From civic commitments to professional experiences, through to sporting or artistic practices, extracurricular activities form part of the discussion around recognising students’ skills.
The EXTRASUP project management team, which has been considering the recognition of extracurricular experience and skills for more than two years, together with the CIEP, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Université Confédérale Léonard de Vinci, are currently putting the finishing touches to the project by preparing a “methodological kit”.
Comprising a 60-page booklet and several forms, this kit aims to support those involved in higher education to develop their own thinking and their own tools to recognise extracurricular experience and skills within their institution. The publication is scheduled for May 2019.
This document is the result of a long-term undertaking and the outcome of the thinking that has evolved throughout the different stages of the project: work groups to highlight the opinions of the main stakeholders affected by this issue (students, teachers, internal and external higher education quality managers); investigations into European and French practices in this area; a conference at the half-way point to invite a large panel of stakeholders to talk about the issue; the writing of various reports and themed files.
One of the key lessons learned is that there are no “best practices” in recognising extracurricular skills and experience, but that there are several practices that are relevant and consistent with the context in which they are embedded.
To better understand the issues of recognising curricular skills and expertise, we invite you to watch these three interviews, filmed during the project’s half-way conference: