.

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∂


9:30amWelcome and introduction

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

  • Presentation of the administrative regulation for the implementation of the guide in SEK II (Jan Wohlgemuth, Ministry of Culture)
    (cancelled at short notice)

  • Presentation of the OLGA project and results of the initial survey (Michaela Koehl and Carolin Henken, ZML)
10:30 a.m.Keynote lecture 1: Career and study orientation in the 2016 education plan (Christina Schleuer, Regional Council Stuttgart)
11:15 a.m.Coffee break
11:30 a.m.Keynote lecture 2: The Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) of the University of Stuttgart - Our offers for study orientation (Reiner Laue, ZSB/University of Stuttgart)
12:15Keynote lecture 3: Vocational guidance services offered by the Federal Employment Agency and cooperation in tandem with schools (Claudia Prusik, Regional Directorate Baden-Württemberg of the Federal Employment Agency)
1:00 p.m.Lunch break with snack
2:00 p.m.Forums with collegial exchange

  • Forum 1: Parental work in the course level (Thomas Schwarz, Agentur für Arbeit Schwäbisch Gmünd, Dr. Gerhard Altmann, Nikola Knies)

  • Forum 2: Integration of the education partnerships (Carolin Amos, Eva Leistner)

  • Forum 3: Organisational implementation of the guide - with a view to the subjects (Ralf Engel)

  • Forum 4: Formats of study orientation at universities - joint development towards optimal design (Ulrich Krieger, ZSB/University of Hohenheim)
3:00 p.m.2nd round of forums 1-3 with collegial exchange
4:00 p.m.End of the event

Conferences within the OLGA project

The symposium in Stuttgart was one of four symposia 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.

Project partners