ENQA AS A PARTNER
Microcredentials linked to the Bologna Key Commitments (MICROBOL)
MICROBOL is a 2-year project co-funded by Erasmus+ KA3 Support to Policy reform, and more specifically “Support to the implementation of EHEA reforms”.
It is linked to the aims of the new Erasmus+ Programme and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) to increase access to continuous learning for all learners, regardless of age or experience.
These learners include regular higher education students, but also underrepresented groups, adult learners and in fact all those who want to improve their knowledge, skills and competences. If we want to fill the gap between formal education leading to classic degrees and the fast-changing knowledge-development and labour market needs, we need to create new flexible ways of learning and teaching such as short learning programmes and microcredentials. These can be offered through formal or informal education and through online or face-to-face courses.
The specific objective of this project is for ministries and stakeholders to explore, within the Bologna Process, whether and how the existing Bologna tools can be used and/or need to be adapted to be applicable to microcredentials. Ideally, all these short forms of learning should guarantee a standard of quality; they should be linked to the Qualifications Frameworks and be recognized appropriately throughout the European Higher Education Area. So, the project will investigate what the options are within the current guidelines.
It will primarily focus on microcredentials provided by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) or in conjunction with HEIs, and touch secondly on those entirely provided by companies or non-profit organisations, the system of ‘open badges’ and other bits of ‘micro’-learning.
In this project an international consortium will organize various meetings and workshops where governments, experts and stakeholders will come together to evaluate the current practices and policies relating to microcredentials. Based on the findings of these meetings, a common European framework for microcredentials will be proposed.
The Flemish Ministry of Education and Training coordinates MICROBOL in cooperation with:
- The Ministry of Education and Culture from Finland
- CIMEA from Italy
- EUA (European University Association)
- ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education)