Work-based Learning news
The European Skills Passport, which helps people to assemble their skills and qualifications online, has now been launched by the European Commission.The Passport enables people to improve the presentation of their CVs by bringing together their educational and training certificates in one place, providing evidence for the qualifications and skills declared in the CV. It is available for free in 26 languages on the Europass portal where an on-line editor helps users to create their individual passports. By giving a clear and comprehensive picture of the skills and qualifications users refer to in their CVs, the European Skills Passport helps job-seekers to improve their chances on the labour market and employers to find qualified personnel. The European Skills Passport is one of thirteen actions launched under the Commission's Agenda for New Skills and Jobs, which aims to make Europe's labour markets work better. Find out more.
The UALL (Universities Association for Lifelong Learning) Work Based Learning Network is organising its annual conference in London on 11-12 April. The organisers describe this event as not being about separating out theory and practice but about blending it in pragmatic ways which has strong academic underpinning. The programme for the event is all about knowledge creation, agency and strategic imperatives and these themes addressed will be of interest to anyone involved in higher education work based learning; administrators, assessors, teachers and researchers. Find out more here.
Work-based learning specifically mentioned in EC Communication on the future of education and trainingSubmitted Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 17:54
The European Commission presented today a new strategy entitled "Rethinking Education". In her presentation of the strategy, Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth called on Member States to take immediate action to ensure that young people develop the skills and competences needed by the labour market and to achieve their targets for growth and jobs. One of the specific demands from the Commissioner was for investment to build world-class vocational education and training systems and increase levels of work-based learning. To ensure that education is more relevant to the needs of students and the labour market, assessment methods need to be adapted and modernised. The use of ICT and open educational resources (OER) should be scaled-up in all learning contexts. Read the full communication here.
ICERI2012 (5th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation) will be held in Madrid (Spain) on the 19th, 20th and 21st of November, 2012. It will include a session on the topic of Workplace Learning and Collaborative Learning organised by the WBLQUAL Project. This project funded under the LLP programme examines how Employers, Learners and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can benefit from working together to provide quality and affordable training to employees.WBLQUAL has a number of important outcomes planned for both employers and universities, these include information for employers as to how Work Based Learning can be used as an affordable tool for staff training. Read more on the WBLQUAL website.
This event takes place on 5-6 November and aims to explore what "virtualization" means for learning mobility projects and
pathways?The core objectives of this gathering are to imagine and describe what "virtualisation" could mean in the case of Apprentices' mobility, to make explicit the different possibilities of "virtualising" the mobility process and to reflect upon the possible benefits of virtualisation. Find out more.
As part of its strategy for creating jobs and growth, the European Commission has launched an initiative to boost the recognition of skills and competences gained outside school or university. The Commission's proposal aims to increase job opportunities in particular for the young unemployed and those with few formal qualifications such as older and low-skilled workers. It also seeks to increase access to higher education, especially among mature students. Through this recommendation, the Commission is urging Member States to establish national systems for the validation of non-formal and informal learning (see background for definitions) by 2015. This would allow citizens to obtain a full or partial qualification on the basis of skills and competences acquired outside formal education. Only Finland, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands currently have comprehensive systems in place for validation of non-formal and informal learning. You can read more here.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently launched its new Skills Strategy which is a global online project designed to foster a cross-government, peer-learning approach towards improving the development, supply and use of skills to promote economic growth and social inclusion. The Skills Strategy can be found here , along with policy recommendations for countries, companies and individuals to maximize the use of their skills and descriptions of current skills-related issues. The website also provides interactive data visualisations on how skills impact different countries, through country-specific indicators, comparisons and local case studies.
A one day conference on e-learning in the workplace will be held in Amman, Jordan on 6 November. The conference will feature presentations by organisations from Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East, describing workplace e‐learning solutions and strategies, discussions and demonstrations of different models and scenarios for e‐learning in the workplace and innovative solutions using social networking and mobile devices, such as iPads.More information available here.
This toolkit developed by the University of Westminster and made available through JISC aims to help users (institutions, faculties, schools, departments, and programme teams) to identify appropriate organisational and business approaches toward WBL, including how best to measure impact, costs and benefits. It also helps users understand how to enhance learning, teaching & assessment with WBL pedagogies and use of blended learning techniques and well as how to update organisational processes and systems e.g. QA-QE and support processes. Finally it explains how to provide a quality experience for staff and students e.g. through training and support services. You can also watch a short video introduction to the toolkit here.
The OpenScout portal, which provides a range of free services to anyone who wishes to learn or teach management topics using Open Educational Resources (OER) has been launched by EFMD. OpenScout has been designed to help students, teachers, business people and entrepreneurs learn, develop and discuss management topics and save time and money at the same time. There is a wealth of quality, free management learning information from renowned and trusted educational institutions available on OpenScout. More is being added daily by EFMD members. The portal will be officially launched with a series of four webinars taking place in May showing you how you can take full advantage of OER in Business and Management topics. Find out more from the OpenScout Portal.
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