First international Open badge night

The very first international Open Badge night is jointly organized by the Association Reconnaitre – ORA, the Ligue de l’enseignement and Let’s Hub, on March 20th between 18:00 and 00:00 CET. This event wants to be a great moment of communication and acculturation to these new instruments at the service of recognition. It is also a matter of taking advantage of this moment to update the mapping of Open Badges projects that are starting or Read more…

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…)