A group of Belgian (Flemish) stakeholders travelled to Iceland to learn more about Validation of Prior Learning (VPL). Thanks to the efforts of the National Support Services of EPALE and Euroguidance in Iceland the participants of the study visit had a more than filled and interesting programme for the 3 days of their study visit. On the third day the participants visited the Lifelong Learning Centre in Reykjanes.
Participants of the study visit to Iceland
Nathalie Druine from the Department of Education and Training in Flanders. She is responsible for the implementation of VPL in Flanders.
Ariane Rober from the Department of Work and a member of the Flemish Upskilling Pathways steering group.
Monique De Ridder, pedagogical advisor and member of the Upskilling Pathways steering group.
Inés Neefs from the Department of Education and Training and involved in the Erasmus+ VISKA project (Visible Skills of Adults)
Karine Nicolay, EPALE coordinator in Flanders/Belgium.
Programme of the study visit
Day 1 – 24 September 2019
Visit to Rannís. Welcome by the Director of Erasmus+ and Head of Division at Rannís, Mr. Ágúst H. Ingthórsson. Meeting with Margrét Sverrisdóttir, coordination of Adult Education at Rannís and Project Manager for EPALE and Dóra Stefánsdóttir, coordinator for Euroguidance.
Visit to the Education and Training Service Centre. Meeting with Director Sveinn Adalsteinsson.
Visit to Mímir símenntun. Meeting with Bryndís Bessadóttir, project manager.
Day 2 – 25 September 2019 -
Visit to IDAN Educational Centre. Meeting with Helen Gray, Development manager.
Visit to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Meeting with Hulda Anna Arnjótsdóttir, expert in adult education/national coordinator for adult education.
Visit to Directorate of Labour. Meeting with Ásdís Gudmundsdóttir.
Day 3 – 26 September 2019 - Find and impression about this day lower on this page.
Visit to the Lifelong Learning Centre in Reykjanes. Meeting with Gudjónína Sæmundardóttir, director.
An impression about the third day of the visit to Iceland.
Visiting the lifelong learning center MSS at Reykjanes. From left to right: Inès Neefs, Monique Deridder, Karine Nicolay, Ariane Rober and director Gudjónína Sæmundardóttir.
MSS is part of Kvasir, the umbrella organisation of all the lifelong learning centers in Iceland. They meet twice a year, but are all independent organisations. Target group of MSS is people without formal education. There are also some courses for other people and they also provide services to companies, mainly for those who employ people without formal education. Most important is that the center listens to what is happening in society and adapts to the circumstances. If there is much unemployment, they offer more courses for the unemployed. This makes the center very flexible. MSS works with freelance teachers who usually have short-term contracts.
Ms Áslaug Bára Loftsdóttir introduced us to the system of online, blended and flipped learning that is used in the center. They use Learning Glass, a powerful tool for video presentations that enables students, colleagues, training participants to learn from their teachers as if they were in the same room. There is no new technology for instructors to master, they simply write on the glass as if they were using a whiteboard.
Lifelong learning center MSS at Reykjanes has a very-well equipped studio with 'Learning Glass' where teachers and students can make recordings for their teaching or learning! The studio is the result of participating in a European project about blended learning.
Here you can find the slides of the visit to MSS
Read more about the study visit in general.
Read more about the first day of the study visit.
Read more about the second day of the study visit.