Learning mobility is increasingly being employed as an educational tool both in formal and non-formal contexts, so issues of quality have become a more pressing concern than before. For a good reason: good quality in learning mobility will ensure that outcomes are optimised and that processes of recognition are facilitated. The European Platform for Learning Mobility can point the way forward.
There is a correlation between quality and quantity: the more we know about quality exchanges and how to achieve them, the more confident and effective we can be in our efforts to offer a mobility experience to all young people. These meaningful opportunities should be for all, not just the most privileged and resourceful.
In 2016, principles for quality in learning mobility in the youth field were formulated. The principles aim at those who implement transnational mobility projects in the youth field, and will be the basis for developing a practical implementation handbook which will include a set of indicators that can be considered while planning, executing and evaluating learning mobility projects in the youth field. The indicators are being developed throughout 2017. Furthermore, the handbook will also include good practice examples of the implementation of learning mobility activities.
The European Platform on Learning Mobility in the youth field (EPLM) is an open, participatory space for exchange and cooperation between practitioners, researchers and policymakers organised under the European Union-Council of Europe youth partnership. The Platform brings together programme staff, trainers and consultants, youth workers and other multipliers in the youth field and in youth work. The EPLM has a mission to engage in the improvement, knowledge, visibility and recognition of learning mobility in the youth field. Find out more here.
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