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EBSN Online Course on EPALE: Integrated Policy Approach in Basic Skills Provision

The EBSN EPALE Team is glad to announce its first online course for policy-makers, experts and other professionals who have a stake in basic skills policy and are currently engaged in the implementation of the Upskilling Pathways recommendation. The four-week long MOOC is addressing the policy level of basic skills provision in the context the Upskilling Pathways by focusing on how member states can support the formation of a more proactive, coherent policies on basic skills with a systemic approach as well as corresponding basic skills programmes.

The objectives of the MOOC are

  • to provide policy-makers with a learning and collaborative environment to gather information, exchange views and learn together; 
  • to generate highly relevant, engaging and up-to-date learning resources, which are easily accessible to policy-makers from anywhere and at any time;
  • to provide EPALE users with opportunities to take part in an interactive learning process, and contribute to the generation of open learning resources in the field of basic skills policy;
  • to contribute to the repository of practices linked to Upskilling Pathways.


Who can join?

Anyone who is working on the national implementation of the Upskilling Pathways can find relevant and up-to-date information and will have the opportunity to reflect on the their national context and have the chance to learn form other participants interactively. However the online course is especially useful for the professional work for

  • policy-makers and decision-makers in the adult learning sector,
  • other first-line workers serving the target group, including public employment services (PES) and employers,
  • relevant authorities at the local, regional and national level, but also European institutions/organisations active in the field.


What is it about?

The course plan is based on the first OER unit of the Capacity Building Series of EBSN on EPALE with the same title: Integrated Policy Approach in Basic Skills Provision. The MOOC gives the chance to participants to go into details, interaction and knoweldge sharing activities in connection with the resources of the OER.


The Course Plan

Course phase


Thematic focus(es)



1st phase: Upskilling Pathways (UP)

6-10 May

Introduction of the course plan and participants

Introducing UP

UP in the light of country-specific conditions

Kick off webinar for introduction on (6 May 15:00 – 15:45)

Getting to know the LMS

Self-regulated learning sessions to go through the materials (documents) on Upskilling Pathways

Writing reflections on UP with the help of reflective questions (focus on the participants’ country-specific context)

Graciela Sbertoli,

Tamás Harangozó

2nd phase:Policy coherence

13-17 May

Policy coherence, collaboration of stakeholders and policy-makers, tools to support policy-makers

Moderated forum discussions related to the materials available on LMS

Written assignment based on reflective questions

Graciela Sbertoli,

Tamás Harangozó

3rd phase:Berlin Declaration

20-24 May

The Berlin Conference Declaration of EBSN

(Supporting policy formation

Enabling factors for sustainable policies

The role of formal, non-formal and informal learning settings in basic skills provision

Access to workplace through learning and to learning through workplace

Learning pathways for adult migrants)

Moderated forum discussions related to the materials available on LMS

Written assignment based on reflective questions

Graciela Sbertoli,

Tamás Harangozó

4th phase:Policy design and implementation

27 May – 30 May

Policy design and implementation

German Literacy Decade

Citizens’ Curricula

Norwegian Strategy for National Skills Policy (2017-2021)

Moderated forum discussions related to the materials available on LMS

Written assignment based on reflective questions


Graciela Sbertoli,

Tamás Harangozó

Final day

31 May

Summing up

Webinar, oral evaluation from participants

Graciela Sbertoli,

Tamás Harangozó


Why should you participate?

Expert content

The materials compiled in the OER will give the body of the materials of the course. These resources not only present a wider EU policy context, but also country and case-specific information about how to support efficient and adequately funded policies. Participants will get to now some of the European level stakeholders (networks, organisations) who have realised effective initiatives and programs for adults with basic skills needs.

Mutual learning

The current MOOC provides you with a great opportunity to learn from the experiences of experts, policy workers and professionals who are currently working on the implementation of the Upskilling Pathways. The potential in peer learning is considerable. Participants can not only reflect on their own professional context, but can also learn about the challenges and problem-solving strategies of others from different countries.


How to register?

1. Register yourself with your e-mail and a username to EPALE's learning management system provided by Moodle. Follow the link, and click on 'CREATE NEW ACCOUNT'. Go through the details on Cookies Policy, and then agree to the MoodleCloud policy and MoodleCloud cookies policy. The final step is to give your personal information and log in credentials finish the registration. 

Access Moodle here: EBSN CBS on EPALE

2. Wait for a confirmation e-mail, and click on the link sent to you to finish your registration!


How to enrol?

Enrolments are open from 29 April 2019. After completing registration, sign in to Moodle with your credentials and click on Enrol. All the materials will be made visible by 6 May morning for participants to get familiar with the course content.

Should you have any questions, contact us via email!


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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