CedefopCedefop is organising a conference on the on-going shift to learning outcomes across European education and training systems. The wide range of stakeholders currently involved in the shift to learning outcomes will look in detail at the most recent developments and will discuss the benefits and the problems/challenges of: • Learning outcomes as a prerequisite for flexible (lifelong) learning; • Governance through learning outcomes; • The learning outcomes and teaching and training. The agenda and information for registration will be posted on Cedefop’s website and social media shortly.

This Cedefop conference addresses the ongoing shift to learning outcomes across European education and training systems. National systems are currently redefining standards and curricula, and reorienting teaching and assessment practices. In parallel, more and more countries are setting up systems for the validation of non-formal and informal learning. In light of recent developments, learning outcomes are more important than learning duration and location. Moreover, European initiatives such as the European qualifications framework (EQF) or the European credit system for vocational education and training (ECVET), which aim to increase transparency and comparability of qualifications, are also based on learning outcomes.
To many, this shift is an opportunity to create education and training systems better able to support lifelong learning, and promote a learning culture closer to the needs of the individual. Others, however, view this approach as problematic: they criticise it as overly bureaucratic, favouring standardisation over diversity and individual choice.

The aim of the conference is to:

• take stock of European learning outcome developments during the past decade;
• discuss how the shift to learning outcomes affects policies and practices in education and training.

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