Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education Conference

The final conference for the Recognition of Prior Learning in Practice (RPLip) project took place on 16 March, 2021. Don't worry if you missed it - here you can find links to videos from the conference as well as other RPLip materials.

What was the Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education conference about?

Validation (RPL) practitioners working in teaching, learning, research, policy or management and individuals working at a higher education institution, ministry, national agency or quality assurance agency were invited to participate in the EPLip project conference.

Project participants discussed what they'd learned about the successful implementation of RPL in higher education. Among other things, the programme focused on:

  • going beyond your role as an individual champion in promoting a strategic, connected and committed institution
  • creating a validation-friendly system, from learning outcomes to guidelines and procedures that build on transparent phases - all through identification, documentation and assessment
  • enabling effective peer learning

Across Europe, HEIs are focused on contributing to life-long learning in service to their communities and regions. As a part of European, national, and institutional responses, RPL is an essential tool that meets the needs of citizens by supporting flexible learning paths.

Nobody should be required to study something they already know!


Report: “Recognition of Prior Learning in Practice. Putting policies to work – experiences from two years of p eer learning” (PDF)

Don't miss the conference recordings!

Most of the conference was recorded. If you missed it and are interested in listening to what was discussed, please view the conference videos available on Youtube.

Introduction and main conclusions of the project, Anders Ahlstrand

Current status of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), David Crosier

Firm foundations for RPL practices – institutional commitment, Irene Sheridan

Firm foundations for RPL practices, Susanna Björklund

Firm foundations for RPL practices, institutional example 2, Ann Toebes

Present and future perspectives on RPL, Panel discussion moderated by Michal Karpíšek

Sum-up and goodbye, Anders Ahlstrand

Conference presentations

Main conference presentation - Anders Ahlstrand

Programme Design, Learning Outcomes, Qualifications Framework and RPL - Ann Toebes

Current status of RPL: What progress have we made in the EHEA? - David Crosier

Firm foundations for RPL practices: Institutional Commitment - Irene Sheridan

Recognition of Prior Learning: the example of Professional Social Workers - Susanna Björklund


The conference had a full day of activities with an array of guest speakers. 

Download the conference programme

The event was organised as part of the project “RPL in practice”. Visit the rest of the project website for more information about the project and its project partners.


Last updated: 2 June 2021