Why Do We Need a Book on ‘Open Learning and Credentialing’?

Academics, bloggers and Tweeters have been buzzing with questions about the future of higher education now that open education resources (MOOCs), badges and microcredentials have come out to play. Commentators have argued about whether or not MOOCs should be given credit, but the question of ‘credit’ fits within a wider question about the relationships that might be possible between a learner’s lifelong and lifewide learning, and formal credentials.

Internationally, policy makers; tertiary educators, designers and learners have been crafting a range of possible solutions that could be called Recognition Practices. This Book aims to explore these emerging Recognition Practices.  In addition, advocates of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) and Valuing Prior Learning (VPL) are responding to open learning in a digital age in new ways. This Book hopes to bring together these emerging developments. See the presentation below to find out more.

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