Every academic year at Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) starts with a
two-week long preparatory phase for the staff in order to get ready for
the incoming students. These two weeks are a part of a larger Faculty
Development Programme (FDP), which is designed to promote a culture of
continuous improvement and support the Quality Management System policy.
The FDP covers professional development activities throughout the academic
FDP is conducted at three levels: an institutional component under the
guidance of the Dean, a departmental component that addresses department
specific needs and a personal development segment.
The BALTDEFCOL FDP’s preparatory phase for the academic year 2022-2023 was
held between 01 and 13 August. The aim, as always, was to serve as an
integration of newly arrived staff members within the College and faculty
within respective departments.
The college-wide programme included informational sessions on the
communication and educational systems used at the college, also sessions
on education planning, classroom observation, assessment, and research
paper supervision. To complement these more procedure oriented sessions
the programme this year also engaged Dr Grete Arro from Tallinn University
who discussed with the faculty ‘Why can’t students apply what they have
learned?’ and ‘The role of cognitive engagement in the learning process
and why and how to achieve it. She sparked interest but also some
questions regarding the teaching-learning process at the college.
Dr Jörg Muth’s from the Department of Leadership and Management Studies,
himself an experienced wargamer, facilitated two days of war-gaming for
the faculty. These two days proved frustrating and fascinating, in equal
measure, as the players familiarized themselves with the game logic and
tried to make real-life fit the requirements of the game. The
operational Wargaming System is newly developed by the United States
Wargaming has become an important tool for military and civilian
students’ education and BALTDEFCOL and it has formed a cooperation
opportunity with the Marine Corps University at Quantico to establish
expertise in the subject.