New publication: Promoting online training opportunities for the workforce in Europe

This document is the interim report for the new European initiative on “Promoting Online Training Opportunities for the Workforce in Europe” (2017-2019) and has been prepared for the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission. This work is carried out by PwC, EDEN (the European Distance and E-learning Network) and Espace Mendès France. It presents the key findings Read more…

My quest for recognition

A personal story from Patrice Petitqueux about why he turned towards Open Recognition. I belong to this category of people whose career and educational path is rather atypical and far from a straight line! I belong to this category of people who like to construct themselves through experiences and encounters […]

Open Recognition Challenges

“How do we make Open Recognition Visible and Actionable? Do not overcomplicate!” On Wednesday 24 October the ePIC 2018 started. It is the 16th annual international conference on Recognition, Trust and Identity. The conference is hold at the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) in Paris. The CRI experiments and […]

Living multiple lives

Flying and music are the pillars of Samuli Kovanen’s life. Through adult learning, he lives both the pilot’s and the musician’s life. This short documentary is a part of video series “Live&Learn”, telling the stories o…

Paul Valéry on Diplomas and the Baccalaureate

Excerpt from Le bilan de l’intelligence (1935)

I never hesitate to declare that the diploma is the mortal enemy of culture. The more important diplomas have become in life (and this importance has only increased because of economic circumstances), the lower the performance of education has been. The more control was exercised and extended, the worse the results became.

Bad for its effects on the public mind and on the mind itself. Bad because it creates hopes, illusions of acquired rights. Bad by all the tricks and subterfuges it suggests; the recommendations, the strategic preparations, and, in short, the use of all expedients to cross the dreaded threshold. This, it must be confessed, is a strange and detestable initiation of intellectual and civic life.

Moreover, if I rely on experience alone and if I look at the effects of control in general, I find that control, in all matters, results in vitiating the action, in perverting it… I have already told you: as soon as an action is subjected to control, the deep purpose of the one who acts is no longer the action itself, but designing the forecast of the control, the defeat of the means of control. The control of studies is just a special instance and a striking demonstration of this very general observation. (more…)

Open Badges for building a learning territory in Normandy

Badgeons la Normandie (Let’s Badge Normandy) is a network of institutions, associations and organisations working in education and training, employment and social integration. They are exploring the power of Open Badges for building a learning territory:  developing, recognising, valorising and connecting the talents of Normans. For the open recognition week, […]

Open badges: light and agile or robust and formal?

On Monday 10 September, Dominic Orr represented MIRVA-member FiBS at a German-speaking workshop looking at the role and design of digital certificates, with a particular focus on the application of open badges. The workshop took place at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, and was attended by a group of 15 […]