Trust is at the core of any ECVET partnership that focuses on mobility. As a minimum, partners must be able to mutually rely on: the learning opportunities being provided (normally described in the form of learning outcomes); arrangements for mentoring and tutoring; mechanisms for documenting learning successes and assessment practices; and, most importantly, the quality of the assessment of learning outcomes achieved during a period of mobility.
Transparency and Quality Assurance as a Source of Trust
A major contributor to the creation of trust between partners is transparency: namely the transparency of procedures and the transparency of results (of partner work processes). Such transparency often builds and relies on clear and well-managed quality assurance systems within individual partner institutions. Where a successful quality assurance cycle is already in place, there is not necessarily a need to create a separate ECVET quality assurance system - ECVET processes can easily be linked to existing quality assurance systems and methods for each of the core stages of the quality cycle: planning, implementation, evaluation and review.
To read more in detail about quality assurance and ECVET, refer to the section Quality Assurance in ECVET.
ECVET Procedures Facilitate Trust
It is important to recognise that ECVET itself facilitates qualitative improvement within (new and) existing mobility processes. Basic operating principles and documents such as the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the Learning Agreement (LA) and personal transcripts, as described in the ECVET Recommendation, already form a solid foundation for common quality-assured practices which, in turn, help to build trust.
Strong Management Ensures Trust
From the viewpoint of long-term cooperation, it is important to recognise that partnerships need to be well-managed from the outset, encouraging and building trust among all partners. Where trust has already been established, it can serve partners well when having to deal with mobility-related problems or issues, often when there is little time available.