On-line seminar on 24 and 26 June

June 20, 2014 by Denes Zarka   Comments (0)



Dear Colleague,

I would like to invite you to be amongst the first to join an exciting new project, focusing on facilitating the recognition of open learning between Higher Education Institution. VM-Pass is testing tools and procedures that will allow for the award, recognition and portability of open learning credit in the most efficient means possible. As part of this test we are asking institutions like yours to join a living-lab, where members collaboratively comment on and experiment with the tools, so as to ensure maximal fitness for purpose before we launch VM-Pass as a viable service.

As a leader in the field of open education, your contribution towards this process would be invaluable. Should you be interested, we would be very keen to discuss your possible contributions, based upon your specific profile and availability. In the meantime, please find more information on the project and outcomes below, as well as from http://www.vmpass.eu.


Today's learners are increasingly taking advantage of more flexible and non-formal learning opportunities through a variety of Open Educational Practices (OEP). However, there is usually no formal link with the institution, and achievements may not be accepted elsewhere, restricting learner mobility. Furthermore, for many people formal higher education remains unaffordable and inaccessible.

The VM-Pass project's mission is to give non-formal learning achievements meaning within the formal education system. The project will enable recognition of OEP-based learning, and support virtual mobility by creating an innovative "learning passport" – a standard template where non-formal learning and assessment can be documented such that it may count as qualification for higher education. The innovative VM-Pass learning passport will open up learning for all, by offering learners easier access to formal higher education through recognition of all valid forms of learning. The passport will help learners control their learning pathways, with flexible and tailored learning.


I would like to invite you and your colleagues to one of our recruitment seminars, to take place

on-line on 24 and 26 June 2014 at http://seminars.eden-online.org/ to get to know the details.


  1. The seminar will start with a short introduction on the concept of "unbundled learning" and present some real cases of recognition of open learning. Subsequently, the Recognition Clearinghouse and the Learning Passport, a transparency and recognition tool for open educational resources, are introduced. The event will give participants the chance to clarify any questions they have as to conditions for joining the Living Lab that VM-Pass organise.
  2. The seminar serves as an opportunity for interested institutions to receive information on:

    • open learning recognition as a concept,
    • the Recognition Clearinghouse and the learning passport,
    • how to join the on-going VM-Pass living lab on open learning recognition, which is piloting the passport and an online clearing house.


By joining the living lab you will have the opportunity to participate to:

  • Work out the model, tools, services and systems of the recognition process
  • Run a Recognition Clearinghouse System
  • Validate the Clearinghouse System
  • Issue Learning Passports
  • Engage partners in quality dialog process