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InnoVal (Innovative Assessment Methods for Validation) aims at identifying innovative and reliable assessment methods that can allow all learners to have a chance at validation, with a special focus on the needs of disadvantaged groups such as refugees and early school leavers. The use of alternative methods such as portfolios, declarative methods and simulations, is on the increase but remains limited. The partners (from Belgium, France, Greece and Portugal) believe that the use of standardised tests hinders learnersÕ take up in validation and represents one of the strongest obstacles to their development in Europe. InnoVal aims to foster a change in practices related to the assessment of non-formal and informal learning across Europe and across sectors.
For the certificates and qualifications issued by validation systems to be credible, assessment methods must be trustworthy. InnoVal intends to gather experience on innovative assessment methods from across Europe in order to determine which ones have proven to be successful. To help foster trust in these innovative methods, InnoVal intends to illustrate successful innovative assessment methods with best practices. By using new technologies the project provides a solution to many practitioners who have to implement validation mechanisms without always being prepared to do so. It will propose very concrete modules on how to deal with non-traditional publics, to implement alternative assessment methods, to ensure quality, to work with external experts and to be cost efficient. The project will therefore address the need for capacity building of assessors to ensure reliability of results and to overcome initial resistance.

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Type of Tool:

Dialogue or conversational methods , Declarative methods, Observations , Evidence extracted from work or other practice

Phases of Validations:

Identification, Documentation, Assessment

Areas of Interests:

Informal learning, Non-formal learning, Recognition, Self Assessment, Validation

VINA Target Group:

Validation institutions - Public, Validation institutions - Private, Planning validation / adults, Planning validation / institutions, Trainers / teachers supporting informal - non-formal learning

Definition of Tools:

A - Self Validation, B - Unofficial validation

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Tool Available in:

English, French, Greek, Portuguese

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