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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



The training on digital skills for adults has been launched by the Public Education Center in Toprakkale. The aim of the training is to improve the adults’ digital skills and help them to learn how to use technological devices efficiently. Besides, adults attending the training have a great time while learning, which is a good opportunity to socialize with one another and have good friendships.

The computer lab is open 7/24 for free for everybody.

The concept of SMART has been for a long time growing into our societies, but, to many people, SMART processes and applications still seem something unreachable and far away from their realities. The concept SMART is sometimes used as a synonym of “highly technologic” and, thus, “not accessible” by ordinary citizens without higher education.

For a long time, the digital transformation of society has ceased to be a thing of the future and has progressively become a reality. In relation to this, the development of digital skills has become essential, especially for adults. Digital skills are also required in the field of adult education so that the field can participate in the digital transformation. During the Global Media and Information Literacy Week, which took place from 24 to 31 October 2018, we considered how adult education can contribute to the promotion of digital literacy.

University of South Bohemia, my Alma Mater, offers variaty of e-learning course for public for free. These courses are mainly focusing on the users of MS Office. The online catalog is available at http://, also in English.The second large portion of the adult education (Life Long), in the Czech Republic so called "University of the Third Age" is also online accesible but there are small fees applied for each course.

Adult education in Europe has very different profiles from country to country. In order to face this heterogeneity, Key-Co System project intends to undertake an action of integration and harmonization of adult education paths. This is functional to increase employment opportunities, mobility and economic development of adults, especially migrants, and to favour at the same time a more inclusive and cohesive society.

After the great success of the Erasmus+ project “Open the Door to Europe”- -, finalised in 2016, which aimed at strengthening language competences and the entrepreneurial skills of adult learners, the partnership –together with two more organisations who have joined the team- decided to move on a step further an develop an even more challenging project aiming to equip adult learners with more advanced language skills and the competences that are needed to turn their business ideas into successful Start-ups.

Helping the helpers: Migration is and will continue to be a key issue in Germany and the entire European Union. To be successfully integrated refugees requires attentive and long-term support. This task—just like a lot of other time-consuming work—is very often fulfilled by volunteers. The Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg aims to assist volunteers in their work by providing online and flexible support. Find out more!

7 March 2019
by Mona Schliebs

Something has been set in motion in Berlin: Politicians have recognised that adult and continuing education must adapt to the age of digitalisation and that a new government stimulus is necessary to do so. This stimulus, called MILLA within the CDU fraction of the German Bundestag (Lower House of Parliament), is set to cost the government between one and three billion euros. Peter Brandt outlines how MILLA could turn out to be something positive.

5 March 2019
by Peter Brandt
If we are to talk about V-PAL in short, we can say, that V-PAL provides a platform and know-how for language teachers in adult education to produce, share and peer-review hand-held videos of their own teaching practices as a method for strengthening their teaching skills. But nevertheless, if you'd like to find out about our project in more detail, the concept behind, its aims, and proposed outcomes you can find them in this blog.
1 March 2019
by Katalin Ferencz S.

Skills Innovation Training is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership between the UK, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey. Their aim is to help disadvantaged learners to build their digital literacy - a vital skills for success in the modern world. The blog post discusses the approach they took, the training provision offered and the experience of participants. 

Technology is forever gaining traction in educational settings and plenty of apps are on the market offering to support teachers and tutors and enhance the teaching experience. Apps can encourage student engagement and prepare them for careers that demand high levels of digital literacy. This post explores four apps with great potential for higher education teachers, describing their extensive uses and beneficial features.  

27 February 2019

One of the important sentences I heard when I started to work as a trainer is that not all of the participants would be motivated and included in the training, as much interesting and useful it was, that they would leave training courses and/or apply for participation and then fail to show up. The more time we spend as a teacher, trainer, educator and in various contexts, the easier it gets to include into planning the fact that there will be a share of dropouts and that the dropout is partially possible to foresee and prevent, while one part is beyond our control, as the participants have the right to change their mind.

27 February 2019
by Ruzica Madzarevic
Wednesday 19 June 2019 to Friday 21 June 2019, Turkey

VIth International Eurasian Educational Research Congress

EJER 2019 will be held between 19th – 22nd of June 2019 at the VIth International Eurasian Educational Research (EJER) Congress. The congress is taking place at Ankara University (AKU), one of the most prestigious Universities in Eurasia and elsewhere. The theme of EJERCongress 2019 is: "Empowering Education: Research, Theory and Practice".




Tuesday 18 June 2019 to Wednesday 19 June 2019, Austria

Big Data - Die datafizierte Gesellschaft

In diesem Seminar wird kritisch untersucht, welchen Stellenwert Online Plattformen und Datafizierung heutzutage haben und was das konkret für die kritische Bildungspraxis in der Erwachsenenbildung oder die Arbeit von Community Medien bedeutet.

Termin und Arbeitszeiten
Dienstag, 18. Juni 2019, 14:00 – 18:00, 19:30 – 21:00
Mittwoch, 19. Juni 2019, 9:00 – 12:30, 14:00 – 16:00

Teilnahmegebühr € 130,00
(für Mitglieder von COMMIT: € 66,00, inkl. 10% USt. und Mittagsessen am 2.WS-Tag)

Thursday 23 May 2019, Belgium

« Numérisation des services publics : quelle prise en compte des publics peu qualifiés et illettrés ? »

Lire et Ecrire Communauté Française organise le 23 mai 2019 à Bruxelles, un séminaire où sera abordée la question urgente de l’effet des nouvelles technologies sur la société et plus particulièrement sur les publics peu ou pas lettrés. 

