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ELD (Experience, Learning, Development) Project

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ELD (Experience, Learning, Development) Project

ELD (Experience, Learning, Development) Project

The ELD project was developed by the Swedish Centre for International Youth Exchange (CIU), a national third sector organisation in Sweden. The project was carried out between 2005 and 2010. The project has resulted in the development of an instrument for the recognition of informal and non-formal learning. An organisation that wants to use ELD must train ELD-facilitators and CIU offers one-day training courses for this purpose. The ELD-facilitators carry out the ELD process with the participants. The portfolio method is used to assess the participants: the ELD (experience, learning, description) is a portfolio process that is used for the recognition of competence. ELD is used during a set timeframe, for example during a specific project. The basis of ELD is the participant’s description of situations that occurred during a project. Therefore, the participant records their experiences by keeping a journal, a blog, photos, a scrapbook or in any other way. The documentation always contains suggestions on skills, knowledge and/or attitudes that were demonstrated during the situation. The participant regularly meets up with an ELD-trained facilitator to discuss the documented situations. For these sessions CIU has created a Template of Conversation with a number of questions. Other practices of self-assessment and feedback may also be added to the ELD-process. CIU also offers a List of Competences in order to inspire the ELD-users. A standardised “Letter of Competence” completes the ELD. The participant chooses up to five situations that occurred during the project (and discussed in ELD-sessions with facilitator). Those five situations are specified examples of when the participant used certain competences.

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Type of Tool:

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

Phases of Validations:

Identification, Documentation, Assessment

Areas of Interests:

Certification, ICT, Informal learning, Language skills, Lifelong learning, Mobility, Practical skills, Problem solving, Recognition, Self Assessment, Soft skills, Transfer of competences, Transversal Skills, Validation

VINA Target Group:

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

Definition of Tools:

A - Self Validation, C - Official Validation

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