Seminar on RPL – Prague 2012

prague_3EURASHE organised a Seminar on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) titled ‘Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Flexible Ties within Higher Education‘ in Prague (Czech Republic) on 14 December 2012. It is organised by EURASHE, the European RPL Network (ERPLN), the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT) and the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE). Underneath are further information on:

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Following are EURASHE news items related to the event:

  • EURASHE Seminar on RPL – Report by Věra Šťastná published! 7/3/2013- EURASHE is pleased to present the Report of its Seminar on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Flexible Ties within Higher Education, held on 13-14 December 2012 in Prague (Czech Republic).... Read more
  • EURASHE Seminar on the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – 14 December, Prague – OUTCOMES soon PUBLISHED 31/10/2012- EURASHE is pleased to announce that its Seminar on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) was held on Friday 14 December 2012 in Prague (Czech Republic), with Welcome & opening words and reception on... Read more
  • Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 0 – Thursday 13 December 2012

    14.00 – ERPLN meeting

    17.00 – Break

    18.00 – Welcome Reception

    Jiří Nantl, First Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports (Czech Republic)

    Raul Ranne, Chair of the European RPL Network (Estonia)

    Michal Karpíšek, EURASHE Vice-President (Czech Republic)

     

    Day 1 – Friday 14 December 2012

    08.30 – Registration of participants

    09.00 – Welcome and Opening Session

    Jiří Nantl, First Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports (Czech Republic)

    Michal Karpíšek, EURASHE Vice-President (Czech Republic)

    09.30 – Plenary Session I: The Mindshift to make RPL a reality in particular drivers and motives of different stakeholders

    Overview of RPL’s Role and Position within the EHEA, Raul Ranne, chair of the European RPL Network (Estonia)

    10.00 – Panel Discussion and Plenary Discussion

    Miroslav Jašurek, ESU (Czech Republic), Frits Schormans, Noord Limburg Police (Netherlands), Michal Kadera, SKODA Auto (Czech Republic), Hans Daale, Leido, EURASHE (Netherlands), Facilitated by Tim Burton, QAA (United Kingdom)

    11.00 – Coffee break

    11.20 – Parallel Workshops I: RPL Institutional Experience

    Workshop 1: Irish Institutional presentation of RPL: Oran Doherty, Work Based Learning (WBL) and RPL Facilitator IT Letterkenny (Ireland), Comments by Frits Schormans, Noord Limburg Police (Netherlands) and Alice Gorissen-Pisters, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)

    Workshop 2: RPL in French Universities: Institutional Mindshifts: Stéphane Lauwick, Director Le Havre University Institute of Technology (IUT), ADIUT Member, EURASHE Board Member (France), Comments by Sylvie Bonichon, La Providence Institution (France) and Dorota Piotrowska, Lodz University of Technology (Poland)

    12.20 – Reports from the Workshops I

    12.30 – Lunch

    13.20 – Plenary Session II: How to embed RPL into the QA system and its effectiveness

    Key issues in RPL from the QA view, Patrick Leushuis, Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Netherlands)

    The relevance of UNESCO Guidelines on RVA of the Outcomes of Non-formal and Informal Learning to higher education, Jin Yang, UNESCO Institute for LLLL, Hamburg (Germany)

    14.20 – Coffee break

    14.40 – Parallel Workshops II: Quality Assurance and RPL

    Workshop 3: Kristien Carnel, Leuven University College KHLeuven (Belgium)

    Workshop 4: Quality Assurance and RPL: Developing a National HE Framework for Recognising Prior informal Learning in Scotland, Heather Gibson, QAA Scotland, Ruth Whittaker, Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)

    15.40 – Workshop II Findings and Plenary Discussion

    16.00 – Seminar Report and Conclusions

    Rapporteur: Věra Šťastná, Charles University, BFUG delegate (Czech Republic)

    16.30 – End of the Seminar

    18.30 – Optional social programme

    Brief (about 1hr) Boat tour through Prague’s City Centre with a guide and drinks (extra fee)

    Read the Programme hereDownload the Portfolio here.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Flexible Ties within Higher Education

    prague_3Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Higher Education has been one of the issues within the Bologna Process debates for the last years. The topic received full attention and support within the Ministers’ Communiqué “Making the Most of Our Potential: Consolidating the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)” in Bucharest (Romania) in April 2012. The theme of RPL is invevitably linked to qualifications, combination of knowledge, skilss and competences, lifelong learning. Due to societal and technological developments, both in private and public sectors, Higher Education systems will have to accommodate a growing proportion of adult learners, allow more flexibility in Higher Education provisions, in lifelong learning and in professional programmes.

