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VIA University College
Campus Aarhus C
Ceresbyen 24
DK-8000 Aarhus C

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Validation is increasingly recognised as the key component for the individual´s possibility to manage shifts in modern life in terms of lifelong learning and career.  To make VPL a core element in life and career self-management, the individual needs information, guidance and counselling, emphasising both learning and work perspectives in order to secure longer term relevance and value for the individual. The mission of The 2nd VPL Biennale is to share information, knowledge, ideas and visions on the practice of VPL: the user at the centre.  The user should be understood as the learner, the worker, the unemployed, the volunteer and the employer (the practice of VPL focusing on protagonists/users (learner, worker, unemployed, volunteer) and key stakeholders (employers, educational institutions, trade unions, authorities).

To fulfil the vision, the main questions to be answered by researchers, practitioners, policy makers and stakeholders involved in this Biennale will be:

  • How to move from fragmentation to integration in VPL arrangements?
  • How to support and serve the user in the VPL processes (identification, documentation, assessment and certification)?
  • How to understand the usefulness of validation seen from the user’s perspective?
  • How to understand the biography and career development from the individual perspective?
  • Which are the professional roles to be filled-in?

The key question through all activities: How to improve VPL practice with the individual use at the centre?

The VPL Biennale is organised with keynotes representing policy, practice and research. Two rounds of parallel sessions including introduction, paper presentations and discussions. Plenary discussions and conclusions.
The organisation committee invites to take part by writing papers and make presentations in the thematic sessions. You find more information about this at the VPL Biennale web site. The sessions will be moderated by an expert in validation.

The description of the sessions is still preliminary. We invite you to take part and describe your thoughts and contribution as presenter of written papers to fulfil the program in the sessions.

Contribute to the VPL Biennale

 
 
Tuesday 25 april 2017 (18.30 – 20.30)
Address: Rådhuset, Rådhuspladsen 2, 8000 Aarhus C
18.30 - 18.45
Introduction
Antra Carlsen, NVL; Madhu Singh, Unesco; Ruud Duvekot, EC-VPL and Kirsten Aagaard, NVR, VIA University CollegeIntroduction by the steering group of the VPL Biennale

Antra Carlsen, NVL; Madhu Singh, Unesco; Ruud Duvekot, EC-VPL and Kirsten Aagaard, NVR, VIA University College
Address: Rådhuset, Rådhuspladsen 2, 8000 Aarhus C

18.45 - 19.00
Welcome
Jacob BundsgaardOpening of the VPL Biennale

Jacob Bundsgaard
Mayor of Aarhus

19.00 -
Music
Music : "Voulez Vous Danser"Buffet (diner) with music

Music : "Voulez Vous Danser"
Rasmus August Tobiesen and Claude Chichon

Wednesday 26 april 2017
Address: VIA University College, Campus Aarhus C , Ceresbyen 24 , DK-8000 Aarhus C
8.30 - 9.00
Registration
Registration

Address: VIA University College, Campus Aarhus C , Ceresbyen 24 , DK-8000 Aarhus C

9.15 - 9.25
Welcome
9.25 - 9.40
Welcome
9.40 - 10.00
Keynote
Madhu SinghGlobal perspectives in lifelong learning: Positioning of the Individual in the Recognition, Validation and Accreditation debate

Madhu Singh
Senior Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)

11.00 - 11.45
Keynote
11.45 - 12.10
Keynote
Ruud  Duvekot, EC- VPL and  Kirsten Aagaard, NVR, VIA University CollegeThe history behind the VPL Biennale

Ruud Duvekot, EC- VPL and Kirsten Aagaard, NVR, VIA University College
Initiators of the VPL Biennale

12.10 - 13.15
Lunch
13.15 - 15.30
Parallel sessions
How to improve VPL practice with the individual at the centre?

First day parallel sessions focusing on key themes at a ‘principle level’ for development of VPL practices with the user at the centre.

