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Taking stock of progress

E-SLP partners met last week in Maastricht to review progress and to make plans for the final year of project work. In her summary at the start of the meeting, project manager Alessandra Antonaci from EADTU used the interim report from the independent review team appointed by the European Commission to highlight some of the strengths of the project as well as to remind partners about some of the points that need more attention. One of the key messages from this evaluation was the need to ensure actions and results from the several different European initiatives exploring short learning programmes (SLPs) are well coordinated so as to avoid duplication and maximise impact.  Luckily EADTU has connections with practically all of these initiatives which makes the task a bit easier.

13 December 2019

Design Guidelines for Flexible and Scalable SLPs

The “Design Guidelines for Flexible and Scalable SLPs” is now available online. This report will help the creation and development of SLPs at Meso and Micro level. They illustrate how to design flexible, scalable, accessible and relevant SLPs for users and groups of users. As it is relatively new, design principles are evolving and as front-runner, the E-SLP project is the trailblazer. Using online SLPs to go beyond a regional design to national and international design.

March 2019

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Short Learning Programmes in Europe (Nov. 2018)

The SLP project held keynote and a presentation during the Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference in Aarhus, Denmark. The slides of Liz Marr (OUUK) on Short Learning Programmes for Lifelong Learning and of Darco Jansen (EADTU) on Current status of micro-credentials and short programmes in Europe are available on SlideShare. The report on Concept and role of SLPs in European Higher Education is currently under review and will be published soon.

Changing Pedagogical Landscape (August 2018)

Recently, EADTU published a follow-up study on the Changing Pedagogical Landscape to identify patterns in practices and policies of new models of teaching and learning, based on qualitative research in various European countries. Section five discusses the role of digital education in continuous education and continuous professional development and how short degrees can enhance a more scalable and systematic offering. Examples of online short degrees are seen both in traditional and in open universities. WP2 of the E-SLP project will elaborate on the current situation of short learning programmes / short degrees.

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Study Class Central on Microcredentials (July 2018)

Class Central published a study on current offering on online programmes and degrees by five MOOC platform providers (Coursera, edX, Udacity, FutureLearn and Kadenze). The credentials to these programmes are smaller than formal degrees and are also called microcredentials. They conclude that some of these short programmes offer the opportunity to earn credit towards a full degree programme. However, they observe that variety is very large and that leaners and employers amongst others are getting confused. The various brand names of these microcredentials offer no help as well.

One of the aims of the E-SLP project is to bring more uniformity amongst European offering in relation to European Qualification Level and the Bologna process.  

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Connecting to your SLP initiatives (June 2018)

The E-SLP project is aiming at systematic change of incorporating (online) SLPs or short degree programmes into institutional strategies and into European Higher Education system / EQF. To ensure a European wide impact, relationships with other initiatives and institutions are needed. To this end the E-SLP project has an active stakeholder group and strong relation with various associated partners. Please contact the project coordinator for possibilities to address your needs and opportunities in the uptake of SLPs.

Start E-SLP project on Short Learning Programmes (February 2018)
Increasingly universities use online/blended Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) as a flexible and scalable offering to serve large numbers of students, needed to close the knowledge and skills gap in Europe. SLPs also keep innovative knowledge and skills of workforce up to date and better anticipate on careers of tomorrow than degree programmes. To increase the awareness and uptake of SLPs, EADTU together with 14 university partners started in January 2018 the European Short Learning Programmes (E-SLP) project for continuous professional development and lifelong learning under EC’s Key Action 3 Forward-Looking Cooperation projects
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