1st meeting of eCoP Finances in Aveiro

Dear all,

Thank you for registering in this eCoP and for your posts. Our group is still small but of high quality!

We are planning a meeting during the Aveiro Conference (there is a slot on 5th June 14:30-15:30). The idea is that each member could give a brief outline of the financing of ULLL in their countries (institutional + program level) and the main issues they are facing. This should enable us start exchanging and identify themes to be discussed in more depth.

Could you please let us know if you will be able to attend the Aveiro meeting?

Kind regards,


Learning accounts

The political parties are beginning to negotiate the program of the new Cabinet after general elections in Finland. One of the main parties has suggested to launch a system of learning accounts, into which the employer, the public bodies and the individual could invest. The employee could then use the funds for ‘continuous learning’ (the politically correct concept here these days).

Another viewpoint to this was raised in the Future of Work Conference in Brussels in April. In the panel, a representative of the small enterprises called for ‘field-specific funds’ for lifelong learning. His logic was that this would promote LLL whereas the companies needed not be afraid that their investments in staff development would lead to moving to other companies after training.

Any experience on this in other countries?

EQAF 2019 Berlin

This yearโ€™s European Quality Assurance Forum in Berlin 21 – 23 November will explore how external and internal QA processes can support engaged higher education institutions in developing activities that meet the expectations and needs of all stakeholders and demonstrate their value to society. The viewpoint is far wider than digital learning but the audience in EQAF 2018 considered the quality assurance of digital learning as one of the most important development tasks for the future.

EDEN work on QA of Elearning

There is a EDEN Special Interest Group with activities like:

a) EDLW2018, (november 2018) http://www.eden-online.org/eden_conference/considerations-for-qa-of-e-learning-provision/
b) OEW2019 7 March 2019 http://www.eden-online.org/eden_conference/oer-quality-assessment/
c) LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8741456/
d) Webpage http://www.eden-online.org/eden-special-interest-group-on-technology-enabled-learning-tel-and-quality-enhancement/.

Post other useful links, Alfredo Soeiro

Quality assurance of e-learning provision

A working group from ENQA has published : “Considerations for quality assuranCe of e-learning provision”. Based on the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG 2015), each standard is commented according to e-learning provision.

Very useful for Higher Education Institutions to prepare themselves for institutional accreditation or update their quality assurance system.


Call for practices around digital wellbeing issues

The Digital Wellbeing Educators’ Erasmus+ project is still collecting documents describing existing good practices around digital wellbeing issues. By digital wellbeing we understand:
– to develop/use tools or practices that look after personal health, safety, relationships and work-life balance in digital settings;
– to use digital tools in pursuit of personal goals (e.g. health and fitness);
– to participate in social and community activities;
– to act safely and responsibly in digital environments;
– to negotiate and resolve conflict;
– to manage digital workload, overload and distraction;
– to act with concern for the human and natural environment when using digital tools.

If you have any material addressing any of the points listed above, please send these files to office@eucen.eu Those who collaborate in the collaction of materials will have access to the transversal analysis that will be done afterwards prior to its official publication.

For more details about this project, please visit its website.

Call for case studies: Good practices around validaton of prior learning (VINCE)

The VINCE project is collecting best practices in the area of validation of prior learning, specifically with migrants/refugees, but not exclusively.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Please follow this link to read more about it and to download the template. What is there for you? The three best works received, will be invited to attend the final VINCE Symposium in Barcelona and will have the chance to present their work.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Do not miss the deadline 10 April 2019!

Higher Education Apprenticeships: A definition that helps you

eucen has been developing tools to help HEIs to identify and improve their apprenticeship programmes through its project ApprEnt. During the collection of data, eucen realised that HE apprenticeships mean different things to different people in different European countries. In order to help users to understand the concept better, ApprEnt has settled a definition. You can find the details of this definition in this link and see if your own programmes fulfil a minimum of 4 characteristics out of the six identified by the project. Do you have programmes that can be considered HE apprenticeships? Let us know! We continue collecting materials!