Seeking examples of accreditation of non-formal learning in Europe

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!

About Gabi Witthaus

Open educator. Blogger at Art of E-learning. Learning design consultant at University of Birmingham. PhD student in HE Research, Evaluation and Enhancement, Lancaster University. Previously Research Associate at University of Leicester (Beyond Distance Research Alliance and Institute of Learning Innovation); Learning and Teaching Facilitator at Loughborough University; Distance Learning Manager at Bradford University School of Management. Qualifications: Masters in Training and Development (USQ, Australia); Masters in English Education (Wits University, South Africa), PGC in Mediation (Robert Gordon, Scotland), BA Hons in Applied Linguistics (Wits University, South Africa).
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4 Responses to Seeking examples of accreditation of non-formal learning in Europe

  1. Thank you juandon for reblogging this – I hope to hear more from you or your blog readers soon!


  2. Hi Gabi,
    we are organizing a webinar that will take place July 1st and that will revolve around the issues of MOOC acreditation and employability. This webinar is one of the events we are organizing within the context of a broader project that aims at helping build up web skills throughout Europe through the use of MOOCs.
    For the webinar we are putting together a great list of speakers that I think might able to provide some information about the practices now available to support or enable the accreditation of non-formal learning that you are looking for. We welcome you to join the webinar and to submit questions for our speakers in advance using the twitter hashtag #webmoocs.
    Here you can find more information about the webinar:
    And here about the project:


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