NOISE Symposium: Promoting young Innovation, Creativity & Entrpreneurship through Non-formal Learning Paths #Noisesymp

Posted on: October 5, 2009

Noise festival are running a great event today in the Chinese Art Centre, Manchester, considering formal versus non-formal learning. I am inspired by the people and debate here. The issue of accrediting non-formal education was kicked off by Dan Buckley, Head of Personalisation at Cambridge Education. Dan talked about sending work to ‘experts who had been there and done that’ for accredition, rather than an examination board.

Accreditation seems to be about ticking boxes. A formal educational approach being applied to a non-formal process.

What seems more valuable than accreditation is ‘recognition’. Web 2.0 has opened up opportunities for recognition and ‘accreditation’ by a global network, by peers or by  ‘heroes’.  In areas such as technology, where young people may know more than some of their teachers, the group consider the real value of an accreditation certificate?

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