The key question in all sessions: How to improve VPL practice with the individual at the centre?

The sessions include presentations and cases and aim at clarifying research, analysis and practices on the themes of the Biennale by outlining possibilities and challenges to strengthen the impact of validation for the users.

The conclusions from the sessions will be presented and discussed in the plenary in the afternoon.

Moderators: Members of the Nordic network for validation and other validation experts.

Session A 1: VPL in working life
Moderator: Ernesto Villalba | Rapporteur: Pär Sellberg
When workplace is a key learning arena, the questions are: How validation can strengthen the individual’s opportunity on the labour market?
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Session A 1: Assessing competences in enterprises. Main findings from Cedefop studies of Validation of non-formal and informal learning in European enterprises
Ernesto VillalbaErnesto Villalba
When workplace is a key learning arena, the questions are: How validation can strengthen the individual’s opportunity on the labour market? How can added value be created for implementing VPL in working life recognised by employers and employees and other stakeholders? Assessing competences in enterpises . Main findings from Cedefop studies of Validation Of non-formal and informal learning in Eropean enterprises.
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Session A 1: Competence Translation: Mobility Made Easier
Kurt Harald AaseKurt Harald Aase Partner, Realkompetanse AS
To document and verify skills gained through work experience in a particular industry or sector, may help mobility across industries.
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Session A 1: A methodology for validation of in-company learning
Tormod SkjerveTormod Skjerve Senior policy advisor
Presentation of a national project making learning outcomes a bridge within the worklife and to the formal education and training system.
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Session A 1: Standards for Trades validation of professional skills
Pär SellbergPär Sellberg Validation Coordinator, Department of Education, the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education
Pär Sellberg has been working at the Agency since 2009. Previously he worked for different Craft Associations with educational matters, trades models for validation and journeyman and master certification. Pär has been coordinating the assignment to develop standards for Trades validation of professional skills.
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Session A 2: Guidance in VPL
Moderator: Gigja Gudmundsdottir | Rapporteur: Fjola M Larusdottir
How can a common ground for developing guidance in validation improve the quality of guidance in validation and the recognition of validation?
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Session A 2: Guidance in VPL
Fjóla María Lárusdóttir & Arnheiður Gígja GuðmundsdóttirFjóla María Lárusdóttir & Arnheiður Gígja Guðmundsdóttir Specialist and a project manager at the Education and Training Service Centre in Iceland
How can a common ground for developing guidance in validation improve the quality of guidance in validation and the recognition of validation? A Nordic working group will present results, challenges
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Session A 2: Competence Cards: 7 languages and an image bridge the gap between guidance systems for VPL
Dr. Martin NoackDr. Martin Noack Senior Expert
In Germany's fragmented guidance system the Competence Cards (http://alturl.com/ec3dn) open the path to a learner's successful VPL journey from migration counseling to employment services and beyond.
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Session A 2: Transnational Peer Review for quality assurance in Validation of NonFormal and Informal Learning
Erik KaemingkErik Kaemingk director
Peer Review is a promising instrument for quality assurance and development. It is cost-effective and it fosters networking between providers of validation of non-formal and informal learning.
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Session A 3: VPL and personalised learning
Moderator: Ruud Duvekot | Rapporteur: Ruud Duvekot
What does it take to link VPL effectively to personalised learning?
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Session A 3: What does it take to link VPL effectively to personalised learning?
Dr. Jim Rickabaugh, USA and Dr. Ruud Duvekot, EC-VPL, the NetherlandsDr. Jim Rickabaugh, USA and Dr. Ruud Duvekot, EC-VPL, the Netherlands
Dr. Jim Rickabaugh (USA) and dr. Ruud Duvekot (NL) will take you on a grand tour in the world of linking the concepts of validation of prior learning (VPL) and personalised learning.
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Session A 4: Quality in VPL
Moderator: Ulla Nistrup | Rapporteur: Kirsten Aagaard
How to establish a shared understanding of quality. How can validation arrangements be linked to quality assurance?
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Session A 4: A dynamic model for quality in Validation of non-formal and informal learning
Kirsten Aagaard, Per Andersson, Timo Halttunen, Ulla NistrupKirsten Aagaard, Per Andersson, Timo Halttunen, Ulla Nistrup
The model is a dynamic an operational model which can be used by practitioners in their own practice. It means in different institutional and sectorial contexts which differ from country to country.
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Session A 4: The Toolkit for quality
Carmo GomesCarmo Gomes Vocational Education and Training Specialist Operations Department
Presentation of the Qualifications Platform, an online, worldwide community for people working on qualifications managed by the European Training Foundation
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Session A 4: The Concept of Competence and the Challenge of Competence Assessment
Henning Salling OlesenHenning Salling Olesen Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark
This session will explore developing a language that can grasp the re-configuration of life experience and learning that is involved in competence development.
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Session A 4: Validation and the Value of Competences - Roadmap 2018
Anni KarttunenAnni Karttunen Programme Manager, adult education
Roadmap 2018 can be used as a checklist on the status of development in
individual countries, but it can be applied as a benchmark between countries and
their various systems for validation.
Read more...
Session A 5: NQF, national qualification frameworks and VPL
Moderator: Hanne Christensen | Rapporteur: Åge Hanssen

