Title Validation of self-aCquired learning and cREdits trAnsfer in web design and compuTEr animation
Project Number 2011-1-BG1-LEO05-05036
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The project "Validation of self-acquired learning and credits transfer in web design and computer animation" (CREATE) aims to propose methods and tools for validation of the results of informal learning in two creative professions - web design and computer animation. Moreover, it offers methodology for allocation of ECVET points to units of learning outcomes in order to ensure their recognition.
The project products (manual, toolkit, validation model and guidelines for allocation of ECVET points) can be useful for trainers, policy makers, instructional designers in VET and for managers of VET centers. The toolkit can also be used as a kind of a self-assessment tool for youth who have some knowledge, skills and competences in computer animation or web design and wish to check if they have to study more or not.
All project products are accessible for free online at www.create-validate.org. The toolkit and manual are available in English, Bulgarian and German.
Often people engaged in creative fields such as web design (WD) and computer animation (CA) have gained their knowledge, skills and competence through a kind of informal learning (IL). Gradually validation of IL has become a EU priority in the field of VET being “seen as a way of improving lifelong and life-wide learning”. Although addressed to a different extent in various EU countries, the issue of validation of IL is still insufficiently explored and undeveloped in Europe. In Bulgaria a system for validation of IL is still in the process of development, in Ireland there is some tradition in the field but not in creative professions, in Germany there are minor steps undertaken and some existing tools for validation of IL but these are rather insufficient. That's why the project proposes to develop a model for validation of IL that can be applied to WD and CA outcome-based modules. Since ECVET facilitates the development of flexible and individualized pathways and recognition of learning outcomes acquired through IL, project seeks to allocate ECVET points to the modules in WD&CA making their recognition possible in EU states.
Aims and objectives: to propose methods and tools for validating IL in WD and CA. As an integral part of the validation methods, ECVET points will be allocated to the modules in WD and CA to make the recognition of the learning outcomes of IL possible. Thus the project will use the WD qualification standard from the "Embedding Standards" project as a basis for the WD sample qualification and update it by assigning to it methods for the validation of IL. The project will develop a training toolkit with theory, interactive tools/games with procedures for validating the IL and credits transfer. The project will train VET practitioners how to implement the validation of IL.
Target group: trainers, policy makers, instructional designers in VET, managers of VET Centres.
Target sector: VET in ICT/Multimedia.
Potential users:youth (16-25) & youth with special needs (early school leavers (ESL), long-term unemployed) who acquired learning in WD and CA informally and wish to validate it.
Consortium comprises newly established and long-term partnerships. It engages partners of 3 European regions: Eastern Europe-Bulgaria, Central Europe-Germany, Northern Europe-Ireland. Partnership is of cross sectoral nature-state agency for VET (NAVET), an educational institution (DEKRA), curricula developer in ICT (FIT), developer of innovative training content (SCAS), centre for vocational guidance (NSICC).
Outcomes:IL assessment methods & outcome-based modules in WD and CA, model for validation of IL, toolkit for validation of IL, report on the allocation of ECVET points to the modules, manual for VET practitioners describing how the products can be used.
Impact: increased capacity of VET providers, recognition of IL of youth, IL validation model to be used by institutions, more opportunities for qualification of ESL.
Recognition, transparency, certification
transparency and certification
There are several products in the frame of CREATE project. All of them are available for free and fully accessible online at www.create-validate.org. The main products (toolkit and manual) are available in English, Bulgarian and German. The rest - in English and Bulgarian.
1. Self-acquired learning validation toolkit - comprises more than 20 online tools for validation of the results of informal learning in web design and computer animation. Combines different kinds of tools - e-games, interactive online tests and ePortfolio method.
2. Manual "Validation of self-acquired learning and creative professions possible" - information on validation of self-acquired learning, ECVET policy, cases and tools (guidelines for organizations and test-takers how to use the developed toolkit), glossary with terms.
3. Self-acquired learning validation model - describes existing methods for validation of informal learning and principles for selecting the most appropriate ones.
4. Guidelines for allocation of ECVET points to units of learning outcomes - step-by-step guidelines and examples on allocation of ECVET points.
5. Units of learning outcomes in web design and computer animation - developed on the basis of researched existing curricula and used only as a basis for assigning to them methods for validation of the results of informal learning.