Can Coursera or Mozilla Foundation provide new methods of recognizing informal learning?

Despite the fact that the concept of ‘knowledge society’ is broadly adopted in our days, the management of knowledge, experiences, skills and capabilities is still something not necessarily easy to manage. Similarly the recognition of learning (assessment, accreditation, validation) can also become something extremely challenging, specially when the learning process occurs outside the structure of the formal education system (i.e. schools, higher education, e-learning, etc.).

Having said that international organizations such as: the EU (via Education and Training 2020), the OECD or UNESCO are constantly claiming for the need of new instruments and tools for a better recognition of non-formal and informal learning outcomes, as drivers of either mobility, migration or life long learning.

This presentation was given at the seminar: ‘New forms of provision in education’ in Barcelona (jointly organized by the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, GIPE), and it discusses to what extent initiatives such as the accreditation given by the the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) to some non-traditional courses offered in MOOC (Coursera) or the Open Badges (Mozilla Foundation) should be taken into account as alternatives mechanisms of knowledge recognition outside formal education.

* Delighted to see that the University of Washington and HASTAC will continue this discussion in the US.

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As the recently launched Oxis (2013) Internet is increasingly used as a platform for informal learning.