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Session A 5: NQF, national qualification frameworks and VPL
Anna KahlsonAnna Kahlson Handläggare, Enhet Utbildningsfrågor Myndigheten för yrkeshögskolan
Two parallell systems that, like parallel lines, never meet? Or rather two sides of the same coin, aimed at making all learning visible and giving it value?
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Session A 5: Exploratory Analysis for a National Qualifications Framework proposal in Venezuela
Francklin Rivas EcheverriaFrancklin Rivas Echeverria Professor, Researcher and Intelligent Systems Laboratory Director at Universidad de Los Andes in Merida Venezuela
This work presents the exploratory analysis for the construction of a proposal for a National Qualification Framework in Venezuela
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15.30 - 17
Reflection
19.00 - 22.00
Dinner
VIA University College Campus, Aarhus C Ceresbyen 24 DK-8000 Aarhus CBiennale Dinner

VIA University College Campus, Aarhus C Ceresbyen 24 DK-8000 Aarhus C

Thursday 27 april 2017
Address: VIA University College, Campus Aarhus C , Ceresbyen 24 , DK-8000 Aarhus C
9.10 - 9.40
Keynote
Heidi BoltonLifelong learning at the centre: the national Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) system in South Africa

Heidi Bolton
Research Director at the South African Qualifications Authority – ‘SAQA’

9.40 - 10.10
Keynote
Per AnderssonValidation as learning process

Per Andersson
Professor of Education, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning (IBL) / Division of Education and Adult Learning (PVL), Linköping University, Sweeden

10.10 - 10.30
Keynote
The Nordic EPALE team represented by Anni Karttunen Programme Manager, Adult EducationPresentation of the EPALE platform

The Nordic EPALE team represented by Anni Karttunen Programme Manager, Adult Education

10.30 - 12.30
Parallel sessions
Second day parallel sessions focusing on VPL in practice

Second day parallel sessions focusing on VPL in practice:

  • Education sectors
  • Structural dimensions
  • Target groups
  • Other subjects

The key question still:  How to improve VPL practice with the individual at the centre?  The sessions include presentations and cases and aims to clarify possibilities and challenges to strengthen the users outcomes of validation.

The conclusions from the sessions will be presented and discussed in plenary.

