InnoVal – Assessment Methods for Validation is a project financed by Erasmus+ Programme that seeks to mainstream and encourage the use of innovative methods for validation of non-formal and informal learning (VNFIL) by validation practitioners (teachers/trainers/counsellors). It also seeks to encourage better recognition of learning outcomes in order to broaden access to lifelong learning and to empower the most disadvantaged groups (NEET’s, low-skilled adults, individuals with disabilities, refugees and migrants) by making them aware of their potential.
This project gives the partners involved (from France, Belgium, Portugal and Greece) the opportunity to map and share the practices that work best for non-traditional learners, especially those who have had an adverse experience with traditional assessment, and which are aligned with the expectations of the private sector.
One of the outputs of the InnoVal project is a Needs Analysis Report, developed in the beginning of the project.
There was also an online consultation addressed to validation practitioners and other stakeholders and aimed to identify the barriers and enablers in the use of alternative methods of evaluation, and at gathering the perspectives of the actors involved in the validation processes.
Based on desk research, the online consultation and collection of case studies, these are some of the needs reported:
• Learners need to familiarise with self-evaluation or evaluation practices with help from counsellors,
• Need to ensure assessment tools are valid and reliable,
• Need for information provided by the state and other relevant bodies about the value and importance of validating learning outcomes (NFIL),
• Need to avoid practices/methods that create anxiety,
• Need for assessors to be available to learners
• Need for an appropriate mix of standardised and “authentic assessments”,
• Need for effective training of assessors,
• Need to tackle technical barriers (e.g. cost of administering alternative approaches) and social barriers (e.g. lack of acceptance by employers).
The Training Programme aims to answer to all these needs by providing with theoretical and practical material. It is directly built on the above mentioned Intellectual Outputs and allows practitioners to better understand a range of innovative methods for validation of non-formal and informal learning, promoting its use in their daily practices.
Bellow, the presentation of the Training Programme’s contents.
Barriers and Enablers to the Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning