A Learning Dashboard to sustain recognition and validation of informal learning
Non-formal and informal learning that is a part and parcel of contemporary citizens still suffers from inadequate support in terms of recognition and validation. A partial solution to that issues have been to implement portfolio-based processes that could - potentially - save time and money providing quality evidence for both the learner and the institutions involved in the process.
The R&D project taken up by companies and universities from France, Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands aims at creating an seamless acccess to evidence and credentials as well as support reflection and recognition of learning.
The main purpose is to help learners recognize what they have learnt; to facilitate gathering evidence of their learning and to present these in ways that are meaningful to the employers and other audiences. The Dashboard is mainly targeted at the learners however other audiences, such as educational institution, employers and HR departments can also benefit from its use.
MyLK Dashboard will track and record online activities taken up by the user as learning episodes, facilitate recognition of skills and competences, suggest learning resources and help present them in a meaningful and coherent way.
The Dashboard will also provide support for validation of skills, competences and qualifications by creating a network of institutions able to validate learners’ achievements. The Dashboard will aggregate digital learning episodes from various services and tools, be it a MOOC assignment, blog entry or a video watched. It will also suggest related resources and qualifications as well as identify learning objectives associated with each episode. Learner will be able to create a meaningful and targeted resume based on the learning episodes, learning objectives and a set of qualifications required for a certain position.
Access to various Europe-wide validation procedures and institutions will be provided to support the process.
Would such a service be valuable? What learning episodes are relevant for the institutions and learners?