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[OOFHEC2018] Darco Jansen: Current status of micro-credentials and short programmes in Europe


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Presentation during OOFHEC2018 Conference at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark

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[OOFHEC2018] Darco Jansen: Current status of micro-credentials and short programmes in Europe

  1. 1. Current status of micro-credentials and short programmes in Europe Learning with MOOCs 2018 Madrid 27 September 2018
  2. 2. Thank you!!! Coordinator Partner
  3. 3. Lifelong learning , continuous education and continuous professional development are underdeveloped in large parts of the EU (see EU Education and Training Monitor, 2017)
  4. 4. Key elements Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) • Online/blended SLPs are flexible and scalable to serve large numbers, needed to close the knowledge and skills gap in Europe • SLPs also keep innovative knowledge and skills of workforce up to date • SLPs better anticipate on careers of tomorrow than degree programmes • Building block to complete degrees
  5. 5. Short Learning Programmes Short Learning Programmes (SLPs): certified CE/CPD programmes, responding to the needs on the EU labour market, innovative knowledge and competence development for innovation, employability, career development and entrepreneurship. Sectoral and tranversal. Hence, SLPs are entirely part of the Modenisation Agenda and the Digital Education Action Plan of the European Commission. SLPs also respond to the demand and life conditions of large numbers of students aged 25+ for a short study period in order to obtain an award, a certificate or a diploma at diverse qualification levels (EQF from 4 to 8: foundation, bachelor, master and doctoral level).
  6. 6. SLPs – fit with EQF required
  7. 7. E-SLP project: • Defining the concept and position of Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) • Empowering university leadership and staff, including developing institutional policies • Developing guidelines for collaborative SLPs and related mobility • Developing recognition frameworks • Mainstreaming SLPs as a specific area of university provision, next to degree education and open education
  8. 8. 3 main results E-SLP contributing to improving the EU education landscape: • Analysis and blueprint for institutional and governmental policies and strategies • Pilots on collaborative SLPs resulting in models and guidelines for development and for QA / recognition of SLPs • Portal with SLP offering
  9. 9. Three areas of provision emerging Degree education Continuous education / CPD Open education, MOOCs InternationalNational 14
  10. 10. The changing pedagogical landscape Blended degree education: • Bachelor, Master, PhD • Business model: regulated, not-for-profit; education as a public good, not as a commodity Blended and online continuous education • CPD, SLP’s and non- accredited education • Business model: non- regulated, not-for-profit, for profit Open Education • MOOCs, OERs, open media, open knowledge • Business model: non- regulated, not-for profit InternationalNational 15
  11. 11. Three areas of provision: different profiles Degree education zone, backbone in the education system to develop complex academic and professional competences: bachelor, master, PhD – increasingly blended solutions to raise quality and to face growing student numbers. Online distance higher education provides flexibility for lifelong learners. Continuous education and training on demand, valorisation of knowledge to support innovation in the public and private sector, based on research and development. Flexibility requires online or blended solutions, such as (virtual) seminars, CPD, knowledge alliance and corporate university initiatives, short learning programmes, master classes, expert schools, etc. It includes knowledge networks for professionals or business sectors. Open education and knowledge sharing area, pushing knowledge online into the public domain: OERs, MOOCs, open media, open access/open innovation materials – preferably to be designed and arranged according to the needs of user groups/networks 16
  12. 12. Short programmes Online short programmes are an educational spin-off product of research, innovation and education in universities, from which they are derived. They contribute to the core mission of universities, sharing education with all citizens by open accessibility (open education), transferring and valorising innovative knowledge to enterprises (continuing education, CPD), and formally or informally integrating SLPs as an enriching learning experience in blended degree education (bachelor, master, doctorate).
  13. 13. Thank you!!! Coordinator Partner