Stepping Up to Technology in Adult Education: towards Awareness, Assessment and Access
Klaipeda university together with partners - universities and adult education organizations - from Italy, Belgium, Spain, Portugal are starting to implement the project “Stepping Up to Technology in Adult Education” (AAA-StepUp2-ICT) funded by Erasmus + Strategic partnership programme. Coordinating institution is "Training 2000 psc" Italy.
In partner countries, the existing systematic approaches for the implementation of ICT tools in adult education are not widely shared and widespread. The AAA-StepUp2-ICT project will use a bottom up approach with activities and materials designed from adult educators for adult educators. The partnership counts on large networks of adult educators that can benefit of OERs produced.
The main outputs and the key activities are the following:
1. To develop a Methodical Handbook: "Getting to use online learning, web 2.0 technologies and mobile apps in Adult education". This is a methodical handbook on the practical uses of ICT technologies and e-resources to support adult (inc. workplace) learning. The Methodical Handbook consists of a collection of original and revised IT resources for developing, delivering, and evaluating training paths for adult educators according to:
1) the needs of end users (adult learners) and stakeholders
2) the technologies available .
It will contain suggestions on the contents but mainly it will contain sections for educators on the methodologies and processes to be applied within training environments and it will describe innovative training paths with the aim to implement ICT/Web 2.0 tools in the sector.
2. To develop a Modularized training programme: "Facilitating Educators' and Trainers' uses of online learning, web 2.0 technologies and mobile technologies in different Adult education contexts". This is a modularised training programme to promote educators' and trainers' ICT capability and proficiency in using e-resources in adult education and training (including workplace learning) in different sectors.
3. To develop Open Educational Resources (Preparation of exemplary contents for Open Educational Resources in specific adult education sectors with focus on initial and continuing training, demonstrating smart uses of online learning, web 2.0 technologies and mobile technologies to promote competences).
4. To develop the project Community Platform that would support Communities of Practice (Development of joint platform for supporting learning and knowledge sharing, development of different language versions taking into account different adult education contexts, providing support and guidance for uses of online learning, web 2.0 technologies and mobile technologies in adult education contexts
The main outcomes of the project:
The main tangible results are:
- O1 AAA-StepUp2-ICT Methodical Handbook: "Getting to use online learning, web 2.0 technologies and mobile apps in Adult education".
- O2 AAA-StepUp2-ICT Modularized training programme: "Facilitating Educators' and Trainers' uses of online learning, web 2.0 technologies and mobile technologies in different Adult education contexts": it is a training programme to promote educators' and trainers' ICT capability and proficiency in using e-resources in adult education and training.
- O3 AAA-StepUp2-ICT Open Educational Resources for Adult educators and trainers: resources on tools and processes for the implementation of ICTs in adult education.
- O4 AAA-StepUp2-ICT Community Platform: an online support activity center for the project and for the emerging Communities of practice comprised of different stakeholders addressed by the project.
The project will contribute to:
Enable adult educators to assess their knowledge and competence in the use of web 2.0 applications and tools in their own occupational contexts: due to the wide variety of educators in adult education (different backgrounds, different target groups addressed, different subject/topic taught) it is virtually impossible to evaluate educators as a compact group with similar skills and abilities allied. One of the expected result is therefore to support the adult educators involved in assessing their ICT competence through different tools.Enable adult educators to use the project's products in shaping adult trainings: the overall objective of the project is to contribute to improve the quality of adult education provision through the upskilling of educators. This means not only give them notions and information but also tools that they can use, adapt and modify within their practice so they can design high quality training.
The partners will carry out user surveys on attitudes and uses of ICT technologies and e-resources in adult learning, teaching and training. The survey will be carried out at national level and will involve at least 20 adult educators in each partner country. Reviews and analysis of parallel European projects and complementary initiatives at different levels will be carried out. All the data will be collected in an online repository.
The partnership will search for ICT and web 2.0 tools useful to innovate the working organisation, production, communication and selling strategies in the adult education sector. At the same time it will monitor and evaluate new and changing applications and infrastructures for learning technologies and OERs that are relevant for the sector. In particular, SUPSI will contribute to this activity thanks to its strong and extensive experience in ICT based training. All the data will be collected in an online repository.
National reports will be produced in order to summarise the results obtained at national level.
This analysis and collection of data will form the basis for the design of an innovative training path for adult educators. The handbook development will start with the definition of the framework for the handbook. The handbook's structure will be divided into different sections covering the following topics:
- Coordination: Tools for planning training
- Needs Assessment: Resources to help identify the training needs of target participants.
- Design: Tools for planning and determining training content.
- Development: Tools for creating training manuals, handouts, and exercises.
- Delivery: Helpful information on conducting a successful training.
- Evaluation: Resources for evaluating training and assessing participant learning.
For each section all partners will contribute suggesting ICT tools and methodologies to be used in adult learning paths and examples.
The leading partners will elaborate all the sections of the handbook and will produce the final version. The handbook will be provided as an e-book in all partners languages and will be available on the major distribution systems.
The main outcomes of the project AAA-StepUp2-ICT will be presented on EPALE platform.