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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Measuring impact

The team of experts for higher education reform of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (HERE team) in cooperation with the Foundation Tempus -Erazmus+ Office in Serbia organized a conference entitled "Social Dimension of Higher Education: Increasing Diversity by Providing Structured and Effective Support to HE Students", which was held on 31 May 2018 in Belgrade.
Second Learning Activity within the sociSDG project took place from May 21st until May 25th 2018 at the RRiF College for Financial Management in Zagreb. Its participants were members of nine renowned European organizations in the field of SDGs: The Croatian Institute for CSR (coordinator, Croatia), Global Impact Grid (Germany), LUM University (Italy), Pontis Foundation (Slovakia), Homo Eminens (Lithuania), Materahub (Italy), LatConsul SIA (Latvia), Datamaran (UK) and Kaleidoscope Futures (UK).

This year’s EAEA Grundtvig Award 2018 celebrates cooperations and partnerships. The Award is given to organisations or project consortiums who present the best transnational projects in adult learning.

Successful adult education strategies, initiatives and projects do not happen in isolation. Cooperations and partnerships are becoming more and more important and often contribute to more innovation, better provision and more participants. Cooperations and partnerships can promote:

First learning activity within the sociSDG project took place from February 12th until February 16th 2018 at the Steinbeis University Berlin, Institute Corporate Responsibility Management. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy inclusion, peace and prosperity.

On Wednesday 15 November 2017 the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) presented the findings of the Student Engagement Report based upon a research study carried out in Sixth Forms and Junior College in Malta. The report reflects student engagement and participation in their learning and school life.

The Civil Society Forum “Education 2030: From Commitment to Action” organized by the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), in the framework of the CONFINTEA VI Mid-Term Review in Suwon 24 October, looked at civil society’s contribution to securing the right to education and lifelong learning for youth and adults.
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.

In this post, University of Glasgow researcher Ellen Vanderhoven presents key findings and recommendations generated from the Horizon 2020 project Policies Supporting Young Adults in their Life Course: A Comparative Study of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe (YOUNG_ADULLLT). The findings aid understanding of changes to the skills policy landscape in Scotland and the European Union more broadly and offer recommendations for the development of lifelong learning and skills policies in Scotland.

Many people active in the education sector have considerable experience working in European projects. For others, though, transnational projects are still very new and exotic in comparison to their everyday work. In fact, the first steps are often accompanied by insecurities, doubts or even fear.

5 December 2018

Széchenyi István Bilingual Secondary School of Economics (Békéscsaba, Hungary) have completed a project together with English 2000 School of English (Bournemouth, England) to provide work experience for VET learners of tourism in the UK. Within the framework of the project our students spent 13 weeks in hotels in the south of England and gained experience in different hotel and catering related activities.

31 October 2018
by Zita Liker

The long term training course PRIDE – 'Promoting Diversity and Inclusive Youth Work Practices' was intended for youth workers, youth trainers and facilitators who are ready to work on the topics of diversity, inclusion and anti-discrimination in order to activate the potential of diversity in trainings and work with young people both at national and the European levels. The project included three interconnected parts:
- a training course in Armenia,
- local activities in participating countries,
- capacity building and evaluation seminar in Armenia.

What is civil society’s contribution to securing the right to education and lifelong learning for youth and adults? What are the challenges and opportunities related to adult education and learning (ALE) in the current context? How important is adult learning and education in the new global education and development agenda? How do the challenges related to its implementation on both the national and the global levels look like?
12 June 2018
by Ricarda Motschilnig
Tuesday 9 April 2019, Ireland

Changing the assessment narrative through TESTA

Assessment innovations at the individual module level often fail to address assessment problems at the programme-level are a direct consequence of module-focused course design and innovation.

This seminar will discuss TESTA (Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment) and taking a programmatic approach to 'assessment for learning'.

Wednesday 17 April 2019, United Kingdom

Teaching Skills: The Effective Lecturer – Becoming a Psychiatry Lecturer

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in London are holding the Teaching Skills: The Effective Lecturer event aimed at training levels FY1&2, CT1-3 and ST4-6, and also students. The event will focus on how to deliver a well-structured lecture and how to receive constructive feedback that can contribute to becoming a better and more effective lecturer. 

Wednesday 27 March 2019, Ireland

Seminar: Critical literacy? Where is it in teaching and learning?

NALA is hosting this event in partnership with AONTAS as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) programme. 

This seminar will include presentations from academics, practitioners and learners engaged in critical literacy, round-table discussions.

This seminar is co-funded by the European Union and SOLAS. 

Where and When?

It will take place on Wednesday 27 March from 9.30 to 1 pm in the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills. 

Monday 13 May 2019 to Wednesday 15 May 2019, Austria

Vital und fit im Job

Der Arbeitsalltag als Betriebsrat/Betriebsrätin ist oft geprägt von schwierigen Gesprächen, hohen Erwartungen der KollegInnen und belastenden Konfliktsituationen. Das alles unter nicht immer leistungsfördernden Rahmenbedingungen: lange und späte Sitzungen, schlechte Ernährung, stickige Luft, Bewegungsarmut und Stress.... Umso wichtiger sind gezielte Impulse für optimale Leistungsfähigkeit. In diesem Seminar lernst du einen ganzheitlichen Zugang zum Thema Gesundheit kennen, erfährst Bewegung als Lebenselixier für individuelle Regeneration und bekommst praktische Tipps.

