Outcomes

Recognition issues with regards to SLPs

The following report provides an overview of the approaches to recognition within and between the partner countries and institutions of the ESLP project, in order to identify similarities and differences and make recommendations for the recognition of SLPs in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). 

Concept and role of Short Learning Programmes in European Higher Education

Current socioeconomic developments indicate the relevance of lifelong learning. The mismatch between skills or knowledge and position or ambition needs to be resolved. Higher education needs to become more flexible with more blended or online components, to facilitate both conventional learners as well as lifelong learners. The socioeconomic developments and the current mismatch create a challenge for the European Union as well as for higher education institutes (HEIs), to which Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) could provide an answer. These SLPs consist of individual learning units or building blocks that are combined in a programme that is valuable for both learners as well as employers. As part of a larger project entitled ESLP, the current report aims to review and conceptualise SLPs in higher education and to describe the possibilities and challenges of developing SLPs in the European context, both in their contributions to lifelong learning and within degree education.

Design guidelines for flexible and scalable SLPs

The aim of these “Design Guidelines for Flexible and Scalable SLPs” is to 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.

These “Design Guidelines for Flexible and Scalable SLPs” have been produced, as part of the E-SLP project. Data was collected from an internal report: “Compendium of Good Practices” (D.4.1 E-SLP), which was drafted from the findings of a survey collecting information on the design of 22 SLPs supported by the detailed interviews of 10 of these SLPs. This report gathered evidence of design good practices in existing SLPs and revealed possible progress that could be made. These improvements have evolved into guidelines, which focus on how to design SLPs that correspond to the parameters of the E-SLP project.

Flexible and scalable SLPs: compendium of good practices

This deliverable presents a compendium of good practice, gathered within our consortium, that can be used as inspiration for the design of new SLPs.
This compendium shows design trends and unique features, in existing SLPs, highlighting the innovations of this format when it is put into practice, not only in terms of activities, pedagogies and tools, but also when inter-institutional collaboration and accreditation are concerned.  

The first part of the compendium presents the practices carried out within the E-SLP consortium, with details about:  target group; flexibility and scalability; accessibility and Innovation. While, the second part presents all the SLPs that our partners offer, providing an in depth exploration of the good practices for each SLP. The compendium ends by  highlighting possible shortcomings in the creation of SLPs.

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