The final conference for the Recognition of Prior Learning in Practice (RPLip) project took place on 16 March, 2021. Don't worry if you missed it - here you can find links to videos from the conference as well as other RPLip materials.

What was the Recognition of Prior Learning in Higher Education conference about?

Validation (RPL) practitioners working in teaching, learning, research, policy or management and individuals working at a higher education institution, ministry, national agency or quality assurance agency were invited to participate in the EPLip project conference.

Project participants discussed what they'd learned about the successful implementation of RPL in higher education. Among other things, the programme focused on:

  • going beyond your role as an individual champion in promoting a strategic, connected and committed institution
  • creating a validation-friendly system, from learning outcomes to guidelines and procedures that build on transparent phases - all through identification, documentation and assessment
  • enabling effective peer learning

Across Europe, HEIs are focused on contributing to life-long learning in service to their communities and regions. As a part of European, national, and institutional responses, RPL is an essential tool that meets the needs of citizens by supporting flexible learning paths.

Nobody should be required to study something they already know!


Report: “Recognition of Prior Learning in Practice. Putting policies to work – experiences from two years of p eer learning” (PDF)

Don't miss the conference recordings!

Most of the conference was recorded. If you missed it and are interested in listening to what was discussed, please view the conference videos available on Youtube.

Introduction and main conclusions of the project, Anders Ahlstrand

Current status of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), David Crosier

Firm foundations for RPL practices – institutional commitment, Irene Sheridan

Firm foundations for RPL practices, Susanna Björklund

Firm foundations for RPL practices, institutional example 2, Ann Toebes

Present and future perspectives on RPL, Panel discussion moderated by Michal Karpíšek

Sum-up and goodbye, Anders Ahlstrand

Conference presentations

Main conference presentation - Anders Ahlstrand

Programme Design, Learning Outcomes, Qualifications Framework and RPL - Ann Toebes

Current status of RPL: What progress have we made in the EHEA? - David Crosier

Firm foundations for RPL practices: Institutional Commitment - Irene Sheridan

Recognition of Prior Learning: the example of Professional Social Workers - Susanna Björklund


The conference had a full day of activities with an array of guest speakers. 

Download the conference programme

Materials reviewed before the conference

The conference committee put together materials for conference participants to familiarise themselves with before they got together on 16 March. The information provided background for the presentations and group discussions. These can be interesting for anyone interested in recognition of prior learning.

Project survey on RPL

The project ran a survey in 2019-2020 which mapped HEIs' experience and views on the recognition of informal and non-formal learning. The results will be used to provide a solid basis for further discussions and learning.

Download the survey results

Self-assessment template

The project developed a template for HEIs designed for the self-assessment of an institution’s own RPL practice. It can also be used as a starting point for focused discussion about RPL within the institution. The template will serve as a basis for the group discussions during the conference so we suggest you review it before we meet on 16 March.

Download the self-assessment template 

View previous webinars

The project previously organised two short webinars focusing on different aspects of validation in higher education. If you're planning on attending the conference, we recommend that you view the materials from the webinars. The presentations and recordings are available here at the project website. 

Access presentations and recordings for "Why RPL?" and "How RPL" at the project activities page

What do project participants have to say about RPL?

Watch our film series where project participants share their experiences of RPL and their participation in the project.

Watch the seven short films from participants on Youtube

The event is organised as part of the project “RPL in practice”. Visit the rest of the project website for more information about the project and its project partners.


Last updated: 20 April 2021