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Validation of informal ICT competence
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1194-9708
2006 (English)In: NERA Congress,2006, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Using information and communication technology (ICT) is part of the daily life of many people today. This means that a lot of competence in handling ICT is developed through informal learning, without any formal or non-formal training. ICT competence is also a common requirement in the labour market, something that is asked for when new positions are advertised. But those who have learnt informally have no documentation of their competence, and consequently it might be difficult for them to claim this competence, for example when applying for a job. This is a main argument for the development of validation (recognition/accreditation) of ICT competence among those lacking the formal documentation of their competence. This paper presents a study of the practice of ICT validation. The design of the validation process is described, and a number of critical issues are discussed. One problem is that this validation initiative is situated in the framework of formal ICT training on upper secondary school level. This means that, even if specific assessment methods were used, the classification of knowledge and the criteria for assessment were those used in formal training. Thus there is a risk of excluding competence not included in the formal framework.

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validation, recognition of prior learning, ICT, validering
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-33075Local ID: 19043OAI: diva2:253898
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2014-10-08

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