default Quality Assurance and the Recognition of Non-formal and/or Informal Learning

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Final report produced within the framework of the REFINE project (Recognising Formal, Informal and Non-formal Education). Each country involved in the Refine project was asked 5 questions in relation the quality assurance arrangements for the recognition/validation of non-formal and informal learning in their partner institutions.
In general the following points should be noted:
There are no special quality assurance arrangements for the recognition of non-formal and informal learning in place and in some institutions there are no quality arrangements at all since the work is at a very experimental
phase and frequently there is no legal basis for such activity (especially in the universities).
Partners in the project suggest that quality assurance for recognition of non-formal and informal learning should be part of the general quality assurance arrangements of the institution rather than something special or different.
Several partners suggest that there should be so me element of externality in the process but there is no consensus on this
The main features that partners stress as elements of an effective quality assurance procedure are:
  • Transparency, openness and clarity in the procedures, tools and criteria
  • The professionalism and seniority of the people with overall responsibility for the procedures
  • Training of the people who will be involved especially the advice and guidance staff and the assessors