2016 Validation and recognition of non-formal open learning EDLW 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 13:00-14:30 CET

Moderator: Sandra Kucina Softic, EDEN Vice-president

Recording of the discussion is available here

Format: Presentation and discussions

Introduction: What about the education and learning that take place outside the school system? Today there are numerous ways to learn and importance of non-formal and informal learning is increasing. We are talking about lifelong learning and opening up education but still are reluctant to recognize online open learning. One commonly-voiced perception is that online education is still a second-rate form of education for education providers and employers. The recognition of non-formal and informal learning outcomes is among priorities of European Commission as well.

This was incentive for development of the Erasmus+ project ReOPEN (Recognition of Valid and Open Learning) which is just starting under the lead of Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania and project partners. The ReOPEN project aims to create instruments to develop validated open online learning for recognition of prior and non-formal learning.

In webinar we will give an overview on JRC policy report on “Validation of Non-formal MOOC – based Learning” and show examples of successful application of open learning for continuous professional staff development and employing examples of digital badge approach. Also this will be a good chance to present the project ReOPEN and its aims and goals.


  • The OpenCred Report: exploring recognition of non-formal learning in MOOCs – Andreia Inamorato Dos Santos, JRC Seville, European Commission
  • “Designing open and non-formal curriculum for recognition. ReOPEN project approach” – Airina Volungevičienė,  Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
  • CARNet Moodle MOOC – a non-formal open learning opportunity for development of digital competences of Croatian teachers – Gordana Jugo, CARNet