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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



Case study from the UK: Learning and Work Institute – Digital Skills & Learning

by EBSN CBS Editor
Language: EN

Digital Age Project

The project aims at providing resources that can be used to help older people. Read more about the project’s background here. There are two ways to access the resources for digital skills training. People either can access the materials to improve their own digital literacy, or they can access the resources to help others to improve theirs.

The resources consist of Learning Cards that are designed to help the users improve their skills in five different areas:

  1. the use of technology
  2. keeping touch via digital tools
  3. safety
  4. social activities
  5. social media platforms

The website also allows users to design a digital literacy course for others by providing guidance in planning, toolkits for teachers and volunteers (digital champions).


DLit 2.0

Digital Literacy 2.0 is a Europe-wide programme funded by the EU to help people use Web 2.0 services and tools: keeping contact through the web, take part in online activities e.g. public debates, and make use of services that are free of charge.

This project follows a train-the-trainer and qualify-the-users approach. It sets out to develop and implement training programmes for staff in non-formal learning settings such as Public Libraries, community centres and care centres.

 Watch a short introduction video about the programme:

Source: Digital Literacy 2.0 - Train the Trainer - Qualify the user. Stiftung Digitale Chancen. 


One of the project outcomes was the Digital Literacy 2.0 Curriculum that was published in 7 different languages. Follow the link to find out more about this curriculum. On the website users can find a database of ICT tools that can be browsed according to rype of tool, language, target group, type of content. There is also a database for training programs.


Digital Family Learning

The Digital Families programme is a great example of how digital skills training can be integrated in other learning programs.

„Between October 2015 and March 2016, Learning & work Institute developed and managed the “Digital Families” programme, funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. “Digital Families” aimed to increase the basic digital skills of adults and to encourage and support disadvantaged young people’s participation in digital making activities. To achieve these aims, providers embedded basic digital skills into family learning courses and sought to establish clear progression pathways and opportunities between their family learning provision and digital making activities while participant data was gathered and analysed.” (p. 7, Digital Families)


Watch the video on the use of robotics in family learning programs!


Source: Family learning and robotics. Learning and Work Institute. 



The Capacity Building Series of EBSN provides free open educational resources (OERs) and massive online courses (MOOCs) through EPALE, to help the implementation of the European Commission recommendations on Upskilling pathways in EU Member States. EPALE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, as part the European Commission’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe. The project is implemented with the support of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).



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