Title Validation and recognition of Non formal and Informal Learning in the Education System
Project Number 2011-1-IT1-LEO05-01879
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Informedu: Validation and recognition of Non formal and Informal Learning in the Education System
The design of the project Informedu was formulated based on the observation that the Italian school system as a whole reflects a low rate of adult participation in formal education.
The evaluation and recognition of non-formal and informal learning achievements could improve adults professionalism as well as their re-entry into the educational system, also through a customization and a reduction of the length of education courses. The Italian VET System does not yet have an institutionalized system for validation of informal and non-formal learning, aimed at facilitating re-entry into the educational system. Based on experience matured at both European and National levels in theme of recognition of non-formal and informal learning, the project intends to develop a procedure for the recognition and evaluation of learning achievements in non formal and informal contexts, aimed at improving re-entry conditions in the Education System. The phase of recognition and validation of units of learning outcomes, is focalized on the tourism sector because of the increasing number of individuals working in the tourism sector in the project partner countries. In this way the conditions are developed for the gradual application of the ECVET system regarding the recognition of the results of learning achieved in informal and non formal contexts.
The general objective of the Project was “to support the improvement of quality and innovation in systems of education and professional training, institutions and practice” starting from European and National experiences (Guidebook -Methodological practical Recommendations For Validation Of Non formal And Informal Learning ); the proposed initiative dealt with the recognition of non formal and informal learning in the Education System. The Project objective corresponded to the Leonardo Program objective of “improving the transparency and the recognition of the qualifications and competencies, including those acquired by means of non formal and informal learning”. It was attainable given that the Project, through its adaptation of the Guidebook contents 'Methodological practical Recommendations For Validation Of Non formal And Informal Learning', product of the Leonardo project, 'Innovative Tools and Procedures For Non-Formal And Informal Learning Validation', and their integration in the local Italian context, has led to the construction of a procedure for the recognition of Learning Units, ultimately referencing them according to the System of Nomenclature of the Professional Units and the Map of the Professional Economic Areas, as well. The project Inform.edu has been implemented by a Consortium composed of National and European partners, which included representatives from VET Systems, volunteer organizations, Chambers of Commerce and Public authorities with political responsibility in the theme of Instruction and training. These Institutions offered a vast amount of direct experience in theme of validation of non-formal and informal learning and their presence guarantees the necessary conditions to experiment, apply and promote the ECVET system.
The Project product was the development of operative and methodological indications, systematized in a procedure for the individuation, the recognition and the validation of informal and non formal learning for the purpose of re-entry into the Education System.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Other Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
The project had tangible and well-defined results including:
- website www.informedu.it – AREA RISERVATA www.informedumembers.it
- Commitments for a common strategy
- Translation into Italian of the guidebook " Methodological practical recommendations for validation of non- formal and informal learning" product of the project "Innovative tools and procedures for Non -formal and informal learning validation"
- The 1° MONITORING report
- Draft guidelines " Guidelines for the recognition and validation of informal and non-formal system of education "
- The 2° MONITORING report
- The dossier of validation
- Draft del Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
- Final version of the guidelines " Guidelines for the recognition and validation of informal and non-formal "
- Final version of the Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU)
- Final report of the external monitoring
- Platform online "E- PORTFOLIO INFORM.EDU "
- Scientific article on the methodology for the recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning