Report from Second Meeting of M.O.T.O. – project, Reykjavik, Iceland, 14-
15 September 2009.
A meeting was held in the ECVET Project M.O.T.O., Model of Transferability of Learning
Outcome Units, in Reykjavik, Iceland, September 14 to 15, 2009. The agenda for the meeting
is attached to this report (attachment 1).
Participants: Mr. Reinhard Nöbauer and Ms. Karin Luomi-Messerer (Austria), Ms. Hanna
Autere, Ms. Sirkka-Liisa Kärki and Ms. Merja Lahdenkauppi (Finland), Mr. Ólafur Grétar
Kristjánsson, Mr. Sölvi Sveinsson and Ms. Helene Pedersen (Iceland), and Mr. Giorgio
Allulli and Mr. Alfredo Menichelli (Italy).
1. Mr. Arnór Guðmundsson, Director for Education of the Icelandic Ministry of Education,
Science and Culture, opened the meeting and welcomed the guests. In his address, he stressed
the importance of ECVET for European cooperation in VET and pledged the full attention of
the Icelandic Ministry to the MOTO-project.
2. Mr. Giorgo Alluli led the first part of the meeting, which dealt with
partners´ tasks and responsibilities
Colleagues discussed some inconsistencies or overlapping of workphases regarding
implementation of the workplan of the project and worked towards clarification. Attention
and focus need to be given to the deliverables, so that everyone is clear on what it involves,
what the final results will be and what is expected of each and everyone. This requires that the
partners set up a timed schedule for different phases of the project (see attachment 2).
Under budget the main focus was on the issue of funding field testing. Giorgio proposed that
funds earmarked for equipment and subcontracting be united and used for field testing;
furthermore Isfol will not use some money foreseen for the technical staff (5200 E); this
provides a sum of 18.400 euros for field testing. This change needs to be approved by the
Commission. The project partners also need to be aware of opportunities to participate in
other ECVET seminars whenever travel costs are below what was foreseen in the budget.
Particular mention was made of the Commission ECVET project partners seminar in Berlin
19 and 20 October, where Iceland and Italy will represent ECVET M.O.T.O.
The funding to reimburse the participation to these seminars has to be taken from the existing
funds to reimburse the participation to the meetings.
Quality assurance plan was discussed and met with general approval. Due to the many forms
that need to be filled and returned it is necessary that someone has the responsibility of
reminding partners to fill in and return the required forms. This will be taken care of by Italy.
Partners were reminded to fill in and return the internal evaluation form for working
documents (with regard to the QA plan and to monitoring) and return it to Giorgio.
Furthermore, each partner needs to nominate someone to be responsible for quality control
and communicating information.
On the deliverables, tasks ahead needed further clarification in order to avoid overlapping of
different phases, if possible. While it was judged logical that the final “product” of the project
was a model for transfer of learning outcomes, it was less clear what were the stepping stones
until that final result. Partners had sent in answers to the questionnaire on qualifications, but
an analysis of the answers was not ready in time for the meeting. This is the responsibility of
Iceland and it was decided that Iceland would within the month of September return a
background analysis of the answers at systems level, with a description of qualifications, how
they are designed, whether input or outcomes based. Italy will instead analyse the
methodology of qualifications. Finally, Iceland will make a report or a recommendation based
on both deliverables, with the first outlines of a model, but leaving out foreseen manual as
suggested in work package 4.
3. Field testing.
Hanna presented a proposal for promoting field testing within the project. It was suggested
that all partner countries participate in field testing, although this will mean that only
relatively few students from each partner will be able to go on a study visit. Length of visit set
to appr.2- 4 weeks. It was suggested that we choose two professions, and partners proposed to
have cook/waiter and travel agency staff as the two professions undergoing mobility and
transfer of learning outcomes.
Different phases of the MOTO model development, including field testing, were set and timed
(see attachment 2). A central feature of work ahead is the development of a MOTO grid for
analysing qualifications to be finalised by the end of October. Main features of grid presented
with a point of departure in core work tasks function. Austria will do the first work on grid,
other countries will comment on a draft grid.
Various ways of financing field testing were discussed, and, amongst other things, proposed
that Finland and Iceland check possibilities to apply for grants to the Nordic Nordplus
Programme. Italy will check whether Regione Veneto can contribute to the project.
4. Helene presented development of tourism studies in Tourist School of Iceland at EQF
Level 3 along the lines of a new Act on Upper Secondary Education in Iceland, which has a
learning outcomes approach as a main guideline. Merja presented the approach taken in
Finland on developing studies in the same field. Discussion.
5. Next meetings.
Provisional dates for next meetings were decided:
Vienna 25-26 March 2010.
Roma: 21-22 June 2010.