Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education | November/October 2020

Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education 

The discussions on innovative and flexible learning, its relevance and focus on students from various target groups have brought a growing attention to the instrument of Recognition of Prior Learning – hereafter RPL – as a means for enhancing the access to higher education, ensure the flexibility of its provision, and reflecting on the changing higher education landscape. Following the many challenges brought by the recent pandemic, RPL could also prove to be a crucial asset in ensuring a more inclusive access to further studies and promoting lifelong learning opportunities.

It is in this context that the project “Recognition of Prior Learning in practice (RPLip)”, coordinated by the Swedish Council for Higher Education together with governmental and institutional partners from Austria, Croatia, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden and EURASHE as a representative of professional higher education, aims to learn about the situation, challenges and good practices within RPL in higher education in several European countries and promote different ways of recognising competences for access to further studies and for credits.

EURASHE, together with the Swedish Council for Higher Education and its partners of the RPLip project, is organising the online event “Recognition of Prior Learning in higher education” in the months of October and November 2020, presenting the outcomes of the project and offering a platform to further develop the discussion around quality assured and consistent processes to recognise non-formal and informal learning throughout Europe. 

The online event will consist of two webinars:

  • “Why recognition and validation of prior informal and non-formal learning?” on Tuesday 13 October 2020, 14:30-16:00 CEST on Zoom
  • “How to validate and recognize prior informal and non-formal learning” on Thursday 5 November 2020, 14:30-16:00 CET on Zoom

Check out the agendas and register for the webinars down below.

Download the framework of the event here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second webinar “How to validate and recognize prior informal and non-formal learning” will take place on Thursday 5 November 2020, 14:30-16:00 CET and will provide hands-on strategies to go through the validation process at the institutional level, with concrete examples from higher education institutions.

Register here!

 

Thursday 5 November 2020 | 14:30-16:00 CET | Zoom

14:30-14:35

Welcome and summary of the first webinar

14:35-14:45

Presentation of the self-evaluation template

  • Anders Ahlstrand, Analyst, Swedish Council for Higher Education

14:45-15:25

 

How to validate? Best practices from the RPLip project’s partners

  • Susanna Boldrino, Head of Academic University Development, FH Campus Wien, Austria
  • Deirdre Goggin, Recognition of Prior Learning and Work Based Learning Company Advisor, Extended Campus CIT, Ireland

15:25-15:55

 

Panel discussion

  • Mislav Balković, Dean, Algebra University College, Croatia
  • Sylvie Bonichon, Associate Expert, EURASHE
  • Pernilla Hultberg, Education Officer, Gothenburg University, Sweden

The discussion will be moderated by Anders Ahlstrand, Swedish Council for Higher Education

15:55-16:00

Wrap-up of the event and invitation to the dissemination seminar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first webinar “Why recognition and validation of prior informal and non-formal learning?” will take place on Tuesday 13 October 2020, 14:30-16:00 CEST and will address the key principles of RPL, providing an overview of its formal aspects and looking at examples from two national contexts.

Register here!

 

Tuesday 13 October 2020 | 14:30-16:00 CEST | Zoom

14:30-14:40

Welcome and context setting

14:40-15:00

Why validation?

  • Formal aspects and key principles of RPL: Council recommendations and Cedefop guidelines, Anders Ahlstrand, Analyst, Swedish Council for Higher Education
  • Results of the RPLip project’s survey, Michal Karpíšek, Secretary General, EURASHE

15:00-15:20

Overview from the national contexts

  • Barbara Birke, Head of Department Analysis and Reports, AQ Austria
  • Đurđica Dragojević, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Science and Education, Croatia

15:20-15:55

 

Panel discussion

  • Arthur Mettinger, Vice-Rector Academic Affairs, FH Campus Wien, Austria
  • Carme Royo, Executive Director, eucen
  • Irene Sheridan, Head of Extended Campus CIT, Ireland
  • Una Strand Viðarsdóttir, Senior Adviser, Ministry for Education, Science and Culture, Iceland

The discussion will be moderated by Anders Ahlstrand, Swedish Council for Higher Education

15:55-16:00

Wrap-up and invitation to the next webinar