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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.

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Celine Cocquyt's picture

This seems like a great initiative! My PhD research is focusing on the same topics: how digital learning among newcomers can enhance their social inclusion. I would like to hear more about your experiences and the impressions you gather in Finland! Unfortunately, I have to leave the discussion already. I will catch up on all of your posts. Thanks for the great inspiration and discussion everyone.

Ejvis Gishti's picture

This is a very important issue of our discussion today. Digital learning is often a pre-requisite to any other kind of learning nowadays, especially for adults that are not familiar with technologies and their advantages. Therefore if they learn how to utilize those digital tools, they already have gained skills. Only then, policy makers, developing institutions and trainers can make the other step of using digital tools of adults to help them acquire other skills.

Simon BROEK's picture

Indeed, we need to be careful treating digital as the panacea: some people, especially those who need additional training on basic skills might not have the skills to participate.

Andrew McCoshan's picture

It's tricky to know which way round - probably because it's both simultaneously.   But it's complex too... My generation is interesting (50-55). My friends tend not to use Facebook but use tablets and laptops all day long...!  They can't see the point of Facebook, but there is a reason to shop online...

Maybe finding individual motivations needs individual knowledge of learners - but adult educators are well equipped in that respect :)

Roseline Le Squère's picture

Hello Everybody,

I am Roseline Le Squère, expert EPALE,from the university of south brittany.

I am working about relations between education and employement.

Digital is THE topic at this moment.

Digital is changing our practices. But it also calls into question the modes of management, the accompaniment of professionals in the continuity of their tasks.
The university of south Brittany is a partner of the NetMe-In project, which aims to create a community of European practices on the uses of social networks as a tool for employability : @NETME_IN
The region of 
South Brittany  has also set up a collective of professionals and citizens to improve the digital transitions: RN165.

Andrew McCoshan's picture

That's a very interesting point you make about "modes of management", can you say more?

Roseline Le Squère's picture

The new generations enter in the labor market with a capacity to think and act transversally. Digital brings this ability there, to new generations. Previous generations still have a vertical mode of operation: vertical hierarchies. These two modes of operation will face more and more. With the need to review more transversal management methods. It is a digital contribution. Digital will continue to act on professional practices. The need for training will also be important to deal with. Young generations arriving in companies will sometimes "educate" their leaders on digital practices / tools.

Simon BROEK's picture

That is a nice example of intergenerational learning, which will be theme month for October! Happy to hear more from your experiences in this!

Roseline Le Squère's picture

The new generations enter in the labor market with a capacity to think and act transversally. Digital brings this ability there, to new generations. Previous generations still have a vertical mode of operation: vertical hierarchies. These two modes of operation will face more and more. With the need to review more transversal management methods. It is a digital contribution. Digital will continue to act on professional practices. The need for training will also be important to deal with. Young generations arriving in companies will sometimes "educate" their leaders on digital practices / tools.

Andrew McCoshan's picture

So education must not fall behind the wider social and business trends...Indeed it should move ahead of them!