30996 - Evaluation of Formal and Non-Formal Learning and Skills Certification

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Academic Year 2013/2014

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will:

  • know the specific concepts related to the assessment issues and certification of competences;
  • know specific tools related to the assessment practices and certification of competences;
  • know the laws/norms which regulate the certification and the recognition of learning processes in Italy and in several European countries.
Furthermore students will be able to:
  • understand and interpret the results of the assessment researches related to the recognition and certification of formal and non-formal learning;
  • monitor and assess formal and non-formal learning;
  • analyse the competences useful to support self-management of their own professional development paths;
  • use those tools suitable and relevant to monitor their own learning, reflect on the learning process, start a review process of their own learning  (also benefitting from the peer group's feedback);
  • individuate those tools and training paths which are adequate to the development of their own cultural and specialised knowledge and professional competences.

Course contents

The purposes, the “objects”, the tools and the procedures for the assessment of learning, recognition and certification of competences and the related Italian and European regulations will be the topics of the study. In-depth examination of the e-Portfolio tools will be carried out within the course and the e-Portfolio will be used in order to support learning and professional development.


Mandatory reading:

Instructions on how to access the platform will be given during an ad-hoc meeting at the beginning of the course.

Teaching methods

Blended learning: face to face lessons together with group work activities to be carried out both at the presence and during online sessions, partecipation in the course forum, realization of a learning diary and design of an e-Portfolio.

Assessment methods

During both the course and the online activities, formative assessment activities will be carried out. The formative assessment activities (mainly consisting of online  feedbacks) aim to self- and hetero-regulation of the learning process by peers, tutor and the teacher.

The summative assessment and evaluation will be based on the analysis of the contributions given and the materials developed during the online activities, then on the basis of an oral exam based about the mandatory reading and the work conducted during the course (at individual and group level).

Teaching tools

At the beginning of the course students will be given detailed instructions about how activities will be carried out and how the materials will be used in order to support the learning process. Part of the course will be delivered by means of Moodle platform.

Links to further information


Office hours

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