The project "Identification, assessment and recognition of informally acquired competences", short IBAK, is completed. This project site www.competences.info is still open to anyone interested, although it will be no longer updated.
The identification, assessment and recognition of informally acquired skills - for us these are still hot items. Get an updated overview on methods and instruments in our IBAK database on our homepage www.heurekanet.de or news from our BMBF project "KomBiA“. We look forward to your visit.
The project âIdentification, assessment and recognition of informally acquired competences" started in December 2008. The project is funded by EU Lifelong Learning Programme and is implemented by partners from Germany (project coordinator), Austria, Netherlands, France, Lithuania, Slovakia and Switzerland for the duration of 24 months.
The project is mainly addressed to professionals and organisations (institutions, associations, institutes, etc.) in the field of lifelong learning which are involved in identification, assessment and recognition of competencies. The projects core issue is to strengthen the capacities of adult education institutions, their management staff and teaching professionals in identification, assessment and recognition of informally acquired competences using the professional experiences in other national frameworks.
The IBAK-project contributes to the achievement of specific targets with a wide range of methods. The European surplus, expressed in several products, depends on the results at national and regional levels:
National/regional "methods workshops". Those will be the events at national or regional level, where representatives of adult education institutions and social partners will discuss the situation and prospects of identification, assessment and recognition of informally acquired competences.
National/regional compendiums of methods. This will be the collections of methods of identification, assessment and recognition of informally acquired competences that are used in partner countries.
Based on these particular achievements the IBAK-project concentrates the national experiences in several products within an European framework:
International "methods workshop" organised. This will be a two-day international event where the partners of the project and other participants will discuss the practice and experience in identification, assessment and recognition of informally acquired competences. They will compare the effectiveness of methods used in different countries; obtain the ideas for improving of or developing new methods. The practitioner of adult education will discuss country-specific future tendencies reflecting the guidelines of lifelong learning and shall develop recommendations for improvement of methodologies.
Collection of documents. It will be the result of the "methods workshop" which will contain the introductory presentations, results of working groups, recommendations, including recommendations on using the ICT instruments and their improvement. Documents will reflect the variety of approaches in Europe and will allow the reader to compare their practice with the practice of the participants of the event. The material will provide the impulse for National education institutions to apply purposefully the instruments of identification, assessment and recognition of informally acquired competences and to improve the qualifications of pedagogical personnel.
"The virtual toolbox of instruments". It will be an Internet based database on methods of identification, assessment and recognition of informally acquired competences. The data base will be based on the national digests of methods and other sources. Data will be presented in national languages while key words will be presented in English. By using the key words the user will be able to enter to the data base in national language and to decide which instrument or method should be analysed more intensely.
HeurekaNet e.V. (Germany - project coordinator)
Burgenlaendische Volkshochschulen (Austria)
Bildungswerk der KAB (Germany)
ROC van Twente (Netherlands)
GIP FCIP Alsace (France)
Lithuanian Association of Adult Education (Lithuania)
Akademia vzdelavania (Slovakia)
Swiss Association for Adult Education (SVEB, Switzerland) - "the silent" partner