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Inrichting van Validering in Internationale Stages
Date du début: 1 juin 2015, Date de fin: 31 mai 2017 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

The project’s objectives focus upon entering a new stage of implementing ECVET, simultaneously developing and testing a model for validation and recognition of learning in workplacements. This application builds upon previously consolidated projects for learner mobility , the implementation of ECVET as tested in the IMPAECT TOI project and the EAGLE DOI project in which Gilde Opleidingen participated or is currently paricipating. An analogous development in the project is setting up an infrastructure for staff mobility aiming at upgrading the level of professionalism in an institutional framework for a sustainable, structured, experience-driven approach to ECVET implementation with, in the process, identifying and creating the preconditions and quality assurance fundamental for peer learning and the transfer of practical experience, best practices and expertise. In preceding mobility and innovation projects Gilde has passed through a preparatory embedding process for the implementation of ECVET for learner mobility, which has resulted in an institutional policy for embedding ECVET in all educational sectors. Notably, being a partner organisation in IMPAECT, with its ambition of implementing ECVET at EQF levels 3-5 on agreed quality levels and making best use of ECVET’s technical principles and potential, has induced an essential developmental stage for ECVET-“proof” learner mobility at Gilde Opleidingen with a corresponding institutional quality assurance framework for mobility. The major outcomes of IMPAECT (acquisition, exploitation and sharing of expertise, peer learning effects and, essentially, a feasible and practicable approach for effective implementation) were presented as input and model to the educational sectors for field-testing and for challenging prevailing standards for learner mobility. On the basis of the institution’s embedded organisational model for internationalisation and the corresponding infrastructure for operationalisation the underlying approach and objectives of ECVET learner mobility also apply to this mobility project. Additionally, the interim outomes of the EAGLE DOI project that followed upon the IMPAECT ECVET pilot and which is now in its testing phase, are another rich source of input and expertise for this mobility project. The more so as the scope of EAGLE has been widened to the domains of potentially implementing EQF, ECVET and ECTS emphatically aiming at end-users in a close cooperation with actors/stakeholders from the working life, VET and Higher Education. This project with learner and staff mobility will particularly deal with assessment, validation and recognition of learning outcomes with direct links to infrastructural issues, procedures, formal matters like rules, regulations, examination boards and competent bodies, continuity, cost-effectiveness and quality assurance. Quality standards and assurance, fundamental for ECVET implementation and validation on, the right preconditions, and aspects like procedures, assessment methodology, usage of documentation, demonstration of Knowledge, Skills and Competences/the Learning Outcomes achieved and the demonstrable expertise or training of assessors will be screened, identified and monitored in current mobility and validation practices and compared to well-established or best practices. Subsequently, a fine-tuning process will be effected and required improvements will be made in order to arrive at a model for validation and recognition that is widely accepted. The initiated cooperation by all sectors of education as an integral constituent of the community of practice, and ECVET-oriented quality audits are to ensure an integrated, institutional framework or model for quality assurance , a continuous acquisition of expertise and building of an infrastructure for an institution-wide implementation of ECVET. Gilde’s International Platform is in charge of the operationalisation of learner mobility. Designated working groups for internationalisation, contact persons/counsellors and the sectoral offices for work placements and apprenticeships are entrusted with the actual preparation, guidance and support of the students and others involved. The host companies or institutions, most of which have been selected on the basis of mutual trust, past performance, their participation in the IMPAECT and/or EAGLE projects or good practice and expertise demonstrated in TOI or ECVET pilot projects, will be involved in developing the validation model by refining procedures, arrangements and quality measures with regard to assessment and validation. This project is also meant to be exemplary in the setting of the national ECVET Community of Practice and the Partnership for Lifelong Learning. Features and outcomes of this project can be transferred to the national implementation level, thus contributing to establishing standards and necessary conditions for ECVET implementation and validation and identifying areas for improvement



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