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BEYOND DIPLOMAS: MAPPING
NEW FORMS OF QUALIFICATION
RECOGNITION AT EUROPEAN
UNIVERSITIES
Mariana Ziku, MA, MSc
Katerina Zo...
Higher Education certifications beyond diplomas
Continuing
Education
Qualification
recognition
Credit
transfer
Micro-crede...
BEYOND DIPLOMAS: MAPPING NEW FORMS OF QUALIFICATION RECOGNITION AT EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES
Scope
1. Certification types
2. C...
Study origin
Project
Implementation of the platform
2020 - 2022
Map range of credential
recognition methods at
HEIs
Januar...
Stage 1 - Selection of 18 HEIs adopting micro-credentials
Micro-credentials
01
Proof(s) of the learning outcomes
that a le...
List of 18 HEIs adopting micro-credentials
Anadolu Universitetsi Akadema
E-learning EKPA
Edward Jenner
Leadership Future L...
Stage 2 - Analysis of practices against 6 parameters
iii. Quality accreditation
iv. Credit acquisition processes based on ...
1. Certification methods in micro-learning programmes
Standard-setting
initiative
9 types of broader assorted
certificatio...
1. Certification methods
Figure:
Variation of
certification
types – 9
broadly defined
categories of
certifications
issued ...
2. Credit transfer and accumulation
Credit
frameworks
Discipline-specific credits
CME, CPD
Transferable, broadly
defined c...
2. Credit transfer and accumulation
Figure: Data
representation of
transferable and non-
transferable credit
types among t...
adhere to one up to four
distinct quality standards
13 out of 18 listed HEIs...
3. Quality Accreditation
Quality standards...
3. Quality Accreditation
Figure: Number of quality
standards obtained by each
case study
Synthesis
Extension of the study
mapping more practices
and implementing the
methodology through
pilot runs in real
educat...
web2learn.eu
info@web2learn_eua
blockademic.iti.gr/en
linkedin.com/in/blockademic-project
twitter.com/AdemicBlock
BEYOND D...
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Presentation by Mariana Ziku and Katerina Zourou at the ePIC conference 2021 ("Building a culture of recognition") https://epic.openrecognition.org/?lang=fr

Acknowledgment: This research has been co‐financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (project code:T2EDK-04180).

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Beyond Diplomas: Mapping New Forms Of Qualification Recognition At European Universities

