MICROBOL Kick-Off Conference 2020
The kick-off Conference of the MICROBOL project was the first in a series of meetings that will evaluate the current practices and policies relating to microcredentials. Specifically, this event explored the links between Micro-credentials and the Bologna Key Commitments.
The coordinator and partners of the MICROBOL-project invited all BFUG members and the representatives nominated by their country to register for the online webinar of the project, that took place on 31st August 2020.
Following the introductory webinar, on 1st September 2020 the first meetings of the 3 working groups of MICROBOL were organised. These sessions were only open for official nominees.
Agenda for the MICROBOL Kick-off Conference
Day 1: Monday 31 August 2020 – Webinar
|9.15||Testing of the system|
|9.30||Welcome by the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training|
|9.40||Keynote – Higher education of the future: micro-credentials in global context
Professor Bundit Thipakorn, King Mongkut’s University of Technology tThonburi, Bangkok
|10.00||What are micro-credentials and what is the added value they bring?
Elena Cirlan, Project and Policy Officer, EUA
||Micro-credentials and their contribution to higher education in the European Union
Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, European Commission DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
|11.00||Current projects and frameworks on micro-credentials in the EHEA
MicroHE and OEPass Projects – Anthony Camilleri
Common Micro-credential Framework (CMF) – George Ubachs
|12.00||The MICROBOL project and its activities
Magalie Soenen, Policy advisor higher education, Flemish Ministry of Education and Training
|12.15||Micro-credentials and the EHEA tools
Tia Loukkola, Director for Institutional Development, EUA
|12.35||Concluding remarks and end of the webinar|
Day 2: 1 September 2020 – Working Groups
|9.00-11.00h||Group 1 – Quality Assurance
Facilitators: Belgium-Flemish Community, Peter van der Hijden, Anthony Camilleri
Quality Assurance of Micro-Credentials – Anthony Camilleri
|11.15-13.15h||Group 2 – Qualifications’ frameworks & ECTS
Facilitators: Finland, George Ubachs, Katherine Isaacs
Qualifications Framework and ECTS – Katherine Isaacs
|14.15-16.15h||Group 3 – Recognition
Facilitators: Italy, Frederik De Decker, Peter van der Hijden
Recognition of micro-credentials – Frederik De Decker
Nominees of BFUG member countries/organisations
|Objectives and expected outcomes:
The key aim is to consider how the existing tools of the EHEA can be used or should be eventually modified to accommodate micro-credentials into the Bologna framework.
Each group will also set up a roadmap identifying the key steps (challenges, needed adjustments, possible challenges, etc.) in the integration of micro-credentials into the framework(s).
Each working group will have the following structure:
Themes of the MICROBOL Conference
This event laid down the foundation of the Working Groups on Qualifications framework and ECTS, Recognition and Quality Assurance. Each Working Group worked on how their theme can be linked to micro-credentials and the Bologna Key Commitments.
Support Future Learning Excellence through Micro-Credentialling in Higher Education
Project Ref: 590161-EPP-1-2017-1-DE-EPPKA3-PI-FORWARD
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