Continuing Education Glossary


Learning Outcomes

Description of what the student should know, understand, and be able to do at the end of a completed learning process, course of study, or course unit; learning outcomes are defined in terms of knowledge, aptitude, and skills.


The ARES (Académie de Recherche et d'Enseignement Supérieur, or Academy of Research and Higher Education), is a federation of higher-education institutions in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels that is tasked with ensuring that different higher-education, research, and public-service missions are carried out by the group in accordance with general aims, as well as with encouraging collaboration between higher-education institutions. The ARES fulfils its missions without infringing upon the autonomy of the higher-education institutions.

Statement of Completion

Document which, although it does not deliver a diploma or provide academic credits, acts as proof of participation in an educational programme and provides the participant’s results, if the programme includes a form of assessment.

Bachelor’s Degree

Level-six university degree certifying successful completion of the first stage of higher education with at least 180 credits.


Document which, without delivering a diploma, certifies successful completion of a structured educational programme of at least 10 credits organised by a higher-education institution, the fact that these credits have been awarded by the institution, and the level of these credits.

Continuing Education Council (COFC)

The political body governing continuing education at UCL since 2000. It writes and proposes continuing education policy to University Authorities at UCL in terms of strategic and organisational decisions. It is in charge of the quality policy for continuing education.


Units that reflect the time spent by a student in a course of study or learning activity.

Continuing Education

The combined, structured whole of learning activities organised by a higher-education institution that do not lead to an academic rank or diploma – with the exception of certain social advancement study programmes – which aim to add to, broaden, improve, bring up to date, or perfect the knowledge of those with a higher-education degree or those able to receive accreditation for similar personal or professional experience.

University Institute for Continuing Education (IUFC)

The operational body for continuing education at UCL since 2000. Conscious of the needs that exist in terms of lifelong education, UCL wanted to build a bridge between its faculties and the outside world by creating the IUFC. This body aims to support the faculties’ initiatives in developing continuing education activities, all while strengthening communication with the professional world. Its role is also that of identifying changes in professions and in society, thereby anticipating needs in terms of continuing education.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Massive, the course can theoretically be delivered to an unlimited number of participants. Open, the course is open to all internet users, without regard for their origin, level of studies, or any other criteria. Online, the entire course takes place over the internet: courses, activities, homework, exams, etc. Even if in-person modules or physical media (e.g. books) may be offered in addition to the course itself, they are not required for those who wish to take the course. Course: it is a real course, with learning objectives and one or more paths for participants to learn, and is not only made up of resources published online. Source: France Université Numérique (FUN)

Master's Degree

Level-seven academic degree certifying successful completion of the second stage of higher education with at least 60 credits or, if the programme has a particular objective, at least 120 credits.

Master’s Degree with Specialisation

Studies leading to a specific master’s degree (level 7), awarded by one or more universities, that certifies successful completion of the second stage of higher education with at least 60 credits, supplementing an already-completed master’s degree.

Accreditation for Work Experience

Process that takes place within the context of admission into an educational programme whereby a candidate’s skills and knowledge gained through work experience or training are formally evaluated and acknowledged.