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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



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.

Support of the legal literacy has great benefits in the long run for society and competitiveness in the labour market. Acquired legal knowledge of potential entrepreneurs and employees is a prerequisite for growth and productivity and help to increase the chances for better employability. For this reason, two educational institutions and two educational companies from four countries are together cooperating to create an online platform that will provide young people with a basic legal literacy by a new and interactive way.

The Erasmus+ project 'Environmental Learning Illustrated' is putting a call out for UK artists for a graphic novel commission. This adult learning project aims to encourage people to learn about environmental problems and sustainable solutions to these problems. The application deadline is November 26.

Keys to Giving Back (K2GB) aims to tackle the challenge of promoting an active ageingpopulation to allow for social cohesion and higher productivity, in particular for the newly retired, allowing them to successfully transfer their years of experience and knowledge to a younger generation of associations, businesses and entrepreneurs. However, transferring knowledge and know-how does not always come naturally and can be frustrating to those who don't have prior teaching or coaching experience. Therefore, through K2GB, we will focus on developing teaching methods for those interested in passing on their competences.

From 12 September to 14 September 2018, Gender Training was held in the Portuguese city of Covilha as part of the "Gender Education Advancing Competences in Context of Changing Europe" project. This project is funded by the European Union. The training was attended by a total of 12 representatives of all member teams, ie Portugal (CooLabora), Bulgaria (Together) and Czech Republic (HR Club of Moravia and Silesia region), who will play the role of trainers as part of the forthcoming Gender Blended Learning.

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
For EPALE's thematic focus on digital adult learning, our Thematic Coordinators David Mallows, Markus Palmen and Simon Broek, got together to discuss how digitisation has changed adult learning providers and what challenges digitisation poses to adult learning providers.
25 February 2019
by EPALE Moderator

CuppaCare is a new digital learning service for people who work in social care. Guidance comes in ‘Sips’ – five-minute refreshers on everyday care tasks and topics. The app helps care staff who go out to work with people in their homes. Home care workers’ access to support from their managers and peers, and access to classroom training, is severely constrained. CuppaCare aims to improve their learning and increase support.

At their best, different digital adult learning tools create opportunities for the use of multiple channels and lifelong learning. Nevertheless, whether it is a question of teamwork on a website, taking courses with the aid of an electronic learning platform or using e-books as learning materials, one thing is common: adult learning and pedagogics must go hand in hand. Constantly changing technology also poses challenges for the development of digital adult learning.

People often see adult learning as an opportunity for adults to study for a vocational upper secondary qualification or a general upper secondary education certificate along with a matriculation examination certificate, but it is so much more than that. Above all else, adult learning is an effective means of promoting social inclusion by generating increased equality between people’s personal skill 

20 February 2019

Dear adult educator,

You’ll probably agree that good results in learning dose not depend only on your efforts as an educator; just as important is the contribution of your partner in the learning process – the learner.

The learner should systematically be involved in reflecting their studies in order to avoid losing study motivation. The most important questions for the learner always include: How do I manage my time wisely? How to determine the key aspects in a large flow of information and keep them accessible? How to uphold study motivation?

19 February 2019
by Tiina Jääger
Friday 24 May 2019, Germany

Abenteuerreise im Internet - WebQuest als didaktisches Modell

Sie verwenden das Internet für die eigene Vorbereitung auf Ihre Veranstaltungen? Und nun überlegen Sie, eine angeleitete Internetrecherche als didaktisches Instrument einzusetzen? Ein WebQuest ist eine geleitete Internetrecherche, die Sie in Ihrer Veranstaltung einsetzen können. Bei einem Workshop können Sie nun alles rund um WebQuests lernen.

Tuesday 24 September 2019 to Friday 27 September 2019, Finland

EAIE 2019

The Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition is a forum for networking and exchanging ideas between peers. This year's conference theme is 'encompassing all voices', which we will explore through workshops, sessions, Ignite© sessions and poster sessions

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.

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.

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.

The role of the Internet and digital tools in higher education are incontestable at the beginning of the 21st century. The technological development creates quick changes in this area. Due to the globalized environment and the innovations in IT, the participants of the educational system have to face new challenges. New questions and problems are appearing that need to be solved. How do the changes of technological opportunities and needs transform higher education? Is it possible to use web 2.0 applications for education?

This book integrates 20 activities with technologies specifically designed to promote digital literacy and inclusion, especially of adults with fewer opportunities to access and to use the potential of the technological development available today. The activities were created from the identification of situations where the adult citizen finds it difficult to exercise their autonomy by not knowing how to use digital technologies.

Self-directed learning or even more exactly management of self-directed learning is one of the basic skills in the contemporary world for everybody and especially for adult educators. They need these skills for at least two reasons. First, the adult educators, especially those who are working in non-formal education, are very diverse and have very different possibilities to develop their qualification. Because of this the electronic platform for adult learning in Europe (EPALE) was established.

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