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European Distance Learning Week: "Designing open and non-formal curriculum for recognition. ReOPEN project approach”


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Presentation by Airina Volungevičienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania for the European Distance Learning Week's fourth day webinar on "Validation and recognition of non-formal open learning" - 10 November 2016
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European Distance Learning Week: "Designing open and non-formal curriculum for recognition. ReOPEN project approach”

  1. 1. Designing open and non-formal curriculum for recognition. ReOPEN project approach Airina Volungevičienė, Vytautas Magnus University
  2. 2. Priorities addressed • Open and innovative education, training and youth work, embedded in the digital era • Transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications to facilitate learning, employability and labour mobility • Access to training and qualifications for all through C-VET
  3. 3. Opening Up. Challenges for organizations • organizational change • curriculum opening up through: – Open Educational Resources – Massive open online courses – open collaboration and communication among teachers and learners – opening and creating innovative education services for diverse learning groups – recognition and validation of non-formal open learning
  4. 4. Consortium 1. Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas 2. ONECO 3. ESCP Europe Wirtschafthochschule 4. Q21 - Agentur für Qualifizierungs und Transfermanagement GmbH 5. SRCE - Sveuciliste u Zagrebu Sveucilisni Racunski Centar 6. EDEN - European Distance and e-Learning Network
  5. 5. Project scope • Addressing objectives of "Opening Up“ • Implementing recommendations of EC JRC research study on “Validation of Non-formal MOOC – based Learning” (2016) by – establishing validated open learning practices – offering learner credentials for online and open learning (OOL) curriculum: • verification of learner identity • setting learning agreement and other instruments – establishing digital badges for recognition of learning achievements – establishing collaboration with institutions to provide transparent information on potential recognition of OOL – providing T&T with the tools for OOL development and recognition
  6. 6. Project targets • The project targets at collaboration of C-VET, lifelong learning, higher education (HE) institutions and companies trough international, inter-sectorial collaboration to enhance access to OOL and qualifications for all through C-VET • Teachers and trainers (T&T) at C-VET, lifelong learning, adult learning, HE and companies are the key target group of the project
  7. 7. Aim and objectives ReOPEN project aims to create instruments to develop validated OOL for recognition of prior and non-formal learning. The aim will be reached through the following objectives: 1. To design a platform for non-formal open learning curriculum (e.g. MOOC) development with learning validation and recognition instruments in place: a) learner credentials b) digital badges c) learning path recognition and assessment tools
  8. 8. Aim and objectives 2. To train T&T at C-VET organizations, companies, HE institutions and adult learning organizations to: a) design validated non-formal open learning curriculum (e.g. MOOC or other) b) apply of digital badges as a new form of digital credentialisation and tracking one’s learning path in non-formal open learning c) recognize non-formal open learning results in formal curricular
  9. 9. Aim and objectives 3. To exploit the new platform and to design non-formal open learning courses for continuous professional staff developing (CPD) applying learning recognition instruments for validated non-formal open learning 4. To establish partnership for future collaboration for non-formal open learning recognition (reviewing curriculum in partner institutions and preparing information on potential recognition of open learning)
  10. 10. Questions pending and issues raised • Recognition of learning results vs recognition of learning process • Validation of learning results vs validated learning environment • Recognition of open learning and non-formal learning in formal learning • Multilateral agreement – among education providers and companies – on recognition of learning • Verification of learners in open learning environments vs verification of learners in “traditional” virtual and online learning environments
  11. 11. Questions pending and issues raised • Is it really the learning outcome that we recognise? • How can we measure recognition of achievement? • Does verification of learner solve the issue of assessment? What do we assess? We look forward to the development of the discussion at ReOPEN Facebook website