Moderators: Members of the Nordic network for validation and other validation experts

Session B 1: VPL in VET, Vocational Education and Training
Moderator: John Dalsgaard | Rapporteur: Hanne Christensen
In general, there is a strong focus on the benefits of VPL in VET.
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Session B 1: The role of Spanish VET centers and the validation of competences as open educational resources
Luis CarroLuis Carro Director of Observal (Spain), University of Valladolid
The Council of the European Union, on its motion for 2018, reported on its council recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning, that national entities must
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Session B 1: Preliminary experience with VPL in vocational education for adults in Denmark (EUV)
Michael Andersen &  Mille LassenMichael Andersen & Mille Lassen Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA)
The Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) is following the new vocational education for adults (EUV) with special regards to recognition of prior learning. On the basis of quantitative data and case study
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Session B 1: Validation of prior learning in Vocational teacher education, Bachelor degree - Why and how
Grete HaalandGrete Haaland Professor in vocational pedagogy/didactics at Oslo and Akershus University College,
There have been great resistance in university colleges in Norway concerning validation of prior learning. For students in vocational teacher education in Norway, this resistance is a great challenge.
Read more...
Session B 1: Multilingual digital tests for professional competences - An important building block for VPL in VET
Dr. Martin NoackDr. Martin Noack Senior Expert
Bertelsmann Stiftung together with German PES is developing tests for professional competences in 30 professions for 200.000 candidates p.a. (roll-out starting in 2017). A report on work in progress.
Read more...
Session B 2: VPL in HE, Higher Education
Moderator: Anne Lund | Rapporteur: Camilla Alfsen
In general, there is a strong focus on the benefit of VPL in HE but still development is needed.
Read more...
Session B 2: How to improve the outcome of benefits for the individual by focusing on effectiveness of the VPL procedures?
Timo HalttunenTimo Halttunen Head of Unit at the Areal Research and Development, University of Turku, Finland
The presentation focuses on how good VPL practices support the coherent process for the user, what works and why?
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Session B 2: CLOCK: TIME FOR A CHANGE IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION LANDSCAPE
Dr. Denise Stanley-ChardDr. Denise Stanley-Chard CEO TULIP PEER2PEER LEARNING lTD: CLOCK PROGRAMME
CLOCK-Collective Learning Open Curriculum Kit-is a CPD toolkit to validate & certificate Peer2Peer Learning of higher level skills anywhere!
Read more...
Session B 2: Recognition of Prior Learning in Health Educations
Jeanette LindholmJeanette Lindholm Ph.d.-student

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Session B 2: RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) FROM STUDENT’S SUBJECTIVE PERSPECTIVES
Jeanette B. LethJeanette B. Leth Ph.d. student
The aim of this paper is to contribute to an understanding of the experiences of recognition of prior learning as seen from students’ subjective perspectives in Denmark. It is based on my current PhD
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Session B 2: From autodidact to hold a BA degree by VPL
Anne LundAnne Lund a brief presentation
Translation of work experience into a diploma in public administration
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Session B 3: VPL in adult education and third sector
Moderator: Gina Ebner | Rapporteur: Gøran Hellman

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Under agreement: A presentation of the AVA project and principels for validation in non-formal education
Gina EbnerGina Ebner General of EAEA (European Association for the Education of Adults)

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Session B 3: How to improve the outcome of benefits for the individual by focusing on effectiveness of the VPL procedures?
Bodil Lomholt HustedBodil Lomholt Husted Associate Professor, National Knowledge Centre for Validation of Prior Learning, VIA University College, Denmark
How to deal with a causality of effectiveness of VPL procedures & resources and benefits for the individual when focusing on the broad and much differentiated group of disadvantaged people?
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Session B 3: The Competence game
Stine Hohwü-Christensen, Development Officer, Danish Adult Education Association, DAEA and Randi Jensen, Head of Secretary, Association of Day High Schools in DenmarkStine Hohwü-Christensen, Development Officer, Danish Adult Education Association, DAEA and Randi Jensen, Head of Secretary, Association of Day High Schools in Denmark
The Competence Game and cards is an attractive tool to support articulation of and reflection over the concept and the value of key competences.
Read more...
Session B 4: Organization of VPL at national, regional and local levels
Moderator: Madhu Singh | Rapporteur: Svante Sandell

