Recognition of prior learning has been constant part of developments in EHEA for some time in forms of declarations, documents, developed tools and now, a Commission Recommendation. With each passing year we can see more emphasis being put on recognition and its potential uses, with different institutions encouraging European countries to tackle the issues relating to recognition. There are tools and guidelines, networks for sharing practices and forums for discussion, but we can see that the road leading to making RPL a reality is often a bumpy one. A lot of progress has beenmade across Europe, but still there is long way to go.
This presentation will focus on the overall developments in recognition of prior learning in the EU and how RPL can be made a reality. Through Bologna process to Recommendation on Validation, European Guidelines and the European inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning we can see the key questions being brought forward – what are the factors of success and major barriers to RPL? How can we foster the former and overcome the latter? Those are the questions we need answered if we are to proceed in developing our RPL systems and this presentation will try to give small insight into the on-going discussion.
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