Ferenc Tatrai, the senior advisor of the consortium member EDEN presented the OEPass project, pointing out its natural synergy with its “twin” project MicroHE.
As part of the OEPass project, the Learning Passport was also introduced.
He emphasized that the Learning Passport is ready to start the piloting phase- Everybody is welcome to experiment with the Learning Passport and determine its usefulness by filling in the form. The OEPass partnership also welcomes feedback on how well the Learning Passport facilitates the recognition and transferability of non-traditional learning experiences.
The OEPass project creates a standard format for describing open education and virtual mobility experiences in terms of ECTS which:
- Addresses common criticisms (lack of trust) of open education, in particular with respect to student assessment and identity;
- Is scalable to hundreds or thousands of students through automatic issuing and verification of certificates;
- Can capture a wide range of non-formal and formal open education experiences.
For more information on the OEPass project, please, visit its website.
The significant public results were listed as:
The project will
- Proposal of a concept of quality assurance whereby credentials would be assessed in terms of their transparency, portability, recognition by employers and academia, stackability and a number of other factors. It will also propose an initial quality-hierarchy for the most-common open education credentials currently being offered.
- Proposal of a standard format for describing open education and virtual mobility experiences in terms of ECTS called Learning Passport, capturing a wide range of non-formal and formal open education experiences. A first draft of the Learning Passport is available at https://oepass.eu/outputs/learningpassport/
– Elaboration of an outline an ontology for the recognition of open-learning, together with a meta-data standard and technology roadmap, which would allow for the automatic exchange of credit between European Higher Education Institutions
The audience got the link to create hands-on experience and feel the ease or potential difficulties in using the Learning Passport
Jochen Ehrenreich, the co-author of the presentation supported the discussion on the subject of micro-credentials.