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Session B 4: Making VPL the core mechanism of a quality lifelong learning system
Madhu Singh, PhDMadhu Singh, PhD Senior Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)
The presentation aims to discuss and debate the organization of VPL at national, regional and local levels in relation to the creation of a lifelong learning system of quality.
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Session B 4: Building a RPL practitioner network – reflections and considerations from the Irish perspective
Ms Deirdre Goggin & Ms Josephine FinnMs Deirdre Goggin & Ms Josephine Finn RPL/ WBL Development Officer & Lecturer Adult and Community Education
This session discusses some of the key reflections from building a RPL practitioner network in Ireland with a top down and bottom up approach for all practitioners across all sectors.
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Session B 4: Integrating non-formal and informal learning in the educational model of UNAH
Prof.Dr. Céleo Emilio AriasProf.Dr. Céleo Emilio Arias Profesor and Coordinator of studies, programm and project in Academic Vice rectory of UNAH
Honduran higher education has had traditionalist educational models, that have been accumulating and intensifying exclusion and inequalities
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Session B 4: The competencies certification system of the Italian Regions:
Roberto TrainitoRoberto Trainito
Technical translation of the Italian Interministerial Decree of June 30th 2015: definition of the operational framework for national recognition of regional qualifications and respective competencies
Read more...
Session B 5: VPL and target groups
Moderator: Kirsten Aagaard | Rapporteur: Astri Pestalozzi
Validation for integration and career development for refugees, immigrants and volunteers
Read more...
Session B 5: Faster integration of refugees into working life
Gina LundGina Lund General director, Skills Norway
How self-registration for mapping competences, career guidance and validation can contribute to faster integration.
Read more...
Session B 5: Fast Track to job opportunities for refugees
Mette FengerMette Fenger The Danish Refugee Council
The primary purpose of "Talent Management" is to increase the supply of labor to the Danish workforce, through the ability to mobilize and utilize the skills of refugees in Denmark.
Read more...
Session B 5: Validation of volunteer experiences
Guus BremerGuus Bremer trainer, coach, board member Edos Foundation
Sharing the outcomes of our European projects on recognition and validation of volunteer experiences.
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Session B 5: The LEVER project: A practical approach to validating transversal competences within the voluntary sector
Yazid Isli & Silvia HaenenYazid Isli & Silvia Haenen Education and training consultant -Partner at Hominem Challenge & , trainer, tutor and coordinator of EU project LEVER at LAVOPS, volunteer support centre of province Sondrio (Italy)

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Session B 6: Validation and new technologies
Moderator: Johanni Larjanko | Rapporteur: Haukur Hardarson
The use of new technologies for validation of non-formal and informal learning. This includes discussions about on-line badges, e-portfolios and other ICT issues.
Read more...
Session B 6: VPL and digital communities of practice
The Nordic epale teamThe Nordic epale team
VPL and digital communities of practice – possibilities of EPALE in VPL cooperation
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Session B 6: Open badges opens doors
Johanni LarjankoJohanni Larjanko Coordinator
Within only a few years Open Badges has established itself as a viable, flexible, open and useful system for validating skills and competencies within a wide range of learning arenas.
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Session B 6: My Compettencefolder as a national tool for documentation of competences in Denmark
Felicia Ross Knudsen & Tine Mette KronborgFelicia Ross Knudsen & Tine Mette Kronborg The Danish National Agency for It and Learning

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12.30 - 13.45
Lunch
13.45 - 14.50
Conclusions
14.50 - 15.25
VPL Prize 2017
15.25 - 15.45
Closing
Antra CarlsenGeneral conclusions

Antra Carlsen
NVL Head-coordinator

15.45 - 17.00
Social meeting