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Validation of non-formal MOOC-based learning: an analysis of assessment and recognition practices in Europe (OpenCred)

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posted on 26.01.2017, 15:13 by Gabi Witthaus, Andreia Inamorato dos Santos, Mark Childs, Anne-Christin Tannhauser, Grainne Conole, Bernard Nkuyubwatsi, Yves Punie
This report presents the outcomes of research, conducted between May 2014 and November 2015, into emerging practices in assessment, credentialisation and recognition in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Following extensive research on MOOCs in European Member States, it provides a snapshot of how European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) recognise (or not) non-formal learning (particularly MOOC-based), and how some employers recognise open badges and MOOC certificates for continuing professional development. We analyse the relationship between forms of assessment used and credentials awarded, from badges for self-assessment to ECTS credits for on-site examinations, and consider the implications for recognition. Case studies provide deeper insights into existing practices. The report introduces a model which guides MOOC conveners in positioning and shaping their offers, and also helps institutions and employers to make recognition decisions. It concludes with a set of recommendations to European HEIs and policy makers to enable wider recognition of open learning in higher education and at the workplace.

Funding

European Commission

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Citation

WITTHAUS, G. ... et al., 2016. Validation of non-formal MOOC-based learning: an analysis of assessment and recognition practices in Europe (OpenCred). EUR 27660 EN; doi:10.2791/809371

Publisher

Joint Research Council © European Union

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VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2016

Notes

This publication is a Science for Policy report by the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s in-house science service.

ISSN

1831-9424

Language

en

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