As part of the VMPass project we are writing a set of guidelines for completing the VMPass learning passport. A draft of these is described here, sale along with an example of a completed learning passport. Comments welcome!
VMPass Learning Passport Guidelines
The VMPass project is developing an accreditation framework for informal and non-formal learning through resources such as Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). The accreditation is achieved through completion of a learning passport. This consists of information from: the institution that provided the open learning material, the learner, and the accrediting institution. This document provides guidelines on how to complete the learning passport.
Section 1 needs to be completed by the institution providing the open learning offering. It begins with information about the institution and the offering, such as the type of institution the nature of the course, level, estimated number of hours required and the number of credits possible. Information is also needed on any quality assurance processes applied. Learning outcomes are then listed in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes. A detailed description is provided of the learning activities, what the learner is required to do and the percentage of time spent on each learning activity. An indication is provided of how pedagogically open the course is, from low (i.e. a linear didactic approach) through to high (i.e. there is a significant amount of freedom in terms of how the learner can work through the material). An indication is given of how the credit can be used.
Section 2 needs to be completed by the learner; this includes their name and contact details, as well as an indication of how they plan to use the credit. The learning activities that the learner has completed are listed, along with evidence of achievement of these. It is preferable if the evidence is available online and a URL provided to link to this.
Section 3 needs to be completed by the assessing/certifying institution. This is includes information on what type of institution along with a contact person. Information is then provided about the assessment and the learning outcomes assessed. Any quality assurance procedures for the assessment are described. The name of the certification awarded and the grade is given, along with an indication of what it is equivalent to. Also this certification is mapped to the qualification framework used in the institution. The level and descriptions of the grading scheme is described.
An example of a completed learning passport can be found here.