Recognition and validation of learning outcomes

Author/Cbuilder

Ulla Alexandra Mattl
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Part One

TNAM Initiative / project description

Title

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Recognition and validation of learning outcomes

Description

Description

Recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning (or validation des acquis de l’expérience, VAE) has become an issue of considerable importance in European policy initiatives. Its importance was re-emphasised in the Helsinki communiqué (European Commission, 2006) issued by the European Ministers for vocational education and training (VET). In their review of VET priorities in Member States, ‘promoting the recognition of non-formal and informal learning to support career development and lifelong learning’ was identified as needing ‘more attention’ as one of the means of ‘improving the attractiveness and quality of vocational education and training’.

On the 20th of December 2012, the Council published a recommendation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning (2012/C 398/01), acknowledging its important role in enhancing employability and mobility, as well as increasing motivation for lifelong learning, particularly in the case of the socio-economically disadvantaged or the low-qualified. The communication encourages member states to have in place, no later than 2018, in accordance with national circumstances and specificities, and as they deem appropriate, certain arrangements for the validation of non-formal and informal learning.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32012H1222%2801%29
For the current programming period important features should be emphasised such as the recognition and validation of skills and qualifications, the international dimension, multilingualism and equity and inclusion. Indeed, Erasmus+ aims at facilitating the access to learning mobility to disadvantaged learners (disability, poor socio-economic background, migrants, remote areas inhabitants, etc.).

In ADAM 440 projects can be found when entering the search term validation.

Keywords / TAGS
recognition, validation, informal learning, non-formal learning, EQF

Coordinator contact details

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ulla-alexandra.mattl@eucis-lll.eu

Coordinator Country

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Coordinator Region (NUTS code)

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Partners

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Theme

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  • Higher Education
  • Labour market
  • Lifelong learning
  • Recognition, transparency, certification

Target Groups

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  • Individuals
  • Careers officers
  • Non teaching administrative staff

Type

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  • Best practice
  • European Qualification Framework

Sector

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  • Education

Educational sector

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  • Adult Education Provider
  • Higher education
  • Centres for guidance, counselling or accreditation

Year

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2015
additional info if needed

Language

Your Project language (ISO 639-2)
eng
Languages you will look for

Part Two

TNAM results

1. LLP project or related resource

Title
     TALOE – Time to Assess Learning Outcomes in E-learning (EDEN, EUCEN)
Hyperlink
    http://taloe.up.pt/
Comments/Description
    TALOE project intends to promote the internal consistency of online courses by using the ALOA model (Aligning Learning Outcomes and Assessment). The main goal of TALOE is to develop a web-based platform to help teachers and trainers decide on the e-assessment strategies to use in their online courses.

2. LLP project or related resource

Title
    Observal-net (EUCEN)
Hyperlink
    http://www.eucen.eu/OBSERVALnet
Comments/Description
    The objective is to create transversal networks capable of developing national and transnational evidence-based models of best practices in VNIL; to develop coherent, comprehensive and flexible models for VNIL practices and recommendations, drawn from a comparative analysis of examples of best practices across European countries
    To mainstream these practices through strategic development and policy making at national- regional level

3. LLP project or related resource

Title
    Building learning societies ( La Ligue/SOLIDAR)
Hyperlink
    http://solidar.org/Building-Learning-Societies,1263.html
Comments/Description
    This project aims to develop an awareness-raising campaign for the validation of learning outcomes of non-formal and informal learning as a tool to further improve adults’ career perspectives and stimulate their further education and training.

4. LLP project or related resource

Title
    OPIR (FREREF)
Hyperlink
    http://freref.eu/opir/page.php?page_id=2
Comments/Description
    The project’s main objective is to develop a system of credit points on 2 trades, hairdresser and automation, providing learners transfer and accumulation of units of learning outcomes. The project does NOT aim to create a common qualification, but to ensure full transparency of all qualifications within the scope of these two professions. The qualifications will be, in whole or in part, organized in common units. This implies to specify learning outcomes and evaluation standards for each unit.

Part Three

CB4LLP Action Plan

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Equipment

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Systems to document taken actions

Part Four

CB4LLP Impact analysis

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