The 2nd VPL Biennale was hosted by VIA University College in Aarhus, Denmark on April 25-27, 2017. The aim was strengthening the platform for policy makers, practitioners, users, researchers and other stakeholders that are involved in further developing and implementing VPL-systematics and -processes.
The 2nd VPL Biennale focused on sharing information, knowledge, ideas and visions on VPL and about the creative process of learning from each other’s successes, problems and solutions in ‘the VPL-world’.2nd VPL Biennale – The Learner at the Centre
The central theme of the 2nd VPL Biennale focused on the alluring perspective of the integration of VPL in running processes and in systems of learning and working. It’s time for practising VPL.
The crucial question to be answered in this respect was how to further implement VPL as an effective method in lifelong learning perspectives, being able to integrate all citizens effectively and quality-assured into lifelong learning strategies at all levels and in all environments and contexts?
This question relates to priority areas in the practice of sectors, regions, organisations and citizens, related to enhancing lifelong learning perspectives and to fostering social and economic progress by:
- Integrating VPL in all learning levels and environments.
- Offering concrete and real learning opportunities to all citizens, with a special focus on underrepresented groups and non-traditional learners.
- Strengthening the levels of professionalism in VPL-functions to be able to cope with learner-driven and learning outcome-based lifelong learning.
The Biennale Committee 2017:
- Kirsten Aagaard, NVR – VIA University College, Denmark
- Antra Carlsen, Nordic network for Adult Learning (NVL)
- Madhu Singh, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
- Ruud Duvekot, European Centre Valuation Prior Learning, the Netherlands