About E-SLP Project
E-SLP is a project about European Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) for continuous professional development and lifelong learning. Download flyer.
Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) or short degree programmes are a group of courses (units, modules or other learning building blocks) with a common subject focussing on specific needs in society and which are part of larger degrees. Different typologies and names exist throughout Europe.
According to the European Short Learning consortium, a short learning programme (SLP) can be described as a group of courses (units, modules, or other learning building blocks) with a common subject, designed in response to a specific need, that targets higher education lifelong learners and delivers credit-based (ECTS) certification/credentials.
SLPs are shorter programmes stackable to larger ones such as a degree. These short programmes enable learners to have a feeling of progressing as they need less time to achieve a milestone. At the end of an SLP, after assessment, is awarded to the learner a credential that contains information related to the title of the qualification, the number of ECTS, the learning outcomes/competences, the level of the course achieved, assessment info and the grades earned.
On the SLP portal called SLP4U you can sign up for all kinds of SLPs.
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European Qualification Framework (EQF)
ranging from foundation to doctoral level (4/5 to 8)
Study time between 5 to 30 ECTS
Recognition and accreditation
Recognising SLP qualifications as part of wider degree programmes. Such that these qualifications are compliant with the (renewed) EQF as well as with quality assurance and accreditation procedures
Relation to formal degrees
SLPs must be regarded as building blocks to formal degrees
Online and blended
The E-SLP project will mainly focus on flexible online/blended SLPs
Flexibility and scalability
Implementation of flexible and scalable SLPs as main part of continuing education/continuous professional development and lifelong learning policies. Flexibility by for example responses to market, flexible building blocks to degrees, openness, non-stop enrolment, flexible learning paths, asynchronous, etc. and scalability by progressive accreditation, massive audience, easy context adaptation, etc.
Society and Market driven
SLPs respond to the demand of large numbers of students for a shorter study; to the immediate economic knowledge and skills requirements in enterprises, to cultural, social and environmental needs and personal development in society.
The project is funded under Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform – Initiatives for Policy Innovation - "Forward Looking Cooperation Projects"
Project Number: 590202-EPP-1-2017-1-NL-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD
Project Duration: 36 months
Start date: 01-01-2018
End date: 31-12-2020
Coordinator: European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)