Monday 6 May 2019 to Sunday 1 December 2019, Europe

Educação de Adultos - Inovar, aprender, partilhar, agir!

O projeto ERASMUS+  @upaepro (Percursos de melhoria de competências para os profissionais de Educação de Adultos) está a lançar um curso on-line com um conjunto de formadores e palestrantes muito apelativos, destacando exemplos de políticas e práticas de países europeus.

O curso vai abranger exemplos de trabalho como o reconhecimento e validação de de competências, aprendizagem à medida do aprendente e competências básicas. Se é educador ou formador em educação de adultos, membro de uma equipa de trabalho ou está envolvido na elaboração de políticas, este curso é indicado para si. A língua de trabalho será o inglês e a formação é totalmente gratuita. Pode participar em sessões individuais ou em todo o curso.

Thursday 9 May 2019, Hungary

21. századi technológia az idősgondozásban

Mit jelent a demográfiai változások által kikényszerített szakmai megújulás az idősgondozásban? Hogyan segítheti a gondozók munkáját és az idősek mindennapi életét a korszerű technológia? Melyek azok az okoseszközök és alkalmazások, amelyek az otthoni önálló életvitelt, az aktív és egészséges időskort segítik, megkönnyítve ezzel a gondozók és családtagok munkáját?

Monday 20 May 2019 to Friday 21 June 2019, Europe

Réalité Virtuelle et pratiques pédagogiques innovantes

Ce MOOC est porté par l’Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 en partenariat avec les Universités Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne ainsi que l'entreprise Speedernet.
Il a pour objectif de faire découvrir le 360° et la réalité virtuelle  sans connaissance particulière dans le domaine informatique. Il positionne cette modalité pédagogique, facilite sa compréhension à travers des cas d’usages et laisse une large part à la pratique afin d’en favoriser la découverte active.

Wednesday 19 June 2019 to Thursday 20 June 2019, Germany

Lifelong Learning Platform

Annual Conferences

The Lifelong Learning Platform organises an Annual Conferences on transversal and strategic issues in lifelong learning. We invite speakers and participants from various sectors of education and training to see how a same problematic is tackled in a university, an association or a training centre, by the parents, the learners, the educators or managers. Social partners and representatives of national, regional and European institutions participate as well, to broaden the debate and disseminate our results to a larger audience.

I have been involved in electronic education for more than 10 years and I have been using different webinar systems in my work. Adobe Connect is one of the most important for us, which we actively use during communication with clients and which we connect to their e-learning systems. Another one I would mention is the open source platform BigBlueButton, which is fully integrated with various LMS (in our case LMS Moodle). For meetings and trainings for clients I have also used other systems, such as WebEx, or Skype for Business.

The Be Smart Seniors (BESS) is an Erasmus + project between October 2018 and September 2020.

The aim of the project is to develop an intergenerational study model that  calls young relatives of older adults to help them to gain basic IT skills and to use online services that support their independent living.

In the later phase of the development, video-based online learning materials will be prepared, which will teach the use of online services that help the everyday life of people over 60 years of age.

Learning is the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught. It can be learning in the school, college or any other institution, learning something by yourself or with your friends, learning something by doing, learning something in your work place, preparing yourself for an exam or simply doing homework or any other learning experience.

Learning to learn is the competency which helps you to learn. We will discuss this competency when you will fill in the questionnaire.

Separation in time and place during the learning process reduces the ability of teachers to observe their students' learning behaviours and provide tailored support. This occurs in blended adult education, which challenges students to learn independently. Possessing self-regulation skills is crucial for success in this context. The study 'An in-depth analysis of adult students in blended environments: Do they regulate their learning in an 'old school' way?' aims to address the self-regulation strategies used by adult students in blended environments. 

Digitalisation has long since found its way into all of our lives. From large corporations to small freelancers, it triggers processes everywhere and contributes to the continuous change of our (professional) everyday life. This calls for a critical approach to both new and old media, key issues which we describe in the dossier on 'Critical Media Literacy and Adult Learning'.

The increased number of courses taught in an online environment has led to more teachers in need of professional development for online or blended teaching. Although various professional development programs have been scrutinised, only a few studies integrate the feelings of teachers during their professional development process. "The recognition and understanding of these feelings can illuminate particular aspects of professional development that are experienced more positively or negatively, which can guide further efforts for qualitative improvement", says Brent Philipsen in an article about blended learning in adult education.

Most of the research efforts were made to investigate digital competence of teachers in secondary schools. However, little attention has been paid to the analysis of digital teaching competence of andragogues in adult education institutions. The aim of the study is to analyse the digital teaching competence of adult educators in Lithuania. The empirical study was carried out in Lithuania in 2017. Data collection was based on a questionnaire. The sample included 120 adult educators from various adult education institutions.

Euroguidance Cross Border Seminars (CBS) bring together guidance counselors, policymakers, experts and other practitioners from different European countries to exchange their expertise and innovative guidance practices. It all started back in 2005 and now it gathers guidance practitioners and experts from 11 organizing countries- National Euroguidance Centers.

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