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Validation and OER

EU policy-makers are focusing on how to validate OER, especially in light of the 2013 communication on opening up education, which states that validation should address the challenges linked to the emergence of OER. 

Up to now it has been virtually impossible to acquire formal recognition for learning achieved by OER, hence almost no credits are given for learning acquired through OER, in contrast to ‘‘formal education’’ or distance learning courses.

Nonetheless it is possible to establish links between OER and validation. The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training published a Thematic Report on Validation concerning OER mentions four types of example. These are listed below:


List of open resources and materials that can give individuals awareness of their knowledge, skills and competences, prevalent standards, level of competence and gaps in their knowledge, skills and competences.


OER may support documentation and non-formal learning by means of reference to course material.


OER may be linked to various forms of assessment, from self to peer and institutional assessment.


OER may lead to certification entitling individuals to certain rights: for example, it may have a labour market value or value in the education system (e.g. a value for course entry, waiving the requirements to complete elements of courses or the award of full qualifications).

Last modified: Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 4:15 PM