  1. 1. BEYOND DIPLOMAS: MAPPING NEW FORMS OF QUALIFICATION RECOGNITION AT EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES Mariana Ziku, MA, MSc Katerina Zourou, Ph.D with the support of BlockAdemiC partners Acknowledgment: This research has been co‐financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (project code:T2EDK-04180).
  2. 2. Higher Education certifications beyond diplomas Continuing Education Qualification recognition Credit transfer Micro-credentials Formal and non formal learning in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) Verification of educational activities, qualifications, skills and knowledge Accreditation, transferability and accumulation of credits New types of credentials beyond mainstream credentials as diplomas
  3. 3. BEYOND DIPLOMAS: MAPPING NEW FORMS OF QUALIFICATION RECOGNITION AT EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES Scope 1. Certification types 2. Credit transfer or accumulation Study Analysis of European qualification recognition systems that Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) adopt in the context of micro-credentials/ micro-learning Micro-credentials Collection of 18 Higher Education practices mapped against 3 parameters: 3. Quality accreditation of learning programmes
  4. 4. Study origin Project Implementation of the platform 2020 - 2022 Map range of credential recognition methods at HEIs January - April 2021 Smart contracts: Trust and interoperability of tamper-proofed recorded diplomas and learning outcomes Training passport: record, register and verify certifications and activities BlockAdemiC project
  5. 5. Stage 1 - Selection of 18 HEIs adopting micro-credentials Micro-credentials 01 Proof(s) of the learning outcomes that a learner has acquired following a short learning experience. These learning outcomes have been assessed against transparent standards. Selection criteria 02 a. Deployed by HEIs b. Offer credit recognition practices for credits other than diplomas c. Ongoing in 2021 d. Shared sufficient information publicly about the practice
  6. 6. List of 18 HEIs adopting micro-credentials Anadolu Universitetsi Akadema E-learning EKPA Edward Jenner Leadership Future Learn edX MicroBachelors European Schoolnet Academy EUTEMPE Net Technical University of Varna Institut Pasteur FUN MOOC Miríadax CertJoin Open Universiteit Professional Program Open University Future Learn OpenHPI OpenSAP UNED Abierta UNINETTUNO OpenupEd Universite de Paris FUN MOOC University of Edinburgh edX MicroMasters University of Modena EduOpen University of Osnabrück iversity
  7. 7. Stage 2 - Analysis of practices against 6 parameters iii. Quality accreditation iv. Credit acquisition processes based on course duration, assessment forms and conditions ii. Credit frameworks i. Types of certification v. Data storage software(s) vi. Learning Management Systems used Certification types awarded to learners Credit transfer or accumulation framework adopted Number and type of quality accreditations acquired by each course or platform
  8. 8. 1. Certification methods in micro-learning programmes Standard-setting initiative 9 types of broader assorted certification categories Badge Certificate Confirmation of Participation Record of Achievement Supplement Diploma Award Honour Additional types Designation nuances expressed in each category Designations in the category Certificate: “Qualified certificate”, “Verified certificate”, “Course completion certificate” “MicroBachelors program certificate” “Digital course certificate” “Postgraduate certificate” “MicroMasters program certificate” Common Micro-credential Framework (CMF) Aim: To make micro-credentials stackable, standardised, and transferable across higher education systems at a European and global level.
  9. 9. 1. Certification methods Figure: Variation of certification types – 9 broadly defined categories of certifications issued within the 18 selected programmes.
  10. 10. 2. Credit transfer and accumulation Credit frameworks Discipline-specific credits CME, CPD Transferable, broadly defined credit systems ECTS, CFU, ECVET Credits transferred between partnering micro-credential programmes and higher education institutions edX MicroMaster & MicroBachelor credits Credits validated within the boundaries of local authority bodies and governing regions UK-US credits, Madrid, Castile and León Provisional broad categorisation of representative frameworks for awarding credits
  11. 11. 2. Credit transfer and accumulation Figure: Data representation of transferable and non- transferable credit types among the 18 selected case studies. CFU: Credito Formativo Universitario (Italian official university educational credits), CME: Continuing Medical Education, CPD: Continuing Professional Development, EC: N/A, ECVET: European credit system for vocational education and training, ECTS: European Credit Transfer System, IDEM: IDEntity Management per l'accesso federato (Italy), RIT: Rochester Institute of Technology, TESU: Thomas Edison State University.
  12. 12. adhere to one up to four distinct quality standards 13 out of 18 listed HEIs... 3. Quality Accreditation Quality standards for effective leverage of validity, trustworthiness and transparency of micro-credentials Sum of 27 distinct quality accreditations in total for all listed programmes, including among others: International standards the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Online Course Certification System (EOCCS) European standards the European Board for Accreditation in Medical Physics (EBAMP), the European Qualification Framework (EQF) National standards Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ)
  13. 13. 3. Quality Accreditation Figure: Number of quality standards obtained by each case study
  14. 14. Synthesis Extension of the study mapping more practices and implementing the methodology through pilot runs in real educational environments Future work Coordinated efforts for more transparency and compatibility between the various standards and methods Limitations (a. certification types, b. credit transfer or accumulation, and c. quality accreditation of learning programmes) Analysis of 3 parameters Wealth of practices in the field of micro-learning and micro-credentials
  15. 15. web2learn.eu info@web2learn_eua blockademic.iti.gr/en linkedin.com/in/blockademic-project twitter.com/AdemicBlock BEYOND DIPLOMAS: MAPPING NEW FORMS OF QUALIFICATION RECOGNITION AT EUROPEAN UNIVERSITIES View interactive data visualisations: public.tableau.com/BeyondDiplomas

Presentation by Mariana Ziku and Katerina Zourou at the ePIC conference 2021 ("Building a culture of recognition") https://epic.openrecognition.org/?lang=fr Acknowledgment: This research has been co‐financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (project code:T2EDK-04180).

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