This toolbox approach guidance should be used in the process of designing educational packages to ensure that the courses and educational programmes are designed in a way that is recognisable across the European Union (EU) and provides useful information for instructors, teachers and Maritime Education and Training institutions( MET). It will also assist in developing educational packages and facilitate evaluation and quality assurance processes.
The toolbox is intended mainly for teachers, instructors, professors, course developers, and others when creating a course
The toolbox contains three elements: the curriculum; the course description; and evaluation of the course.
The initial part of the design is the curriculum development.
To define the exact learning outcome, it is necessary to know at which European Qualification Level (EQF) (European Commission 2016 a)
and which target group the course is aiming.
The elements of the curriculum are interdependent, as the qualification level and the way the decided learning outcome – knowledge, skills, and responsibility and autonomy – are described indicates what is to be assessed and the choice of assessment method.
When the skills needed are known, the level of qualifications and the competences to be achieved may be described using the EQF descriptors.
The second part of the toolbox covers the course details, teaching methods, material and assessment. The focus is on the teaching methods, as they should be aligned with the learning objectives and assessment methods.
The third and final part addresses the evaluation of the course, the review and the suggested changes. Special attention should be given as to who is responsible for the review and the changes.