Title VAluing experience Beyond the University
Framework LifeLong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci
Project Number 2009-1-FR1-LEO05-07330
Start – End Date 01/10/2009 – 30/09/2011
Duration 24 months
Instrument / Type Transfer of Innovation
Funding Agency EU-EACEA
Total Project Funding 230.000 € (Funding Rate 71%)
Project Homepage http://www.vab-univ.eu
Many European countries are faced with high levels of unemployment among youngsters. Universities around the European Union have tried to bridge the gap between the knowledge they deliver and the demands of the labor market. In this perspective, they have tried to express their diplomas in terms of skills and competences. This is one of the key points of the recent reform LMD (Licence, Master, Doctorate) to propose a common framework to European universities to enhance transparency and mutual recognition of the diplomas and as a result the validation of their students’ skills and competences. The main reproach made to youngsters is to lack of a professional experience.
The VAB project aims at proposing a pedagogical tool together with an e-training to allow University teachers to take into account in the evaluation of their students any competences acquired via non-formal/formal learning outside university. The VAB project will enable teachers to value the personal, social and professional experience acquired by their students beyond the University in order to enhance their professional integration. The expected impact of the VAB project is a better preparation of teachers/trainers working at the University to answer the labor market’s needs.
The main results to be achieved through the VAB project are :
- A pedagogical tool, a portfolio.
- A digital pedagogical tool, an e-portfolio.
- An e-training course.
- Reports on the experimental use of the e-portfolio.< /li>
- Networks of teachers/trainers, universities/training bodies, experts in lifelong learning and professionals of the labour market.
- Newsletter and website for the dissemination of the results;
- Articles and publications on the results achieved.