Validation is about making visible the knowledge and capabilities of an individual. Usually this knowledge is gained outside formal education and training and often it is overlooked and ignored. Validation is also about attributing value to the learning of individuals, irrespective of the context in which this learning took place. Going through validation helps a learner to “exchange” the outcomes of non-formal and informal learning for future learning or employment opportunities. The process must generate trust, notably by demonstrating that requirements of reliability, validity and quality assurance have been met.
The main goal of VINA project is to provide Individuals and Institutions easy access to open-source database of a wide range of validation tools, information and projects focused on informal and non-formal learning. Through international partnership we aim to exchange good practices and support people in Europe with a simple to use instrument, which opens opportunities to make their skills visible and clearly validated. Enabling effortless assessment of a knowledge and competences acquired through informal and non-formal learning, we respond to the Europe 2020 strategy targets by improving people competitiveness, promoting more equal society and supporting social mobility.
Within our database you can find information and tools around validation of informal and non formal learning. You can also find relevant EU past projects and their outcomes and connect with services and additional tools of European and international organizations. (link)
ROTA uses customised algorithms that combine statistical data from the database and provide useful results. It also uses additional statistical mechanisms that help to make conclusions about the most recommended tools, discover tendencies of the users throughout their selections and evaluations and help companies understand a few things about the persons that are interested in informal and non formal education (e.g. more and more are using mobile learning) (link)