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6th partner meeting in Paris

The ECCOE project recently held the ‘final’ face to face partner meeting on May 3rd and 4rd in Paris. Rather than wait until the end of the project for such a meeting, we decided to organise it in quick succession after the Madrid meeting to build on the dynamics and fine tune the last actions before the project comes to an end in August 2022.

The meeting was hosted by AUNEGe, the project coordinator, in our offices just off the Champs Elysée. The weather was kind to us, and partners enjoyed the “Paris in Springtime” experience, as well as concentrating hard on the tasks at hand. After the traditional budget and spending overview, we set ourselves down to identify the added value we could bring to each of our promised outputs, and also refined our quarterly planning to ensure that no task, however small, gets forgotten in these final months of the project.

The most satisfying activity (apart from the project dinner!) was the ‘Shut Up and Write’ session to work on our series of ‘How to’ guides. These will soon be integrated in the ECCOE-system and will help different stakeholders understand not only how the different ECCOE outputs can be implemented, but also the wider issues around digital micro-credentialing. Look out for the announcement of their publication shortly!

Even though this will sadly be the last time we see each other face to face as part of the ECCOE project, our online meetings continue, as do our asynchronous communication and collaboration, and our outreach activities such as Multiplier Events and conference presentations. Busy times ahead, but with much satisfaction in contributing, as we are doing, to taking forward the field of digital micro-credentialing in Europe.

5th Consortium project meeting in Madrid

On the 28th and 29th of March the partners met up for the fifth meeting of the ECCOE project. It was hosted by UNED, in Madrid, and it took place in the Central Library of the main campus of the university, which has a fantastic view of the city!

This meeting was a welcome opportunity for partners to meet face to face for only the third time since the beginning of the project due to the COVID mobility restrictions. Even with the monthly online meetings, and all the hard work being done remotely in the project, face-to-face meetings are crucial to move on with the project and make strategic decisions. This particular meeting was key in order to set the final specific tasks until the end of the project. 

During the day and a half-long meeting, the following issues were discussed and achieved: 

  • Identifying the results of every output for use in written reports to be uploaded to the project website. 
  • Restructuring the ECCOE website in order to include a specific space for the ECCOE-System and the ECCOE network, with institutions on how to join. 
  • Revising the project quality: impact indicators, sustainability plan, dissemination plans, etc. 
  • Finalising the concrete details of the interconnection of all outputs in the ECCOE System and the final tasks needed to achieve this goal. 
  • Revising and finalising plans for future events: final meeting in Paris, multiplier events in Spain and Italy.

We had also a fabulous time on the Monday evening in a lovely restaurant serving a mixture of traditional and modern Spanish cuisine. 

After this fruitful meeting, the consortium felt even more confident about the successful completion of the project. 

We would especially like to thank all partners for coming in person to Madrid and giving all their intellectual effort and positive energy during the meeting. 

Beatriz Sedano and Timothy Read

Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia 

ECCOE at the eLearning for Human Capacity Development conference

27 January 2022 8:30-10:30 CET

In the frame of the eLearning for Human Capacity Development conference held on 24-27 Jan 2022 a workshop session, titled Micro-Credentials featured a presentation of the ECCOE use case on how to facilitate recognition of micro-credentials.

This workshop, delivered by KIC Senior Partner Anthony Camilleri, with the contributions of Henri Pirkkalainen (Associate Professor at Tampere University and representative of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities) and Ildiko Mazar (representing the ECCOE project), has introduced participants to the fundamentals of micro-credentials, definitions, the rationale for micro-credentials, types, and developing competency and skill-based eLearning micro-credentials based on national and international frameworks.

The session was attended by over 450 participants who were presented with case studies, (click here to download the ECCOE presentation), and relevant examples from a global perspective and guide them in the national context.