Preliminary Programme

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4th VPL Biennale in Reykjavík, Iceland
May 19th and 20th 2022 – Venue: Grand Hotel, Sigtún 28

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Conference agenda

Conference chair: Dr. Jón Torfi Jónasson, Professor emeritus at the University of Iceland

May 19th – starting at 9:00

WELCOME AND OPENING SPEECHES9:00 Dr. Jón Torfi Jónasson, conference chair

9:10 Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, minister of social affairs and the labour market

9:20 Hildur Betty Kristjánsdóttir, managing director at the Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC)

9:30 Jürgen Siebel, executive director at CEDEFOP

9:40 Mr. David Atchoarena, director Institute for LLL, UNESCO

9:50 Antra Carlsen, head coordinator, Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL)
COFFEE AND FRUIT10:00 – 10:30
VPL PRIZE CEREMONY10:30 PRIZE WINNERS AWARDED AND THEIR WORK PRESENTED
Ruud Duvekot, the European Centre Valuation Prior Learning
(EC-VPL)
KEYNOTES11:10 CEDEFOP: More then 20 years working on validation
Ernesto Villalba, experts at CEDEFOP

11:30 The development of „Credentials as you go“
Nan Travers, SUNY Empire State College, USA
CLOSING OF THE MORNING11:50 Introduction of workshops
LUNCH12:00 -13:00
WORKSHOPS13:00 – 14:20 and 15:00 – 16:20
Parallell workshops (before and after coffee break)
*Except for the Research strand
VPL AND WORKING LIFE
Yellow workshop
-Validation in working life in Sweden – a national approach through the BOSS project (ESF)
Pär Sellberg and Helén Björnsdotter, Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education

-Validation in VA, sanitation and recycling – an example from a sector participating in the BOSS project
Conny Larsson, Sobona

-Role of NGO’s in Assesment and Certification System in Turkey
Saygin Baban, Head of Industry Councils and Entrepreneurship Department at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and General Manager at TOBB MEYBEM Certification Center
VPL AND EDUCATION/ TRAINING
Red workshop
-Validation for inclusion of New Citizens of Europe (The VINCE project)
Francesca Uras, project manager at European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN) and Jean-Marie Filloque, Independent Expert, VPL and Lifelong Learning

-Microcredentials as a tool to recognise knowledge, skills and competences and support lifelong learning
Greta Kirdulyté, senior researcher at PPMI (European research and policy analysis centre)

-VPL as a lever for lifelong learning
Henning Salling Olesen, Professor at Roskilde University in Denmark
VPL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Green workshop
-The impact of RPL on career development, a Canadian perspective
Susan Forseille, PLAR Director at Thompson Rivers University

-AI aided tools for skills identification
Ulrich Scharf, managing director of SkillLab – career support
VPL AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
Blue workshop
-Guidelines for practitioners on VPL for migrants and refugees
Ms Marie Macauley, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Mr Ruud Duvekot, EC-VPL and Ms Deb Carr, Principal Consultant, Think About Learning

-Recommendations from the Upskilling pathways project led by EAEA
Gina Ebner, director for the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)
*RESEARCH STRAND

15:00-16:20
-Career guidance and social justice
Sanna Vehviläinen, University of Eastern Finland

-Individual perspective and access to VPL
Hildur Betty Kristjánsdóttir, Education and Training Service Centre and University of Iceland
Soffía Gísladóttir, University of Akureyri
QUALITY TOOL INTRODUCED16:45 Launching of the Quality compass – Anni Karttunen, senior specialist in educational policy, NVL/Globedu
CLOSING OF THE DAY16:55 Dr. Jón Torfi Jónasson
RECEPTION17:00 – 19:00 Light refreshments in Miðgarður at Grand hotel

May 20th starting at 8:30

SET UP OF THE DAY8:30 Dr. Jón Torfi Jónasson, conference chair
KEYNOTE8:40 A users voice – Jón Gnarr, Icelandic actor, comedian and politician
VPL PERSPECTIVES9:00 ILO perspectives on VPL – Pedro Morena da Fonseca, ILO

9:20 UNESCO perspective: Creating and embracing a culture of lifelong learning – Marie Macauley, UNESCO UIL

