Methodology

In order to achieve the aims identified, the following main activities will be carried out during the project lifetime:

  • 1. Desk-top research prior to the kick off meeting by each partner involved in the project, in order to identify the status of their current NAP, how it could be improved and what the ideal NAP would be for their country.
  • 2. Kick-off meeting, where each NAP will be presented, facilitating comparison with the recognition criteria and procedures present in the LRC documents, including the following:
    • Recognition criteria – including learning outcomes, RPL, descriptors/frameworks used, institution status
    • Recognition procedures – including, communication with HEIs, definition of substantial differences and non-recognition, treatment of applicants (fees, turnaround, receipt of application)
    • Terminology
    • Legislation
    • Information
    • Structures

    Strengths and weaknesses of each NAP will also be presented, in order to identify ideal features.

  • 3. Discussions at the kick-off meeting will lead to agreement on the ideal features for a blueprint NAP, which will form the basis for developing the first draft of the blueprint
  • 4. Development of common criteria/procedures/recommendations further to analysis – these should largely mirror those identified in the Lisbon Convention
  • 5. Consultation with key stakeholders in each participating country (e.g. HEIs, Ministries) to gain feedback on new format
  • 6. Discussion of template of NAP at second meeting – could it be improved through addition of certain information. Feedback from stakeholders will be important here.
  • 7. Drawing together of feedback and final recommendations to form a final blueprint NAP, with accompanying guidelines and glossary for ease of use
  • 8. Dissemination: Presentation of blueprint and dissemination of recommendations to ENIC-NARIC network via website, emails and presentation at the annual conference in Cyprus, 2009 and to wider Bologna community via website and link via Bologna Presidency