And the award goes to …

award ceremony collageLife is beautiful – this was the motto of the second European VITA award launched in the framework of the PROVIDE project.  The European Award looked for innovative projects and activities in all educational fields that promote the development of social, personal and organisational competences in an innovative way and include practical cases or at least ideas on how learning outcomes and competence developments can be assessed and evidenced also beyond the walls of formal education.

The award was launched in June 2015 and open for submissions until mid-August. Despite the summer holiday period – always quiet time in terms of European activities – more than 30 informal learning projects were submitted.

And the award goes to…

An international jury composed by three European educational experts evaluated the projects according to the following criteria:

  • Innovation: Original solutions to non-formal and informal learning problems and needs;
  • Validation: The way learning outcomes are assessed and evidenced;
  • Impact: Potential and actual effect on participants, learning context and the society in general;
  • Sustainability: Continuation of this innovation;
  • Transferability: Potential use of the innovation in other contexts.

The jury had a difficult choice as almost all projects complied with the evaluation criteria. However, eight projects stood out. These are:

  • TALOE – Time to Assess Learning Outcomes in E-learning, represented by Teresa Correia, UPORTO, Portugal
  • Conceptual basis for the development of a learning portal for teachers in adult education, represented by Carmen Biel, Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung, Germany
  • KOMKOM – Competency Amelioration through Competency Assessment, represented by Karoline Kreimer-Hartermann, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Time4YourTalent, represented by Marijke Brants, Trendhuis, Belgium
  • Wanderjahr / Wander year, represented by Martin Skowronek and Gerhard Heinrich, LEB e.V., Germany
  • The Presteigne and Norton Zero Waste Service, represented by Colin Keyse, Cwm Harry Land Trust, Wales, UK
  • Team training for students of Occupational Therapy, represented by Marcel Suchier, Ergotherapieschule Lippoldsberg, Germany
  • THREE C Project – Circular Fashion, represented by Esther Peeters and Vicky Leemans, Vrije Sint-Lambertusscholen, Belgium:

The eight winners were invited to present their project at the final conference of the PROVIDE conference which was held on September 17th and 18th in Belgium with an international audience of 70 experts from 15 EU member states.

Further information on the conference proceedings, the award winning projects and more pictures will be published soon on this website.