9:40 EU perspective on VPL – Koen Nomden, European Commission
COFFEE AND KLEINA10:00 – 10:30
KEYNOTES10:30 VPL in Latin America: Certification of labour skills of the Pacific Alliance
Gloria Arredondo – EUROsociAL and Programme and Igor Dedic – ChileValora/network of Pacific Alliance

10:45 Perspectives of VPL in Thailand
Ms Deb Carr, Principal consultant, Think About Learning and Ms Thunyamart Limugsorn, Thailand Professional Qualifications Institute (TPQI), International Project Coordinator

11:00 Research: State of the art
Timo Halttunen, University of Turku and Ruud Duvekot, the European Centre Valuation Prior Learning (EC-VPL)
PANEL DISCUSSIONS11:15 Integrating validation policies and practices – How can cooperation between labour market stakeholders, social partners and the world of education better support VPL for efficient transitions, re- and upskilling on the labour market?

Keynote: Labour market reforms in Sweden – what role will VPL play? – Anna Kahlson, the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education

Panellists:
Pedro Moreno da Fonseca, Technical Specialist on Lifelong Learning, SKILLS Branch, ILO

Ernesto Villalba-Garcia, Expert, European Center for the Development of Vocational Education and Training (Cedefop)

Gina Ebner, Secretary General of the European Association for the Education of Adults.

Þorsteinn Víglundsson, CEO for Hornsteinn company wihtin the building industry in Iceland

Moderator: Ida Thomson, consultant at Bättra konsult AB
LUNCH12:00 -13:00
WORKSHOPS13:00 – 14:20 and 15:00 – 16:20
Parallell workshops (the content before and after coffee break)
*Except for the Research strand
VPL AND WORKING LIFE
Yellow workshop
-VPL and the Irish retail employees
Dr. Oran Doherty, Retail Apprenticeship Manager Ibec

-VPL against job standards a model towards certification in Iceland
Haukur Harðarson, specialist at the ETSC and Guðfinna Harðardóttir on the case of Starfsmennt

-VPL for adults at work and job seekers, developments in Brazil
Mr Leonardo Lapa Pedreira, Manager of Basic Education at SESI, the Brazilian Industrial Social Services
VPL AND
EDUCATION
/TRAINING
Red workshop
-YH-flex: Validation in Higher Vocational Education
Anna Kahlson and Marcus Karlsson, Swedish National Agency for Higher Education

-VPL model in the certified trades at IÐAN in Iceland – success and challenges
Edda Jóhannesdóttir, head of guidance department and Hildur Elín Vignir, managing director at IÐAN LLL centre

-Guidelines for VPL in Norway
Camilla Alfsen, Directorate for HE and competence
VPL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Green workshop
-Framework for Career Management Skills (CMS) in Scotland
Sandra Cheyne, National CIAG Policy & Practice Lead at Skills Development Scotland

-Validation of transversal skills, the TRANSVAL project (KA3)
Dr. Maurice de Greef, researcher at Vrije University Brussels

-Folkbildning and validation in Finland, a model in development
Jaana Nuottanen, Executive Director, The Finnish Association of Adult Education Centres
VPL AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
Blue workshop
-VPL in voluntary work (ImproVal, EU project)
Eeva Jeronen, specialist at Sivis Study Centre in Finland

-The importance of guidance in validation processes
Bryndís Skarphéðinsdóttir, coordinator for the Network for adult guidance (Nordic network for adult learning – NVL)

-Validation of employability skills – „I never thought I had so much“
Steinunn Björk Jónatansdóttir, head of guidance division at MSS LLL centre

-VPL 5.0: a necessity in Society 5.0 and Industry 5.0
Kees Schuur, senior expert in LLL at European Centre Valuation Prior Learning (EC-VPL)
*RESEARCH STRAND

13:00-14:20
-Validation research in a Nordic perspective
Per Andersson, Linköping University

-Validation in VET teacher education curricula
Timo Halttunen, University of Turku in Finland
SUMMARY OF FEEDBACK ON CONFERENCE QUESTION16:40 Antra Carlsen, director for the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL)
CLOSING16:55 Dr. Jón Torfi Jónasson and Antra Carlsen