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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



Two online discussions early October in the Capacity Building Series of EBSN on EPALE

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Document available also in: RO

We are glad announce that in the next phase of EBSN’s Capacity Building Series two thematic online discussions will be available on EPALE: workplace basic skills learning between 7-8 October and family literacy between 9-10 October.

The consecutive online events aim at generating discussion around two of the highlighted topics of the Capacity Building Series to explore the experiences from practice and policy. The results of the online discussions will be integrated into the upcoming CBS units: the OERs and MOOCs on workplace basic skills learning and family literacy.


The timeline of the discussions

7 October (12:00) – 8 October (17:00)

Workplace basic skills learning


9 October (12:00) – 10 October (17:00)

Family literacy interventions: policy and practice


Thematic focuses of the discussions

Workplace basic skills learning


The report „Promoting Adult Learning in the Workplace“ of the ET2020 working group on adult learning is about policies that promote or facilitate any adult learning that takes place at, or prepares people for, the workplace: 

  1. Adult learning for the workplace is when adults obtain the skills and competences needed to successfully obtain and keep jobs and progress in their professional careers. So, it can refer to preparatory learning, for instance, taking place in VET institutions.
  2. Adult learning at the workplace is the learning that adults undertake while working, or while at the workplace. The skills and competences they acquire may not necessarily be those needed for work. 
  3. The workplace in this sense can also function as the ‘outreach strategy’ by which specific groups of adults are approached with learning programmes.

This online discussion will focus specifically on the 2nd and 3rd bullet points. Participants will be asked to answer some of the following questions:

  • How developed is Workplace Basic Skills Learning in your country or region? 
  • Can you shortly describe any policy and programs you know, which include this type of offer?
  • What are the challenges these programs meet in your country – or would, in your opinion, meet if they existed?
  • How can such programs assess their impact?

The discussion will be moderated by Graciela Sbertoli, Secretary General of EBSN.

Join us by following the link:

Online discussion on Workplace basic skills learning



Family literacy intervention: policy and practice


In this online discussion we invite participants to share their experiences of family literacy to consider the following questions:

  • With what family literacy interventions or programmes are you familiar in your area?
  • What are the perceived/measured benefits of family literacy in your context?
  • What do you think are the most significant challenges to the development of family literacy in your locality?
  • Where is family literacy policy housed within your national education policy and do you think this best serves the development of family literacy practice?
  • How might an EU wide family literacy policy contribute to a more socially just EU?

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ann Hegarty of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), Ireland.

Join us by following the link:

Online discussion on Family literacy interventions: policy and practice




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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