EC-VPL Projects

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Project Abbreviation

PROVE

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Start

2019

End

2022

Program

ERASMUS+

Project Excerpt

PROVE contributes to the development of professional competences of VPL staff by:
a) defining competence standards,
b) developing an online self-evaluation tool for the defined competences
c) developing, compiling and testing learning resources (in short “Learning toolkit”)

Coordinating organisation

Volkshochschulverband Baden-Württemberg e.V.

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The project “Professionalization of validation experts (PROVE)” contributes to the development of professional competences of staff involved in the Validation of Prior Learning (VPL). A Cedefop study shows that the approach to professionalisation of staff in validation differs in European countries and that many of these countries have no or limited provisions in place so far. In addition, there exist no European standards of competences for practitioners (guides, trainers, assessors, managers) working in validation. “Trust in validation largely depends on the work carried out by ‘front-line’ practitioners and professionals directly involved with validation candidates” (CEDEFOP 2015). In order to maintain quality and trust in validation an overview of skills and requirements for people working in validation needs to be established. PROVE addresses a recommendation of the Council of EU for further development of professional competences of staff involved in the validation process.
This main objective of PROVE will be achieved by
a) defining competence standards,
b) developing an online self-evaluation tool for the defined competences
c) developing, compiling and testing learning resources (in short “Learning toolkit”) for the professional development of validation practitioners in Europe.
By this means, validation experts will get access to high-quality learning and teaching materials for their professionalization that can be used without legal copyright issues as so-called open educational resources (OER).
In PROVE nine partners from Germany, Austria, Greece, The Netherlands, Portugal and France are working together. They represent a broad spectrum of validation providers, promoters of VPL and research institutes focusing on VPL, professionalization and competence development.
Two Intellectual Outputs will be developed:
- A Competence Model and digital self-evaluation tool for validation professionals, offering them orientation about important competences for their validation practice as well as competences that possibly should be further developed.
- a Learning Tool Kit for the further development and professionalization of practitioners in validation. The Toolkit offers them a variety of learning resources in order to do so. As qualified personnel they will be able to strengthen quality in their institutions and become “innovators” on their jobs.
PROVE is designed along with a long-term sustainability strategy. With its experience and geographic distribution, the partners are well determined to bring a strong and sustainable impact with the project’s activities and results.

PARTNERS:
- Eberhard Karls Universität (EKUT), Tübingen, DE
- Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (DIE), Bonn, DE
- Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, GR
- Foundation European Centre Valuation Prior Learning (EC-VPL), Houten, NL
- ErikKaemingk, NL
- Citeforma, Lisbon, PT
- IRIV Conseil, Paris, FR
- Verband Österreichischer Volkshochschulen, Wien, AT
- Österreichisches Institut fur Berufsbildingsforschung (oeibf), Wien, AT

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