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VM-PASS: Implementing Recognition of Virtual Mobility and OER Learning through a Learning Passport

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Despite the rise of Virtual Mobility and OCW (Open CourseWare)-based opportunities for learning at institutions, around Europe – recognition remains uneven, and serves as a major barrier to uptake of these flexible forms of learning. In the past year, both UNESCO and the European Commission have called for this problem to be addressed through improved recognition tools. Thus, VM-Pass will aim to increase inter-institutional recognition of virtual mobility and ocw-based courses, by: a) – Building on results from OER test project and piloting the use of a student-held learning passport to facilitate recognition & mobility, b) Planning, testing and creating a recognition-clearinghouse to support the verification and investigation of learning passports, c) Creating a typology of quality systems used in vm and oer systems, to support the learning passports and recognition-clearinghouse and d) Engaging in dialogue with multiple institutions around Europe so as to mainstream use of the recognition tools created by the project. These activities together will provide recognition offices a tool which will reduce the bureacracy involved in recognition processes, allow them to share experiences with peers and compare their recognition decisions’ with other institutions – thus promoting harmonisation of recognition. All of this together, should make it easier for students to have their VM learning recognised, and thus increase the volume of students taking advantage of this flexible learning pathway, without increasing the administrative burden on their home institutions.

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