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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


European policies projects and funding

The European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) has announced that the first open educational resource (OER) of its Capacity Building Series has been published on EPALE. The OER is titled Integrated Policy Approach in Basic Skills Provision and it focuses on the policy level of basic skills provision with special attention on good practices in policy initiatives.

There is no doubt that ICTs allow members of the growing elderly population to remain independent longer. The ICT 4 the Elderly project aims to facilitate a pathway for up-skilling the digital competences of individuals between the age of 55 and 75 and to make them aware of some of the many opportunities that the Internet offers.
Volunteering and being an active citizen is about having a spark in the heart for changing the world for the better. Will to do good. Why do some people have it and some don’t? Where is the turning point, when the spark makes you act? Is there something that adult educators could do to light that fire in people and encourage civic engagement?
Blackbird language school with its director and four senior teachers have held presentations on the annual YALS conference considering their experiences in Erasmus + projects, but also exchanging experiences and ideas they gained throughout their mobility in the project.

The Tempus Foundation organizes a presentation on the topic "My Erasmus+ Mobility - Teacher Experiences from Serbia" intended for all teachers who want to learn how a mobility looks like from a participant’s perspective, which activities it involves and why it is important for the teachers, as well as for the entire school.

Adult Education Centre in Ormož (Slovenia) is involved in Erasmus +,  KA1 project entitled as "I Want More!". Within the framework of the project, which is aimed primarily at raising the competencies of our employees, we planned three mobilities. In this blog post you can read about our job shadowing activity in Skopje. 

My goal was to get to exchange experiences with colleagues around Europe. As an adult education trainer from KSL Study Centre, I also wanted to improve myself and get new perspective to the main topic of the course: Communication Skills and Public Speaking.

If you are interested in knowing more about adults attending MOOCs, you will discover that there is still little research on this specific group, representing a minority of the users. New insights are now available which have emerged from a study I published in a book edited by Springer that includes researches presented at the 7th International Workshop on Learning Technology for Education Challenges, (LTEC 2018), titled: What Learning Professionals Should Know.

Slovenian Third Age University is currently involved in SLIDE, Digital Story Telling in Digital Europe, an Erasmus+ EU project. The project is about narration, the art of story telling in the digital way. Basically, the project aims at augmenting adult educators’ ICT skills and introducing digitalized educational tasks into adult education programmes.

2 April 2019

In October 2018, I took part in a course called Intercultural Communication in Education organised by DOREA, which was already familiar to me. A total of 12 participants from five countries met in Split, Croatia, under the theme of intercultural communication. The countries represented were Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Slovenia and Italy. Our instructor was Helen Callanan, who boasts a long international career and has worked all around the world as a consultant and instructor in intercultural communication, including in war zones and crisis situations.

Thursday 9 May 2019, Sweden

Europadagen den 9 maj på Stockholms Centralstation

Den 26 maj är det EU-val. Vill du veta mer om valet? Välkommen till Stockholms Centralstation på Europadagen den 9 maj. Träffa kandidater till EU-valet, myndigheter, EU-länders ambassader med flera och lyssna till korta framträdanden med fokus på EU-valet. Talar gör bland andra riksdagens talman Andreas Norlén, EU-minister Hans Dahlgren och EU-kommissionär Cecilia Malmström.

Wednesday 5 June 2019, Spain

III Jornadas de exposición y difusión de proyectos Erasmus+ en Sevilla

En estas terceras jornadas de formación se pretende dar un paso más en el estudio y difusión de proyectos Erasmus + que se está llevando a cabo en Sevilla. A continuación podéis ver una pequeña descripción de los contenidos y el programa:


- Reflexiones sobre el itinerario Erasmus+ regional en la provincia de Sevilla en el curso 2018-19.

- Historias de éxito: proyectos que han conseguido resultados destacados por su pertinencia, potencial de comunicación, impacto o diseño.

Wednesday 5 June 2019 to Friday 7 June 2019, Estonia

EBSN General Assembly and Annual Conference, 2019

The European Basic Skills Network, EBSN,annually, has organised an international event in which conferences, workshops and policies discussions are carried out. The details of the upcoming Conference are hereby developed:

This year’s EBSN event is organized in cooperation with the Association of Estonian Adult Educators – Andras, the Estonian Non-formal Adult Education Association and the Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia.


Time and venue

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Innovate, learn, share, act!

Are you interested to know about the Upskilling Pathways initiative and other adult education policy initiatives at European level?


@upaepro (Upskilling pathways in AE-PRO) project is launching an online course with interesting speakers, highlighted policy examples and practices from European countries.

The course will cover examples of working with skills assessment, tailored learning, validation and recognition of prior experiences.

Thursday 30 May 2019, Hungary

Élményalapú tanulás - Konferencia a Tempus Közalapítvány szervezésében

Hogyan használhatóak a gyakorlatban az oktatás, a képzés és az ifjúsági munka során az Erasmus+ projektek eredményei? Milyen innovációk, módszertani újítások tehetik sikeresebbé az oktatás-képzés területén működő intézményeket? Szeretettel várják Önt és munkatársait május 30-án az Erasmus+ konferenciára és Nívódíj átadóra.

Időpont: 2019.05.30. 
Helyszín: Danubius Hotel Flamenco, 1113 Budapest, Tas vezér u. 3-7.

A konferencia fókuszában azok az Erasmus+ projektek állnak, melyek innovatív módszerekkel tettek és tesznek

In the paper, the author provides his opinion on the idea of Europe as a space for developing a European education policy that addresses common European issues. By using the concept of the Europeanisation of education as a methodological tool, emerging European adult education policy is analysed thoroughly. With its formation, adult education has markedly gained in importance and recognition, however it has primarily strengthened only the economic goals of adult education in the EU.

This output brings together the entirety of the work of the Beehives project into a synthetic report. The report addresses the following questions:  How can a strategic partnership and cooperation between providers of higher vocational education and training and professional higher education (HVET/PHE), employers an students be strengthened? The project brings together representatives of the strategic triangle (HVET/PHE, employers and students) to exchange innovative practices and deliver recommendations for improving employer involvement in HVET/PHE.

The latest edition of the EUA Trends report focuses on mapping developments in learning and teaching. A key point is how the implementation of learning outcomes and student-centred learning - central reform goals of the Bologna Process and the EU Modernisation Agenda - has contributed to the enhancement of learning and teaching, and how, in turn, this has impacted institutional strategies and structures that support learning and teaching.

On 15–16 October in Budapest, Hungary, EPALE organised a pan-European conference with the slogan “Growing together: fostering an inspiring adult learning community”. The adult learning event gathered over 230 national government representatives, EPALE members, European stakeholders and representatives from the European Commission.

The EMPOWER Learning Hub is an online training programme developed by the Erasmus+ Key Action 2 EMPOWER project. The Hub's content is freely available to all and aimed at support workers (both professionals and volunteers) working with vulnerable women and women learners wishing to build their confidence and re(enter) the labour market.

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