I am currently working with colleagues at Leicester’s Institute of Learning Innovation on a small study, nicknamed OpenCred, which will feed into the EU-funded OpenEdu project. The focus is on identifying practices in European institutions of higher and vocational education that support or enable the accreditation of non-formal learning, for example self-study via OERs or active participation in MOOCs or other types of non-formal learning. The study will also try to ascertain whether any Europe-based professional bodies recognise such accreditation, to the extent that it exists. This is an exciting area of research for me, as it follows on from the TOUCANS project in 2012, in which I looked at the emerging collaboration between post-secondary institutions in the global OERu consortium, and investigated perceptions within UK-based institutions towards this approach to widening participation in higher education. The OpenCred study will be carried out between now and November 2014.
If anyone has any information about innovative accreditation practices for non-formal learning in any EU countries, please could you post a comment here or send us info/ links via twitter. (I’m @twitthaus and my colleagues on the project are Grainne Conole – @gconole, Bernard Nkuyubwatsi – @Nkbe1, and Mark Childs – @markchilds). Many thanks!