chevron-down chevron-left chevron-right chevron-up home circle comment double-caret-left double-caret-right like like2 twitter epale-arrow-up text-bubble cloud stop caret-down caret-up caret-left caret-right file-text

EPALE

Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

 
 

Discussion

EPALE Discussion: How can digital learning be used in the Upskilling Pathways initiative?

21/03/2017
by EPALE Moderator

 

As part of EPALE’s March focus on digital and e-learning, we would like to hear your views on how digital learning can be used in the Upskilling Pathways initiative.

The discussion will be moderated by EPALE’s Thematic Coordinator for Learning Environments, Simon Broek. Don’t miss this opportunity to share with the EPALE community your experience, views and questions about digital learning.

The discussion took place on 23 March 2017 at 2:00pm CET and we covered the following broader questions:

  1. How do we ensure that digital tools have a valuable contribution in providing basic skills for all adults (i.e. making upskilling pathways a reality)?
  2. What is needed at the level of the adult learning professional, the institution level and the policy level?

**This discussion has now beel closed.

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn
Comments have been closed for this post.

Displaying 41 - 50 of 203
Simon BROEK's picture

Digital can indeed not be the 'silver bullet' for solve all problems for all target groups. This does raise the issue to what extent can digital provide an answer in the 'Upksklling Pathways' initiative. It could work for quite a large group, but surely not for all...

CONEDU Austria's picture

This is indeed a very interesting blog, dear Simon and David – thank you! Sorry to say: I have to leave the discussion for the reason of other obligations but also technical problems. I want to say a big THANK YOU to everybody for sharing ideas and projects!!

Martin Dobeš's picture

The problem as I see it is fear and doubts of those who do not live in the digital world or refuse to live in it. What is needed at the policy level as well as the level of an institution and a professional is an increased ability to promote and advocate. We need to understand why an adult from a certain country or region might need to use more IT skills, how the digital world might improve his/her everyday life and generally benefit from it. It is about profound understanding of individual needs on one hand and individual benefits this person can have from having IT skills on the other hand.

Christa NIEUWBOER's picture

I agree. We must pay attention to those who never have learned how to learn. Unicef estimates that 263 million children are not in school. Children become adults, some of who were married when they were 13-15 yrs of age, and they raise children. We encounter these adults in our program, www.ideal-participation.eu. They do not use the internet or devices, often they can't read/write, but most importantly: they have barriers in their learning capacity because of a life long internal and external process of exclusion > low self esteem and self-confidence. 

In other words, learning needs are sometimes very fundamental: learning to speak one's mind, to express feelings and opinions, to hold a pencil or pen, to read the clock and structure daily life.

I think digital media can help, but as an instrument. The pedagogical aspect should be leading, not technology.

Ulrika Knutsson's picture

Motivations are great but also understanding of that there need to be time for upgrading for all of us. Not during a certain course and you are ready. In the society we live in this is a continous work and something we need continususley need time and space for. It need to be part of policys and workstrategies of teachers but also as a understanding of conditions for our lifes. 

Simon BROEK's picture

As Ben Vaske from the Netherlands (he couldn't join today) in his blog writes:

“We need to move from the idea of classroom teaching to a fundamentally different approach where ICT solutions play a large part, where there is plenty of recognition of both informal and non-formal schooling, where we recognise that adults develop their own learning patterns and take control of their own development, and where we use other forms of guidance, incorporating  marketing techniques and stimulating partnerships in order to help develop that market properly from the start.” http://ec.europa.eu/epale/en/blog/opening-new-market-adultbasic-education

Flavia Virgilio's picture

I totally agree.

This idea of people taking control of their learning process is great!

Very challaging for teachers

 

Martin Dobeš's picture

Thanks for the post, totally agree. Actually, it is sometimes helpful to observe how a small kid uses different approaches and how they can be creatively blended together while learning new things or playing :-)

Simon BROEK's picture

As we already move into discussions on what is needed to facilitate basic skills acquisition through digital tools, let’s discuss the second topics of our discussion which concerns:

What is needed at the level of the adult learning professional; the level of the institution; the policy level?

Here I would like to discuss:

  • What is needed in terms of skills and confidence for adult learning professionals to use digital tools?
  • How can institutions support the use of digital tools?
  • How can policies support the use of digital tools in upskilling those with low levels of basic skills?

Please share your experiences on this!

Ulrika Knutsson's picture

In Sweden we, FSO, have made a digital guide for teachers and pedagogs to be safer and comfortable in using digital methods and digital tools in the groups and classrooms. Sorry it´s in Swedish but you find it here

http://flexikon.folkbildning.net/

We do Workspace tranings as follow ups. Workspace are what it say: Working time on a safe place together with collageues where you can develop the knowledge and digital materials you need to come on the track of using digital tools in your classes and courses. Practical in a supportive environment for one or two days. 

We are still making even more material for teachers in adult education to give basic knowledge of basic usages of digital tools as a result of what we find out many times when we meet teachers.