Project activities

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Project timeline


PLA1* PLA2* PLA3* Confer-ence Project ends
April 2019 June 2019 Oct 2019 Sept 2020 16 Mar 2021 April 2021

* PLA = Peer Learning Activity


Final dissemination conference

Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education Conference

When - 16th of March 2021, 9.30 – 14.45 CET
Where -  Online

Find out more at the RPL in Higher Education conference page

Previous events

Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education

EURASHE and the Swedish Council for Higher Education, together with their partners from the Recognition of Prior Learning in practice (RPLip) project, organised the online event “Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education” in October/November 2020.

The online event presented the outcomes of the RPLip project and offered a platform to further develop the discussion around quality assured and consistent processes to recognise non-formal and informal learning throughout Europe.

The event consisted of two webinars.

Webinar 1:

Why validation and recognition of prior informal and non-formal learning
Tuesday 13 October, 14:30-16:00 (CEST), on Zoom

Presentation: Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Eduation

Presentation: RPL in Austria

Presentation: RPL in Croatia

Presentations: Flexible learning within Higher Education

Watch a recording of the webinar on Youtube

Webinar 2:

How to validate and recognize prior informal and non-formal learning
Thursday 5 November, 14:30-16:00 (CET), on Zoom

Presentation: Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education

Presentation: Recognition of Prior Learning in CIT

Presentation: Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education –
How to validate? 

Watch a recording of the event on Youtube

For project participants:

PLA 1, Stockholm, June 27-28, 2019

During this first PLA the project group presented the current status of RPL in each country. The participants are in different stages of implementing RPL, which makes a good starting point for peer learning. A common agreement on definitions and fundamental documents were agreed upon. The group also started developing a self-evaluation template of institutional RPL-practices based on the four phases of validation in the Cedefop guidelines.

PLA 2, Vienna, October 22-23, 2019

During the second PLA the work with the self-evaluation template of the validation process continued. The HEI project participants that have “tested” the draft template shared their experiences. Some of the crucial point raised: Commitment at all levels of the institution is, clear information in all aspects and counselling/support to the candidate is equally important – the candidate has to understand the process and understand his/her role to balance expectations, Important with well-defined Learning outcomes to validate against, learn from what you’ve done earlier – save and use previous decisions to improve practice,  work with staff development, refine and redefine the RPL- process, use different sets of combinations of methods.

PLA 3, September 2-3, 2020

During the third PLA, work with the template continued with special focus on assessment methods and practices. We concluded that the template works as a self-assessment tool and support for discussions on institutional implementation of RPL. However, there is work to be done with translation and adaptation to a national or institutional context.

The project participants also gave updates on national developments. There is much going on:

  • In Austria, there are already national guidelines for RPL developed by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) and Higher Education Institutions. Furthermore, AQ Austria has received a new task to provide information and advice on questions regarding RPL provision in all 4 HE sectors.
  • In Croatia, draft national guidelines on recognition have been developed and many HEIs have already stated that they will implement ordinances and begin developing procedures.
  • In Ireland, amendments to legislation have been made regarding Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) engagement with RPL, mainly through the agency’s responsibility to establish policies and criteria for access, transfer and progression for providers.
  • In Sweden, the final report of the National Delegation for Validation was released in the beginning of 2020 with the basic message that there is a need for a national and sustainable strategy for validation.
  • In Iceland, the QF has been revisited, among other things, to make sure that it’s fit for purpose to allow for RPL.

Finally, project conclusion was discussed as well as the most important points in order to implement RPL.

Survey on validation, fall 2019

The project conducted a small survey among HEI:s about validation and the use of RPL for access and for credits. The most common challenges in working with RPL mentioned among the HEI:s were challenges concerning the awareness and attitudes among potential candidates, stakeholders and HEI:s. Challenges concerning routines, lack of personal capacity and costs were also mentioned.



Last updated: 29 January 2021