    Therefore the development of modern tools of recognition of any prior knowledge, skills and competences and their mutual acceptance within the EHEA, learning about different approaches and bridging them may be of great importance for further compatibility and transparency of different national systems. An improvement of the RPL-procedures with the purpose to make them first of all payable, trustable and effective is key at this stage.

    The overarching thematic of the Seminar was “RPL: Flexible Ties within Higher Education”. This Seminar aimed at providing participants with an overview of general developments as regards RPL, with the opportunity to discuss the current challenges and to learn from the examples of best practices regarding RPL implementation at institutional level, through the 4 different workshops scheduled throughout the Seminar.

    Two major areas of discussions dealt with:

    • The Mindshift to make RPL a reality in particular drivers and motives of different stakeholders, and
    • How to embed RPL into the QA system, and its effectiveness

    Conclusions

    EURASHE is pleased to present the Report of the Seminar compiled by Věra Šťastná, General Rapporteur of the Seminar and Czech Republic Representative in the BFUG.

    It summarises the points of the discussions and debates, as well as provides the conclusions and recommendations of participants to make RPL a reality.

    Download the Report of the Seminar here.

    Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Raul Ranne- Raul Ranne is Chair of the European RPL Network and has been Coordinator of Recognition of Prior Learning for the Estonian Archimedes Foundation since 2008. Archimedes Foundation is a body... Read more
  • Jiří Nantl- Jiří Nantl is First Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic since 2012. Prior to this post he was responsible for Higher Education in the Ministry.... Read more
  • Jin Yang- Jin Yang is currently a senior programme specialist at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) in Hamburg, Germany. He carries out research on lifelong learning policies and strategies, facilitates... Read more
  • Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General of EURASHE- Michal Karpíšek is the Secretary-General of EURASHE, starting 1 June 2016. He has been Executive Officer of the Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) since 1994. He... Read more
  • Heather Gibson- Heather Gibson has a BSc (Honours) degree in Zoology and a research MSc (Parasitology) both from the University of Glasgow and acquired a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education... Read more
  • Oran Doherty- Oran Doherty is employed by the Irish Department of Education and Skills as the Regional Skills Manager for the North West of Ireland. This position involves supporting collaborations between industry... Read more
  • Stéphane Lauwick, President of EURASHE- Stéphane Lauwick joined the University of Le Havre (France) in 1993 as a professeur agrégé. After heading the Electrical Engineering Department of the University Institute of Technology (IUT) of that... Read more
  • Kristien Carnel- A Graduate of Pedagogical and Psychological Sciences at from University and University College Gent (Belgium) Kristien Carnel is specialised in the areas of reflective practice, assessment policy, and cooperation with... Read more
  • Miroslav Jašurek- Miroslav Jašurek is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Public and Social Policy of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. He received his Master’s degree in... Read more
  • Věra Šťastná- Věra Šťastná heads the analytical unit at the Rectorate of Charles University. She was the head of the Higher Education Development Unit at the Ministry of Education until 2006. She... Read more
  • Ruth Whittaker- Professor Ruth Whittaker is Head of the Centre of Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (GCU LEAD). Her role includes leading and supporting academic and professional development and enhanced approaches to... Read more
  • Anne Murphy- Anne Murphy has been involved in RPL policy and practice for over 20 years, contributing to a number of EU-funded research projects and nationally funded projects. She was first to... Read more
  • Hans Daale- Hans Daale is general manager of LEIDO, an independent network in the Netherlands, involved in lifelong learning. One of the most important tasks of LEIDO is to organise national and... Read more
  • Michal Kadera- Michal Kadera, External Affairs Director at SKODA AUTO, graduated at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen majoring in Law, studied Political Science and graduated at University of Passau, Germany,... Read more
  • Patrick Leushuis- Patrick Leushuis is Senior Policy Advisor Higher Education & Labour Market in the Department of Higher Education and Student Finance at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. He... Read more
  • Tim Burton- Tim Burton joined the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) as an Assistant Director in 2009, where he is part of the Standards, Quality and Enhancement (SQE) strand of... Read more
  • Frits Schormans- Frits Schormans began his career with general police work. General police work is a good basis for other more general police jobs in the future. The most important activities were... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:

    Organisers

  • Czech Association of Schools of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE)- Sdružení profesního terciárního vzdělávání (SSVS)   The Czech Association of Professional Higher Education (CASPHE) is an independent organisation of colleges and institutes of professional higher education in the Czech Republic.... Read more
  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE)- EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied sciences... Read more
  • European RPL Network (ERPLN)- The European RPL Network (ERPLN) is a network group of the Bologna Process. The purpose of the European RPL Network is to help promote and inform about practices and effective... Read more
  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT) (Czech Republic)- The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS, MŠMT in Czech) is responsible for public administration in education, for developing educational, youth and sport policies and international cooperation in these... Read more
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