The variety of learning forms and modes opened new challenges for all parties involved in the assessment and recognition of learning: the learner, the institution as learning provider and the employer or other stakeholder recognising the learning results. Some learning forms and modes raise too many questions when all stakeholders need to agree about the validity of learning process and learning results. European learning providers want to find common denominators for the credentials issued for learners, as well as to review the credentials that are issued to update the discussion on what kind of data is relevant and should support the credential itself.

ECCOE quality criteria typology developed is already based on the European values of openness, transparency, flexibility of learning and aimed at broad scope of learning offers that are recognised and easily transferable, thanks to technology enabled solutions. Quality criteria for credential description will suggest consistent preparation for higher education institutions and other stakeholders to join and work in the ECCOE-System.