Distance learning needs to be facilitated by a European learning platform for e-learning, according to the European Parliament. In addition, a revised European Qualifications Framework (EQF) should provide more insight into foreign qualifications and recognize non-formal skills.
Develop a European free online learning platform
The European Parliament calls on the European Commission to develop a free online learning platform for European education institutions, to promote e-learning. This is one of the recommendations of the resolution adopted by the European Parliament Academic Complementary and Distance Education as part of the European Lifelong Learning Strategy. In addition, the Commission is recommended to revise the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) in order to gain insights into qualifications obtained abroad. This will make it easier for refugees and people with a migration background to participate in the labor market and in lifelong learning activities. Parliament agrees with the previous Council Recommendations from the Education Council.
Importance of recognition informal learning by Member States
The report underlines the importance of non-formal and informal learning, and therefore emphasizes that skills acquired outside of formal learning pathways need to be recognized. Member States are advised to ensure the quality of this type of competency, with the aim of strengthening the position of persons in a vulnerable situation. In addition, educational institutions are invited to offer courses tailored to the skills of migrants, to improve their intake in education programs.
The Academic Supplementary and Distance Education report as part of the European Lifelong Learning Strategy contains various directives and recommendations to the European Institutions and Member States in the field of academic further education and distance education. The resolution contributes to the European Lifelong Learning Strategy.
- European Parliament Resolution: Academic Complementary and Distance Education as part of the European Lifelong Learning Strategy (link is external)
- Neth-ER: Lifelong Learning Dossier Neth-ER: Erasmus +
- Article Neth-ER: Review of the European Qualifications Framework