VPL Biennale, Berlin 7-8 May 2019 – 250 participants registered – Waiting list opened!

Already 250 participants from 23 different countries are registered for the 3rd VPL Biennale. Three weeks before the deadline, we are amazed at the strong turnout.

To allow as many people as possible from the VPL community to join us, we will set up a livestream from the Plenary to a neighbouring room. We are therefore pleased to announce 50 more tickets! Seating will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To secure one of the few remaining tickets, please sign up to our waiting list at www.vplbiennale.org/register.

Participants will get to hear keynote speeches by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, and Prof. Dr. R. Alexander Lorz, President of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs in Germany. We will draft the Berlin Declaration on Validation of Prior Learning and discover best practices from around the world.

Please note: if you have registered for the Biennale but have not yet reserved your accommodation, we recommend the InterCity Hotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Quote "VPL Biennale 2019" when booking to get a rate of €95 incl. breakfast, subject to availability. Book now before it is too late!
Spotlight on Track 5 – Post-Validation Pathways

The value of VPL results on the job market and to education providers determines the success of a VPL system. VPL results must facilitate an individual’s mobility, opening up pathways which were previously closed off. Below is a snapshot of two of the case studies which will feature at the Biennale.
Developing capable, independent adult learners for success in work and life

Today’s young people face a future that will require them to be skilled, independent learners, regardless of the careers they choose. While it remains important to develop key academic skills and knowledge, we know that success in a rapidly changing world will also demand a capacity and desire for lifelong learning. The Institute for Personalized Learning, USA is dedicated to meeting the challenge of nurturing powerful learners, who have the capacity and drive to learn for life. Dr. James Rickabaugh will, in this session, address the underlying theory and research supporting this approach and feature examples of personalized, learner-centered practices. He will discuss the implications of a redesigned learning ecosystem that develops the capacity of all young people to learn without always having to depend on formal structures and professional instruction.
Benefits of an online portal and its role in enabling both RPL itself as well as progression post-RPL

VPL is often a tool for the empowerment of disadvantaged workers. But they are frequently unable to access VPL in a country like South Africa due to various factors such as proximity to a VPL provider, cost of VPL and language. Dr. Karen Deller will explain how the conundrum of access has been solved in the banking sector through the launch of an online VPL portal. Furthermore, following VPL, the portal feeds into various post VPL pathways including learning, career support, guidance and work opportunities. We will explore the feasibility of an online/digital solution to post-VPL pathways given that many may be excluded from this due to lack of WIFI access or digital literacy.
Click here for a preview of the conference speakers https://vplbiennale.org/presentations/
Dr. Ruud Duvecot from the European Centre for Valuation Prior Learning (EC-VPL) gives an overview of his track ‘Post-Validation Pathways’.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz8L47kqIkE

To sign up to the waiting list for a potential later registration go to: www.vplbiennale.org/register

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