Cedefop news: Policy forum, handbook on learning outcomes


Cedefop, the European centre for the development of vocational training, hosted a policy learning forum on learning outcomes on 27th and 28th of June. The focus of this year’s forum was the use of learning outcomes in curriculum development in VET.

Full details of the event including presentations are available here.

The policy forum coincided with the publication of the 2nd edition of Cedefop’s Defining, writing and applying learning outcomes: a European handbook.

Its ambition is to act as a reference point for cooperation in this area. It offers concrete examples of the use of learning outcomes and provides an overview of existing guidance and research material supporting the definition and writing of learning outcomes. The handbook also aims to promote dialogue between education and training and labour market stakeholders, by building on material from different parts of the education and training system and bridging the gap between institutions and sectors.

Addressed to individuals and institutions actively involved in defining and writing learning outcomes in education and training, the 2nd edition is highly recommended to anyone working with learning outcomes, whether in qualifications frameworks, qualifications standards, curriculum design, programme and course development, assessment standards and occupational profiles.

The handbook is available to download here.