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EPALE Discussion: How can digital learning be used in the Upskilling Pathways initiative?

von EPALE Moderator


As part of EPALE’s March focus on digital and e-learning, we would like to hear your views on how digital learning can be used in the Upskilling Pathways initiative.

The discussion will be moderated by EPALE’s Thematic Coordinator for Learning Environments, Simon Broek. Don’t miss this opportunity to share with the EPALE community your experience, views and questions about digital learning.

The discussion took place on 23 March 2017 at 2:00pm CET and we covered the following broader questions:

  1. How do we ensure that digital tools have a valuable contribution in providing basic skills for all adults (i.e. making upskilling pathways a reality)?
  2. What is needed at the level of the adult learning professional, the institution level and the policy level?

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Bild des Benutzers Karine Nicolay

Hi all

Here in Flanders Leuven University, together with other partners developed a website for second (or third or fourth) language learners to practice Dutch. It is called Nedbox. On the website they find short video's taken from popular television programmes, newspaper articles and exercises taken out of 'real life' such as filling in a form or reading a birth card etc.

Nedbox offers the participants the chance to practice Dutch in a relaxed atmosphere, and where and when they like. It is not a regular school course. There are different levels of difficulty, so many people can join.

Here's a link to an article on EPALE that was published earlier. I'm afraid it's in Dutch, but looking at the site will give you an idea, and if you want to read more, perhaps try Google translate.


Bild des Benutzers Flavia Virgilio

Sono Flavia Virgilio dell'Ufficio Scolastico Regionale del Friuli Venezia Giulia,

Scusate il ritardo :).

Siamo impegnati con i CPIA regionali e l'Università in un progetto KA1 dal titolo “Promuovere l'inclusione dei migranti: tecnologie, lingua, cittadinanza".

Questa discussione è preziosissima per il nostro lavoro


Bild des Benutzers Simon BROEK

Could you share a bit more on how this KA1 projects delas with digital tools for migrant education?

Bild des Benutzers Flavia Virgilio

The numbers of uneducated adult migrants or with low educational background and literacy level who attend L2 courses at our state Adult Education Centres are high and have risen over the past few years. In this situation the demands that L2 education for adult migrants puts on teachers are very hard.
Traditional methods in foreign language teaching are not adequate to the needs of these lower educated and skilled learners who tend to quit if they regard their learning process unsuccessful. However, most migrants are already familiar with ICT and have informally acquired digital skills, which help them with their integration in society.
The Regional Education Department of Friuli Venezia Giulia is the project leader and the partners are four state Adult Education Centres in the region and the private Adult Longlifelearning Centre called Università della Liberetà del Friuli Venezia Giulia. The needs of these educational institutions in terms of quality teaching can be identified with the EQAVET criteria:
- train teachers in the use of ICT for the integration of foreign learners, in particular, uneducated immigrant learners and for personalized, individual and flexible learning (EQAVET 2);
- help the weaker members of the migrant population achieve results with their L2 learning taking into consideration their special needs and improving their digital skills (EQAVET 8).
The aims of the mobility plan, which takes into consideration the above mentioned needs, are the following:
- improve the teachers’ skills in the use of ICT for the integration of foreign learners;
- improve the teachers’ skills in the use of different ICT-based resources, in particular, e-learning;
- make teachers of different subjects aware of the importance of the use of ICT-based learning for the integration of foreign learners and successful learning;
- improve the teachers’ skills in the observation and in the evaluation of the learners’ informally acquired digital skills, giving them credits in their personal study plans;
The mobility plan is divided into two phases:
1) teacher training activities in the use of ICT for the integration of foreign students. The teachers involved in the project will attend a training course to learn about teaching methods and integrating ICT in L2 education. In this part of the programme the following activities will also be organized: improving teachers’ linguistic skills, the use of ICT tools in the state Adult Education Centres, in cooperation with the University of Udine in Friuli Venezia Giulia.;
2) Training courses for teachers and job shadowing in centres or schools that have experience with European projects, in particular, on integrating ICT in L2 education. The teachers will work in small groups (4-5 teachers per group). In this phase dissemination seminars will also take place on the topics dealt by during the workshops.
The institutions engaged in education that take part in this European project will have the chance to improve their didactical methods and adult learning approaches and get new ideas in planning and programming educational activities by documenting and sharing effective and innovative practices.
All this sustained international cooperation, with a view to capacity-building in different areas of adult education, will have a strong effect on Italian Adult Education Centres, which have recently been reformed.
The area of adult education that will be developed in the project deals with the role of ICT technologies for the equity and inclusion of adult learners and the evaluation of the learners’ informally acquired skills giving special priority to disadvantaged groups. In addressing their needs adult learning approaches should be based on people’s own culture and values, as in the UNESCO Recommendations on Adult Education 2015.
This mobility project will offer the participants many opportunities to develop and implement comprehensive, inclusive and integrated policies from a lifelong learning perspective, disseminating effective practices and lessons learnt in the Adult Centres in the region, Friuli Venezia Giulia, through peer tutoring and mentoring.
Moreover, specific mapping of the teachers’ skills in teaching adults – as in the project – will be carried out to safeguard the implementation and duration of policies, based on the recognition of the importance of adult education in general and of disadvantaged learners, in particular.
Learning materials will be produced and shared among teachers of other schools

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You are showing with your example that it is possible to participate even if you don't feel entirely confident in English. Brava!

I guess most participants did understand the title of the project you are involved in (Promoting migrant inclusion: technology, language, citizenship".

Very interesting! Do you have a URL?

Bild des Benutzers Flavia Virgilio

at the moment we are working in a close group, but we plan to open it after the first mobility activity in Finland in April



Bild des Benutzers Graciela Sbertoli

I've just shared it with my colleagues... Would you have time to write a blog about this in English? I am sure it is very relevant as inspiration for Upskilling Pathways!

Bild des Benutzers Silke Bettray

Yes, I would like to write a blog post about it in English for you, it is a very interesting project. 


Bild des Benutzers Anne Rosenberg

Greetings from Estonia, from Tartu Health Care College. I`m Educational Technologist and Learning Designer and Adult Educator as well. And EPALE Ambassador of Adult Education in Estonia. My work area all about e-learning. My last blog post in here is about e-courses and their quality.