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

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - knows specific concepts related to the assessment of formal, non-formal and informal learning; - knows and understands theoretical and problematic aspects of formal, non-formal and informal learning assessment and competence certification; - knows the procedures and instruments related to the assessment of formal, non-formal and informal learning and to certification of competences; - knows the Italian and European regulations on recognition, validation and certification of non-formal and informal learning and their implications for personal, social and professional development; - is able to understand and interpret the results of evaluation research on the recognition, validation and certification of formal, non-formal and informal learning; - is able to design and implement procedures and instruments for the recognition and evaluation of formal, non-formal and informal learning; - is able to evaluate the quality of support actions for the recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning; - is able to analyse the competences useful to support self-management of their own professional development paths; - is able to use appropriate tools to monitor and improve their own learning processes; - is able to identify appropriate training tools and pathways for the development of their own cultural and specialist knowledge and professional skills.

Course contents

The themes and issues addressed during the course focus on evaluation and certification of formal, non-formal and informal learning. Particular attention will be given to the issues concerning: meanings, functions and uses of evaluation in education and training field; learning assessment procedures, tools and techniques; arrangements for the validation of competences acquired in different contexts (technical-professional skills but also key competences and transversal competences); instruments for the transparency of qualifications and competences, with a view to creating an European area of qualifications.

The course contents will be analyzed and discussed in relation to the developments in the international scientific debate and legislation in the European and Italian context.


  • Bisio C. (2002). Valutare in formazione. Azioni, significati e valori. Milano: Franco Angeli [pp. 78-128].
  • Pellerey M., Orio F. (2001). QPCC. Il questionario di percezione delle proprie competenze e convinzioni. Roma: Edizioni Lavoro.
  • Cedefop (2015). European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning. Luxembourg: Publications Office [available at link www.cedefop.europa.eu/files/3073_en.pdf].
  • Unesco (2012). Unesco guidelines for the recognition, validation and accreditation of the outcomes of non-formal and informal learning. Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning [available at link http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0021/002163/216360e.pdf].
  • ISFOL (2013). Validazione delle competenze da esperienza: approcci e pratiche in Italia e in Europa [available at link http://isfoloa.isfol.it/jspui/bitstream/123456789/1398/1/Isfol_FSE181.pdf].
  • Resources available on the e-learning platform (regulations included).

Teaching methods

The course is organized and delivered in blended mode: face-to-face classroom methods (interactive lectures, group work, discussions) are combined with remote online activities mediated by the Moodle platform (http://elearning-cds.unibo.it).

Student registration on the Moodle platform will be done by the teacher at the beginning of the course. Non-attending students are requested to contact the teacher writing a mail to alessandra.rosa3@unibo.it.

Assessment methods

Oral examination on the readings indicated in the bibliography, on the resources included in the platform and on the online activities carried out within the course.

Teaching tools

Slides, printed materials and documents, videos, websites, Moodle platform.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandra Rosa