Erasmus+ projects in adult education: find out what EPALE can do for you
The Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) is open to anyone interested in adult education across Europe, and even beyond, and has just registered its 30,000th user! Although EPALE is not limited to people and organisations involved in Erasmus+ funded projects, it offers a lot of tools and resources to prepare and implement these projects. Follow the guide for each of these 4 steps.
Looking for mobility opportunities
If your organisation applies for an Erasmus+ adult education staff mobility project, you may be looking for professional development opportunities such as conferences, courses or other training events. The EPALE calendar can help you find what you are looking for, among the many events coming up. If you are in search of a job-shadowing opportunity, then the EPALE partner-search tool could also direct you to the right place.
Looking for ideas and partners
If you are looking for new partners, the partner-search tool is of course the place to start: you can either place your own partner request, or consult one of the 1,270 partner search requests which have already been published, from any of the 805 organisations present in this tool. You may discover, like Finnish EPALE user Pekka Kinnunen, that ‘searching for partners through EPALE is surprisingly easy’.
Other EPALE features, such as the Thematic pages, the Blog or the Communities of practice are also good places for you to identify organisations working on similar topics or with similar target groups, making them potential partners for your project.
The Resource centre, which offers over 6,000 entries, can also be a good place to research what has already been done in relation to your project idea, giving you the chance to build upon existing results.
Implementing your project
Once you have signed a grant agreement (and after celebrating) you may want to look at the possibilities offered by EPALE to work with your partners efficiently:
You can request the EPALE team to create a Collaborative space, like 86 projects or networks have already done: it is free, easy, quick, and will give you a digital space to work with your partners.
You can consult the EPALE Glossary for definitions of over 200 words and expressions related to adult education. Available in 24 languages, the Glossary is a great tool for discussing concepts and ideas with partners from other countries and making sure you are all on the same page talking exactly about the same thing...It can also be a good basis to start discussing the different conceptions of adult education across Europe.
Sharing your results
As you reach the end of your project, you are expected to upload all your results onto the Erasmus+ Projects Results Platform. Keep in mind, in addition to using the Platform, you can also use EPALE to promote your activities and share your experience. You can advertise conferences and other events in the EPALE calendar; you can write a Blog post to explain how you worked and what results you have reached; and you can share these outputs via the Resource centre.