Where does AP(E)L fit in Higher Education?
Document; Irish Presidency Conference 8 March 2004, ‘Towards
2010 – Common Themes and Approaches Across Higher Education
and Vocational Education and Training in Europe’, Background
Research Paper February 2004, and Conference
Report April 2004, written by Cynthia Deane and Elizabeth Watters,
are available on http://www.nqai.ie/en/International/
Information on the Europass (a single framework for the transparency
of qualification and competences) Certificate Supplement and Diploma
Supplement, etc is available at http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/programmes/europass/index_en.html
OECD Review of Irish HE 2004, and the Michael Skilbeck Report 2001,
University Challenged: a review of international trends and issues
with particular reference to Ireland, Dublin; HEA and CHIU.
The Further Education Awards Council (FETAC)
established an RPL Technical Working Group in 2004; The Higher Education
Awards Council (HETAC) is currently in the process of re-defining
its procedures; the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has supported
both practice and research in AP(E)L : the university sector is
represented, together with the other HE sectors, on the National
Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) Advisory Group on Recognition
of Prior Learning 2004–2005.
The development of a coherent set of principles and national guidelines
for RPL is led by the NQAI representatives of the awarding bodies,
Trade Unions, Community Education and employers.
EUCEN European Universities Continuing Education Network; EAEA European
Association for the Education of Adults (Belgium); AEFP French National
Association for Adult Vocational Training; FIEEA International Federation
for Children and Youth Educative Exchange (France); SEFI Societe
Europeenne pour la Formation des Ingenieurs.
The Irish AP(E)L Network is an informal grouping of third-level
practitioners who are currently involved in planning and/or implementing
AP(E)L systems in their institutions. It was convened initially
on 20 February 1997 in the University of Ulster, with joint convenors
Sam Bailie and Celia O’Hagan. The current joint convenors
are Anne Murphy, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Geraldine Mernagh,
Waterford Institute of Technology. The Network seeks to research
and develop AP(E)L and to contribute to policy developments nationally
and internationally. The Network communicates through national seminars,
college-based seminars and working groups.
Available on http://www.valex-apel.com
AONTAS/Combat Poverty Agency/NOW report 1995, Can You Credit It?
implications of accreditation for learners and groups in the community
sector, written by Mary B. Kelly.