Competence – based open and online learning – organized and may or may not be guided by a formal curriculum. This type of education may be led by a qualified teacher or by a leader with more experience. Though it doesn’t result in a formal degree or diploma, non-formal education is highly enriching and builds the individual’s knowledge, skills and competences. Learner’s interest and motivation are driving forces behind her participation. Because of this reason, it is often considered more engaging in comparison to formal learning.
Open non-formal learning programs provide a lot more flexibility in the way content is both created and consumed. By removing the formalities educational institutions and companies are usually able to create more content quicker and deliver it to their audiences in a way that makes the most sense for professional and competence development.