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

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  • Teacher Alessandra Rosa

  • Credits 8

  • SSD M-PED/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Science Of Lifelong Educational Processes (cod. 8780)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

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 are focused on the assessment and certification of formal, non-formal and informal learning. Particular attention will be given to the topics concerning: meanings, functions and uses of evaluation in educational and training field; learning assessment procedures, tools and techniques; procedures for the validation of competences acquired in different learning contexts; instruments for the transparency of qualifications and competences, with a view to creating a 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.


Compulsory readings both for attending and non-attending students:

  • Bisio C. (ed.) (2002). Valutare in formazione. Azioni, significati e valori. Milano: Franco Angeli [pp. 78-128].
  • Reggio P., Righetti E. (eds.) (2013). L’esperienza valida. Teorie e pratiche per riconoscere e valutare le competenze. Roma: Carocci.
  • Cedefop (2015). European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union [available at link www.cedefop.europa.eu/files/3073_en.pdf].
  • Teaching materials (including legislation) available on the course platform (see below under "Teaching tools").

A partially different program can be agreed with the teacher for Erasmus students who have included the course in their learning agreement.

Teaching methods

Lectures, group work and discussions, analysis of authentic materials, expert interventions.

Assessment methods

Oral examination on the texts indicated in the bibliography and on the teaching materials available on the platform.

Teaching tools

Slides, authentic materials, websites, course platform.

Student registration on the platform (accessible at the link https://virtuale.unibo.it/) 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.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandra Rosa