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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



Springboard+ is an upskilling initiative in higher education in Ireland, which enables participants to gain qualifications in areas where there are job opportunities. Approximately 200 courses are offered at certificate, degree or masters level, in growing sectors such as ICT, manufacturing and international financial services. Springboard+ is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020. There is no charge to learners who participate in a Springboard+ course. Between 2011-16, 16% of Springboard+ participants had no previous higher education qualification.
The High Level Group on Education and Training will meet in Tallinn today and tomorrow to discuss the future of the Erasmus+ programme, digital education and shared values in the European Union. It is the first event of the Ministry of Education and Research marking the start of the incoming Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


From the 31st May through the 2nd June 2017, Luxembourg hosted the General Assembly and Annual Conference of the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN More than 100 experts from 20 European countries participated at this event.

Definition of Basic Skills

On May 30, the Latvian national Library in Riga welcomed more than 3590 participants to the MoEd and LNL joint conference on adult education "Challenges for High Quality in Adult Education". The conference was a success with regard to the speakers and rich content of the presentations - all leading to the issues of quality in adult education. The plenary speakers, the section speakers all dealt with various adult education issues not only encompassing burning issues in Latvia but also in the neighbouring countries, Rumania. Italy, Finland.

The EPALE Ireland team attended Dr Ibrar Bhatt's recent seminar, Researching Digital Literacies From The Ground Up. The seminar was hosted by the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University.

Dr Bhatt shared his view of digital literacies as social practice. He reminded us that 'equal access to technology does not result in equal experience' for learners.

The National Support Service for EPALE in Malta hosted a webinar on blended learning to support adult learning professionals. Participants learned about the different ways in which Blended Learning can be applied in adult learning scenarios.

The webinar featured Elaine Bonello, an eLearning educator with the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta. As part of her responsibilities, she trains teachers on how to effectively use technology and social media with learners through sound pedagogical techniques.