Quality care, self-evaluation and validation of learning outcomes in formal and non-formal adult learning
The SEALLL/LEVEL5 team organises a Grundtvig course on self-evaluation and validation in formal and non formal adult education in Ancona, Italy from 8 – 13 October 2012. The course is based on the approach, methods and material created during two GRUNDTVIG multilateral projects: SEALLL and VIP. Manuals and guidelines are available on the project websites.
The SEALLL/LEVEL5 course wants to offer self-evaluation as a tool for organisational learning and help formal and non-formal adult education organisations set up their own self-evaluation processes. It also wants to introduce validation of personal and social competences in adult learning as a valuable tool for empowerment of adult learners.
A variety of working methods will be used. Participants will be asked to present their own research questions. In international groups self-evaluation and validation processes will be created based on the research fields and competences introduced by the participants themselves. The formats for these processes are available on the project websites.
SEALLL is NOT another suite of ready-made evaluation instruments with indicators to check and boxes to tick. SEALLL focuses on self-evaluation as a learning process and the partnership is convinced that a culture of self-evaluation and ownership of processes and outcomes are vital for an evaluation process to have a chance to lead to change. Therefore a bottom-up approach and guiding the 'initiators' in the process of conducting their own evaluation is the lead motive of SEALLL.
The SEALLL partnership sees self-evaluation as an evaluation process that is self-initiated, internally organised and self-regulated. It should aim at the professionalisation of decision-making, and improving the realisation of the organisation's own objectives and the quality of its education.
The kernel of the LEVEL5 approach is a model to assess evidence and validate the cognitive, activity related and affective elements of competence development of learners in informal and non-formal learning contexts. The LEVEL5 evaluation procedure is on the one hand standardised but enables at the same time grass-root projects to establish an individualised reference system for assessing and evidencing relevant competence development of their beneficiaries in a process-orientated way.
The SEALLL/LEVEL5 course is an official course in the Grundtvig training database. Teachers, head teachers, teacher trainers, inspectors and other staff members in formal and non-formal adult education can apply for a Grundtvig mobility grant to go to this course.
How to apply for a Grundtvig grant
- Go to the website of your National Agency and download the grant application form for the Grundtvig In-Service Training action )
- Access the Grundtvig Training Database: (https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/llp/istcoursedatabase/ ) and go to the course description via the ref. number: BE-2012-228-001
- Apply for a pre-registration form with email@example.com
- Fill in the application form using the conference details and add your motivation for joining the course
- Send the application form (signed) AND the pre-registration form to your National Agency BEFORE the deadline: 30 April 2012.
Monday 8 October:
Arrival, getting to know each other
Workshop: self-evaluation and validation language defined: setting the terminology straight.
Tuesday 9 October
Presentation/input: The concept of SE as defined and elaborated in the SEALLL project
Group discussion: the meaning of SE for my work/field
Workshop: What does it take to make SE happen? Features of the SE – process
Work in small groups identifying research questions relevant for one’s own work.
Presentation/input: SE competences
Evaluation day 1.
Wednesday 10 October
Input/ presentation: The SEALLL format: how to use this for developing a SE project?
Input: The SEALLL guidelines.
Work in small groups: Developing an own SE project.
Workshop: Tools and instruments for SE (practical exercises, interviews, interactive methods)
Work in small groups: Developing an own SE project.
Evaluation day 2
Thursday 11 October
Presentation: Competences and competence development
Presentation: Key competences for the adult education professional
Presentation: Validation of learning outcomes: the LEVEL 5 tool
Workshop: Using and applying a reference system for evidencing personal and social competence development with LEVEL5
Collecting and displaying topics in LEVEL5
Workshop: setting up an inventory of competences for each case
Evaluation day 3
Friday 12 October
Work in small groups: Creating a new reference system for evidencing personal and social competence developments with LEVEL 5
Work in small groups: Pursuing your own questions further, strategies for implementation,
Applying new knowledge to own project in small groups.
Evaluation day 4
Saturday 13 October
Presentation/Input: Organising SE as a social process:
suggestions and recommendations for implementation
Action planning & transfer
Evaluation of the programme, the delivery, the learning outcomes
Guy Tilkin (BE), Tim Scholze (DE), Sabine Wiemann (DE), Jaap Van Lakerveld (NL), Christa Bauer (AT) and Kylene De Angelis (IT)