Monday 13 May 2019 to Tuesday 14 May 2019, Austria

NEU Vertrauen gewinnen - ins Gespräch kommen

Der Kontakt zu MitarbeiterInnen gehört zum Um und Auf der Betriebsratsarbeit. Doch wie kommen wir mit Personen gut ins Gespräch, wie gewinnen wir ihr Vertrauen? Wie sprechen wir verständlich und überzeugend, wie finden wir Wünsche und Anliegen heraus und gehen mit Desinteresse oder Kritik um? Eine langjährige Mitarbeiterin einer großen Betriebsratskörperschaft und ein erfahrener Kommunikationstrainer führen dich durch dieses praxisorientierte Seminar.

Wednesday 10 April 2019 to Thursday 11 April 2019, Austria

Argumentationstraining gegen Stammtischparolen

Bei diesem Training wird Hassparolen auf den Grund gegangen und nach effektiven Antworten gesucht. Die politischen, sozialpsychologischen und gesellschaftlichen Kontexte der Parolen werden gemeinsam untersucht. Die Teilnahmegebühr beträgt 60€ und es können maximal 20 Personen teilnehmen.

Thursday 4 April 2019 to Sunday 7 April 2019, Austria


Gemeinsam mit dem Tourismusreferat der Erzdiözese Salzburg organisiert die ksoe eine drei-tägige Wanderung, bei der auf jegliches digitale Gerät verzichtet wird. Ziel ist es Abstand zu gewinnen und sich mit der Natur in Einklang zu bringen. Für die maximal 12 TeilnehmerInnen fallen je 185€ für Übernachtungen und Frühstück an. Weiters wird um eine Spende gebeten. Digitale Geräte bleiben ausnahmslos zu hause.

Thursday 28 March 2019 to Friday 29 March 2019, Ireland

International conference on Family Learning: Valuing Parents - Linking Policy and Practice

This two-day international conference on Family Learning is targeted for researchers, policy-makers and practicioners with an interest iin family learning.

It will bring a range of experts together to look at 'Family Learning' as an essential element in further education provision and as a means to engage with local and migrant families so as to improve the educational outcomes of children and also parents.

This conference will also see the launch of the 'National Family Literacy Research Project'.

Monday 1 July 2019 to Wednesday 3 July 2019, Spain

EDULEARN19 (11th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies)

You are invited to join the 11th edition of EDULEARN (11th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies) that will be held in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 2019.

This conference will be the best opportunity to present and share your experiences in the fields of Education and New Learning Technologies in a multicultural and enriching atmosphere.

Every year, EDULEARN brings together over 800 delegates from 80 different countries.

There will be 3 presentation formats: Oral, Poster or Virtual.

Due to the rising cost of textbooks and reduced university library budgets, four project teams from UK universities partnered to create the Institution as e-textbook publisher project, resulting in the production of two e-textbooks per institution and a helpful toolkit made in collaboration with JISC, that can be used by other institutions hoping to create their own e-textbooks. 

The Learning and Work Institute have created a helpful resource that benefits prisoners and learning providers by encouraging positive family relationships between the prsioners and their relatives. This helps prisoners to be released into society as better citizens.

The resource will be most beneficial to prison learning providers, including: prison governors; heads of learning and skills; third sector and family learning managers; and programme commissioners. 

Este relatório da OCDE demonstra como as mulheres ainda não se encontram preparadas para poderem aproveitar as oportunidades que são proporcionadas pela transformação digital, razão pela qual são necessárias medidas adicionais que fomentem a sua participação, e desde tenra idade, na economia digital.

 The aim of this paper is to identify personal correlates of leadership. Leadership is operationally defined using nine indicators: vision, motivation, innovativeness, drive for leadership, effective communication, teamwork, authority, positive mental attitude and respect for others. Personality traits are identified using the NEO PI R test, as a measure of the five major domains: neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness. A positive correlation between leadership and emotional stability has been identified.

The paradigm shift from instructivism to constructivism, and the evolution from pedagogy to andragogy have led to self-directed, technology-enhanced learning environments for adults. Previous studies identified the importance of (online) constructivist and andragogical strategies to achieve deep knowledge construction. However, less is known about the social contribution of social-constructivist and andragogical principles (SCAP) in terms of social inclusion and social capital.

'Realising Opportunities Realising Opportunities: A Vision for Further Education & Training A Vision for  Further Education & Training' was produced by  the Further Education Committee National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals.  It sets out how FE colleges working within the FET sector – at present referred to as Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) colleges – propose to address the challenges and realise the opportunities for learners inherent in the new FET sector.

This “Evidencing the Impact” resource pack builds on the “Explaining the Difference” pack that was published by Learning Link Scotland in 2009. It proveds user-friendly guidance for the voluntary sector on how to evidence clearly the impact of adult learning on individuals, on communities and on life chances.