VINA aims at raising the indicator of recognizability of adults competences acquired through non-formal and informal education.|

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Database of Instruments for Validating Informal and Non-Formal Learning

The Database will be an innovative repository of recognition tools applicable in INF and NFL. However, the goal is not about repeating information available in different databases. The focus will be put on selecting, evaluating, aggregating and describing practical tools with the use of additional meta tags, that will support and simplify the process of exploring
the database, ensuring good quality searches, at the same time. It will:
– gather the tools;
– collect the instruments developed not only as a result of projects funded by the EU, but also the ones developed by local organizations, independent experts, enthusiasts, etc.,
– make a qualitative evaluation of the collected tools and provide recommendations for users;
– provide users with the possibility to comment and evaluate collected tools, as well as to add a new instrument and create recommendations.

Recognition Opportunities Tendency Analyzer (R.O.T.A.)

It will be a specially designed and developed module, that by utilising Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining mechanisms will deliver a separate presentation layer for visitors.
The Analyzer will gather anonymous data recorded by the Database (O1) containing information required to build a behavioural model of people using the Database, providing properly matched and coherent sets of data. There are going to be simple measures taken into account, like the most frequently searched learning recognition tools, with possible country division. However, the Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining mechanisms will also provide more exhaustive and meaningfull information.
The R.O.T.A. will be able to present cross-searching matches (specifying any correlation observed between searching for validation instruments from different areas), and to provide a throughout analysis of these data, by presenting previsions and trends if possible.The overall aim of this Output is to provide its visitors with easy to understand tendencies analysis, that will help in discovering and understanding behavioural patterns when it comes to validation tools usage in different areas.

VINA Database will make a qualitative evaluation of the collected tools and provide useful recommendations for users. The result will be a set of recommendations which will indicate quality assessment and rank of tool and the recommendation regarding the scope of learning that can be validated by particular tool. By specialising in this way, it will allow the users to focus at the subject they are interested in and to connect more easily to others who are working in the same field. As an additional facility the database will allow users to add new tools. At the same time, this sharing of information with other users will create a Europe-wide network.
Innovative features of the Database can also be found in fact that: Collection of interesting statistical data that will give an overview of which sectors of European economy have advantage over the others in terms of validation of non-formal and informal learning process (O2). Ability to INF and NFL resources through taking advantage of current publicly accessible databases, and therefore providing a single point of reference for past and current validation initiatives scattered across European countries.