Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Detailed description of the project

PEOPLE IN WBL aims to improve the system of recognition of learning in WBL field through the reinforcement of cooperation between schools and host organizations involved in building together the processes of validation of LOs in WBL paths. Project partners have a consolidated experience in running WBL paths. However, they have a limited knowledge and skills in co-design and co-implement process of validation of LOs in WBL paths in line with the ECVET principles, which can guarantee an external recognition, outside the context in which learning process takes place.

European strategies underline the growing need to provide validation process of LOs in WBL, enhancing the cooperation between schools and hosting organizations also through the application of ECVET principles .

Partners carried out a preliminary internal survey in each country (school / host organization) where common problems emerged:

  • validation processes of competences in WBL contexts are not always built on LOs units,
  • limited sharing of LOs validation criteria,
  • validation process of learning in WBL contexts are often random and arbitrary (limited knowledge of the topic).

As consequence, the co-design process of LOs very often takes place only at the formal level through the stipulation of an agreement, but in fact it is designed only by the school and then it is delivered to the hosting organisation. The deeper involvement of the hosting organisation can be guaranteed by a better understanding of key concepts and the promotion of all tools: in this way the hosting organisation can fully perceive the benefits participate actively in the building the whole process from the beginning.

Main target group of the project is the staff of IVET providers (schools) and hosting organisations involved in designing, implementing and validating WBL  paths. Beneficiaries will be obviously also IVET students involved in WBL paths.

General objective of the project is to give a contribution in improving the learning recognition system in WBL contexts, through shared processes between school and. Hosting organisations. Starting point is the development of the professional skills of the staff involved. The objective will be pursued through the development of innovative solutions for building a shared model (school / hosting organisation) for the validation of LOs in WBL processes based on ECVET principles, which have the potential to enhance learning outcomes in terms of recognition and certification, obtained outside the formal environment.

Specific objectives are:

  • Co-built and co-tested model for validation of learning in WBL contexts based on LOs units.
  • Allocated the same value to the recognition of LOs in non formal learning, through the strengthening of trust and the construction of a common language.
  • Implemented strategies to integrate credit / school marks system with LOs units.

These objectives will be pursued through the implementation of an intellectual output containing

  • a model for the recognition of the acquired LOs in WBL paths in line with the principles of ECVET framework,
  • guidelines for the implementation of the model,
  • study / analysis of the benefits to obtain through the application of the model.

The model will be tested on pilot groups in each country and its effectiveness will be assessed. After making corrections, the official version along with the guidelines and the study / analysis of the benefits will be ready.The implementation of the IO will take place through a methodology based on some of the main pillars of ECVET system: LOs-based approach and use of the components of the transfer process in ECVET. The project will adopt a multi-methods approach that allows it to cope with the complex nature of project objectives, taking into account also the significant change management components.

The project will provide positive impacts on the staff of IVET providers and hosting organizations involved in WBL pathways, by increasing their skills on the validation process of LOs and on the use of ECVET tools to support the recognition and transferability of learning, also in terms of credits. As result, students will also improve the quality of their WBL paths. Project results will be disseminated following a well-scheduled plan aiming to reach the different types of targets groups through several actions and channels. This will contribute to reinforce the sustainability of the project, ensured not only by the the solutions developed, but also by the composition of the partnership.

What is ECVET?

The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training, often referred to as ECVET, is a technical framework for the transfer, recognition and (where appropriate) accumulation of individuals’ learning outcomes with a view to achieving a qualification. Guided by a European-level Recommendation, ECVET relies on the description of qualifications in units of learning outcomes, on transfer, recognition and accumulation processes and on a series of complementary documents such as a Memorandum of Understanding and Learning Agreement.

ECVET is intended to facilitate the recognition of learning outcomes in accordance with national legislation, in the framework of mobility, for the purpose of achieving a qualification.

ECVET aims to support the mobility of European citizens, facilitating lifelong learning – achieved in formal, non-formal and informal settings – and providing greater transparency in relation to individual learning experiences, making it more attractive to move between different countries and different learning environments.

At a systems level, ECVET aims towards greater compatibility between the different vocational education and training (VET) systems in place across Europe, and their qualifications.

From a geographical mobility perspective, ECVET aims at facilitating the validation, recognition and accumulation of knowledge and skills acquired during a stay in another country, with a view to ensuring that such achievements can contribute to the achievement of vocational qualifications.

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