Live streamed lecture:

The time’s ripe for personalising learning

Policy development in lifelong learning since the 1970s (finally) moving to practice in learning


Second Session within the ESRALE course of Lectures on the 04.12.2015 at 14:00 (CET).

Ruud Duvekot describes and analyses international research and literature which focuses on the evolution of Validation of Prior Learning (VPL) in the contexts of a) policy on lifelong learning since the 1970s and b) policy on the concept of the learning society and the challenges it poses for learning systems, social-economic systems, and the nature and role of the citizen. He reflects that over recent decades one of the most intriguing features in lifelong learning policy-making has been a focus on the use of personalised competences, arguing that lifelong learning policies are slowly but surely prioritising these individual learning processes. This presentation provides a map of the policy journey towards the acknowledgement of the social and economic value of ‘personalised lifelong learning’ and the systematics of VPL.

Ruud Duvekot  ([email protected]) is since 1995 involved in policy (-making and -research) on lifelong learning strategies and the validation of non-formal and informal learning. He founded the “Kenniscentrum EVC”, the Dutch knowledgecentre on the Validation of Prior Learning (VPL).

He worked as (associate) professor ‘validation of prior learning’  at the Univeristy of Amsterdam of Applied Sciences and as ‘personailized learning’ at Inholland University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.  Currently he manages the Centre for Lifelong Learing servives (CL3S). He also chairs the foundation ‘European Centre Valuation Prior Learning’ ( for research and design of validation-applications and teh foundation ‘CH-Q NL/B’ ( for portfoliomanagement and -training.

Second Session within the ESRALE course of Lectures on the 04.12.2015 at 14:00 (CET). Direct Link to the online Classroom: (the actual Classroom will be open shortly before the sessions starts)
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