Here is some guidance and useful information that will help you orient yourselves in the units of learning outcomes in “Web design” or “Computer animation” and also in using the Self-acquired learning validation toolkit. The methodology and tools are mainly targeted at organizations providing validation of informal learning but they can also be used by individuals for checking their knowledge, skills and competences.
Step 1: Read the outcome-based units in “Web design” or “Computer animation”
They are available in the next two sections of the web site: “Web design” and “Computer animation”.
Here are some clarifications on the outcome-based units:
Level: Both “Computer animation” and “Web design” units are written to cover EQF level 4 (it corresponds to knowledge, skills and competences gained in a vocational school). Nevertheless, we could say that there are some more basic units (Unit 1 to Unit 8) and some more advanced units (Unit 9 to Unit 12).
Structure: Both “Web design” and “Computer animation” are divided into working fields, working fields are further divided into units which consist of learning outcomes. A number of ECVET points are assigned to each unit.
- Working field – a working field groups two or more units together. The working field puts units that are thematically related under a common denominator.
- Unit – also called “unit of learning outcomes”. A unit is a component of a qualification, consisting of a coherent set of knowledge, skills and competence that can be assessed and validated. Units in the case of CREATE project are grouped into so-called working fields.
- Learning outcomes – learning outcomes are statements of what a learner knows, understands and is able to do on completion of a learning process. The European definition of learning outcomes uses the terms knowledge, skills and competence for describing learning outcomes.
- ECVET points – ECVET points are the numerical representation of the overall weight of learning outcomes in a qualification and of the relative weight of units in relation to the qualification.
Step 2: Register in the toolkit
- Go to “Create an account” in the “Tools” section in the web site.
- If you will use the toolkit for self-assessment (pre-testing), join the group “General” – only you will see your results.
- If you will use the toolkit for validation of your results of informal learning in some institution, join the group created by this institution (they will inform you on its name).
Step 3: Playing the tools
- you can play each tool only once after registration;
- Please do not reload the tools once you have started them. Each tool can be started only once for each registered account. If the tool stops for technical reasons, contact the organization representative or the administrator.
- it’s better if you start from the first unit and go on one after the other until the last unit; units follow the logic of the web design process and of the development of a computer animation;
- read the description and the educational goals of each tool before starting it;
- read carefully the introductions and instructions before starting the games; each game also has a Help button – use it in case of doubt;
- check your results at any time while using the toolkit by clicking the View your score button;
Step 4: After playing the tools
Check your results by pressing the “View your score” button. A table with your results for each unit and your total ECVET points will visualize. For each unit you can see your ECVET points, your score from the tool (in brackets below the ECVET points), and also if you have passed the unit or not. If you have more than 50% correct answers in the tool you have passed the unit, if your result is 50% or less - you have not passed it.
Pay attention also to the total ECVET points and overall performance at the testing. In the last column of the table you will see your total ECVET points and also a qualitative assessment of your overall performance: unsatisfactory performance (total number of points is less or equal to 50%), satisfactory performance (total number of points is between 51% and 80%) or very good performance (total number of points is more than 81%).
Read carefully your results and analyze them. For example, if your overall performance is “unsatisfactory” it is clear that you will have to study more before trying to validate your informal learning. Analyze also your performance in each separate unit – this way you can see which your “strong” and “weak” points are and try to improve.