2010 – 2012 : LearnWithClay Patnership

Funding: Leonardo da Vinci Partnership

Project number: 2010-1-DE2-LEO04-04702 + partner number


Number of partners: 10

Countries represented: DE, FR, UK, CZ, SK


Main products

  • Question pool
  • Handbook IV, adding extended guidelines for assessors and assessment organisers to the Handbooks I-III. In DE, FR, EN
  • Introduction to the ECVET Clay plaster in czech and slovak language





The Partnership Project LearnWithClay tested and evaluated the tools for ECVET Earth Building, focused on clay plaster, developed by the previous Leonardo Innovation Transfer Project and introduced it into two other countries: CZ and SK. Tools like the handbook with instructions specified learning outcomes and criteria to help assessment were tried, tested and evaluated within this project at ECVET exams run by the partners. Tests have been performed in 5 countries (DE, FR, UK, CZ, SK) and in different learning environments and for different target groups (trainees in initial training, trainees in continuous training and in adult education.)

So the partners became familiar with and shared experience in assessment of the ECVET Clay plaster units.
During the meetings, the partners participated in an exam organised by the host partner, as observer, assessor or as assessed trainee.
 The outcome wass a revised version of the LearnWithClay manual in FR, DE and EN
(2) introduction to the ECVET Clay plaster in Czech and Slovak languages


How we decided the best way to conduct ECVET exams

The 2010-2012 partnership project was an important step in implementing and useing  the first ECVET units of learning outcomes in the earth building sector developed in the 2007-2009 Leonardo project.
The main objective of the project was  becoming familiar with and sharing experience of assessment of the ECVET Clay plaster units. Four new partners, the Czech Republic, France, Italy and Slovakia, have been admitted to the memorandum of understanding.

Each of the ten project partners alternately hosted a meeting. During the meetings, the partners participated in an exam organised by the host partner, as observer, assessor or as assessed trainee. Additionally, two mobility flows of trainees only, with courses and assessment have been organised as well as several work group meetings without exams.

Altogether there have been 110 European mobilitys carried out by 37 trainers and specialists from 10 partner organisations in 5 countries and by 13 trainees.

During the exams, we used our ECVET Earth building Handbook with its 6 units of learning outcomes describing knowledge, skills and competence and each accompanied by criteria and indicators for assessment as well as evaluation sheets. After each assessment, ECVET certificates were delivered. After the assessment, we discussed the process and experience.

Feedback was collected from trainers, assessors, observers and trainees to evaluate and improve the first ECVET Earth building focussing on learning outcomes for clay plastering.

The exchange, discussions, documentation and monitoring during meetings and mobilitys resulted in the development of new tools to improve the ECVET exams. These check-lists, recommendations and good practice examples are

available in this new part of the handbook, in English, French and German, as well as on the partner websites.

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