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1 FOLIE Network for Qualifications North-West A pilot project in the initiative AnKom ( Recognition of vocational competences in Higher Education Study Programmes) Dr. Wolfgang Müskens CvO University of Oldenburg

2 FOLIE 2 Three types of Recognition of prior learning Access Minimal Requirements for access to higher education regulated by law (e.g. Abitur (diploma from secondary school or Examination Z) Access, Admission, Exemption Admission Selection of applicants for a place at university by faculty or Central Agency for Univerity Admission(ZVS) Creditation Exemption from modules of study because of prior learning or previous acquired competencies

3 FOLIE 3 An initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research 11 regional pilot projects Regional pilot project Network for Qualifications North-West with participation of the University of Oldenburg Project Duration: 9/2005 until 12/2007 Objectives: 1. To evaluate the transferability of learning outcomes from continuing vocational education 2. Development of instruments for recognition of prior vocational education 3. Consideration of informal competences with regard to certification and validation at University AnKom (Anrechnung beruflicher Kompetenzen auf Hochschulstudiengänge) Recognition of vocational competences in Higher Education Study Programmes

4 FOLIE 4 Qualifikationsverbund Nord-West Network for Qualifications North-West IHK Ostfriesland und Papenburg IHK OL HK Bremen Uni Bremen Uni OL AN- kammer Bremen Chambers of Industry and Commerce

5 FOLIE 5 Recognition of Prior Learning Objectives: Offer more flexible transitions between vocational and university higher education Reduce redundancies at the interface between voactional and higher education Stimulate life long learning Create new pathes of education Validate previously acquired knowledge, skills, and competencies juster than now Shorten the length of study

6 FOLIE 6 Structure of vocational education (at Chambers of commerce) in Germany Initial vocational training max. 3.5 years Ausbildung 1 – 5 years on the job experience Certified senior clerk / senior commercial clerk (2 years part-time) Fachwirt/Fachkaufmann Master craftsman (2 years part-time) Meister Business specialist (2 years part-time) Betriebswirt Technical business specialist (2 years part-time) 1 – 3 years on the job experience Age (approx.)

7 FOLIE 7 Vocational education vs. Higher Education BachelorSenior clerk / Master craftsman Fachwirt, Meister, etc. Bachelor professional Initial vocational training Ausbildung EQF-Level 6 7 The view of the Chambers of Commerce Master PhD Business specialist Betriebswirt 8

8 FOLIE 8 Vocational education vs. Higher Education Bachelor Senior clerk / Master craftsman Fachwirt, Meister, etc. Initial vocational training Ausbildung EQF-Level 6 7 The view of the universities Master PhD Business specialist Betriebswirt 8 Recognition of prior learning

9 FOLIE 9 Blanket Recognition Any holder of a certain qualification (e.g. Master craftsman, Certified senior clerk) gets exemption from equivalent university modules without individual assessment University (in coorperation with Chambers) check only one-time the equivalence of the vocational qualification and the programme of study at university University guarantees recognition for any holder of the vocational qualification Basic principles

10 FOLIE 10 CvO University Oldenburg Pilot project in Oldenburg Senior insurance clerk Versicherungsfachwirt/in Bachelor Business Administration Senior industrial clerk Industriefachwirt/in Business specialist Betriebswirt IHK Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in Bremen, Oldenburg, Emden Intended options of blanket recognition I

11 FOLIE 11 Pilot project in Bremen Master craftsman Meister IHK Technical Business specialist Technischer Betriebswirt IHK Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in Bremen, Oldenburg, Emden Intended options of blanket recognition II University Bremen M.Sc. Systems Engineering Ba.Sc. Systems Engineering

12 FOLIE 12 An example: Mr. Mohlberg Business Specialist and Senior industrial Clerk, 32 years old Diploma from secondary school (Abitur) Initial voc. Training in commerce 12 years experience on the job Managerial responsibility in a medium company Interested in studying Bachelor of Business Administration (BA) at University of Oldenburg Expects creditation of prior learning Ive already learned that in continuing vocational training. Will there be any exemption? How many ECTS points will be credited?

13 FOLIE 13 Blanket Recognition Initial vocational training on the job experience Vocational qualification (e.g. Senior Clerk) Chambers of Commerce Validation / Creditation Studies BA (Uni OL) Systems Engineering (Uni Bremen) ECTS- Points of continuing vocational training Vocational qualification (e.g. Business Specialist) Chambers of Commerce ECTS- Points Dual System: on the job + vocational school

14 FOLIE 14 Blanket recognition of non-higher-education qualifications Corresponding subject of vocational qualification Module of Study course (e.g. Production or Leadership Equivalence check Experts determine, to what extent the contents of the module are covered by learning outcomes of the vocational qualification which level of skills, knowledge, and competence (according to EQF) in reference to skills, knowledge will be achieved in the module and in the vocational qualification Contents Level (EQF) Skills Knowledge Competence Expertise on equivalence

15 FOLIE 15 Comparing continuing vocational and higher education Continuing vocational trainingContinuing Higer Education Learning outcomes focused on scientific skills: Reflecting Analyzing Critical Thinking Generate new questions Understanding the generation of theories, models and instruments (research) Learning outcomes focused on vocational skills and knowledge Acquired skills have to be applicable immediately Models and methods shouldnt be scrutinized or questioned Formal vocational training and experiences on the job complement one another Assessment and grading based on*: Learning projects Presentation of project results Reflection on team work Assessment and grading based on: Written examinations Nationwide standardized tasks Standardized criteria for appraisal Difficulties and differences *) in BA Business Administration

16 FOLIE 16 Comparing continuing vocational and higher education Continuing vocational trainingContinuing Higer Education Types of learning* Self study periods Online Discussion-Boards (WebCT) Team Projects (online) Real life discussions with experts Types of learning Frontal teaching Self study Exercising tasks of prior years Modularisation*: 10 compulsory modules (each 8 ECTS) 10 compulsary optional modules No examinations outside of modules Modularisation: Learning and examination totally separated Training and examination – sometimes different institutions Multidisciplinary integrated examinations Difficulties and differences *) in BA Business Administration

17 FOLIE 17 An example: Mr. Mohlberg Business Specialist and Senior industrial Clerk, 32 years old Diploma from secondary school (Abitur) Initial voc. Training in commerce 12 years experience on the job Managerial responsibility in a medium company Interested in studying Bachelor of Business Administration (BA) at University of Oldenburg Expects creditation of prior learning This blanket recognition is restricted to formal vocational education. Ive learned much more informally on the job. How will that be validated?

18 FOLIE 18 Two options for recognition Individual recognition Validation Blanket vs. individual blanket recognition Informal learningFormal vocational qualifications Equivalence check Assessment of competences (Portfolio + Complex task) started in 3/2006

19 FOLIE 19 Two options for recognition Individual recognition Validation Blanket vs. individual blanket recognition Informal learningFormal vocational qualifications Equivalence check Assessment of competences (Portfolio + Complex task) started in 3/2006 Oh, ill get up to 80 ECTS-Points! Thats almost half of the study course. Great!

20 FOLIE 20 Contact Arbeitsbereich Weiterbildung und Bildungsmanagement Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg Oldenburg Dr. Wolfgang Müskens


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