Cedefop’s 2nd “Policy Learning Forum on defining and writing of learning outcomes for VET qualifications” will be held at Cedefop’s premises in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 13 and 14 October 2016. Building on the positive outcomes of the first PLF organised in 2015, our aim is to strengthen the exchange of experiences related to the writing and use of learning outcomes in VET. While the learning outcomes approaches are now firmly embedded in the majority of European VET systems, mutual learning across national and institutional borders is still limited. The first PLF organised in September 2015 emphasised the need for a more permanent ‘community of practitioners’ that will act as a platform of exchange and will be supported by research. The PLF therefore targets national and sectoral experts directly involved in the writing of learning outcomes for VET.
The work of the PLF will refer to the findings of Cedefop’s comparative study of 10 learning outcomes based VET qualifications currently being carried out in 25 countries inside as well as outside Europe. The data from this allows for a systematic discussion on strengths as well as weaknesses of existing ways of defining and writing learning
outcomes for VET.
Cedefop’s ‘Handbook on writing learning outcomes’ will be the main focus of the forum. This handbook, based on the findings of the 2015 PLF, will provide a reference point for dialogue cooperation in this area.
As I have said I will take part in this Policy Learning Forum (PLF) on the writing of learning outcomes in VET that will build on the positive experiences from the 2015 PLF on the same topic, further deepening the exchange of experiences between national experts in this area.
The PLF will take into account the findings of the ongoing comparative study of learning outcomes based VET qualifications (carried out in a cooperation between Cedefop, ETF and UNESCO) and will be invited to discuss the first draft of the new Cedefop ‘Handbook on writing learning outcomes’.
The PLF provides a platform for European cooperation on the application of learning outcomes; allowing for the identification of common challenges as well as solutions