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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



Social Media in Adult Learning: online discussion

by Zsolt Vincze


Social Media in Adult Learning

Welcome to the online discussion organised by the EBSN EPALE team on Social Media in Adult Learning, linked to EPALE's February focus!

The discussion is open to everyone and will take place on this page from 12 a.m. CET on Monday, February 26th till 17 p.m CET on Tuesday, February 27th. It will be moderated by EBSN Secretary General, Graciela Sbertoli and the EBSN EPALE team.

Feel free to share your opinion and comments related to the questions below.

  1. How can Social Media be used to create useful and efficient Communities of Practice for professionals involved in basic skills training programs? What are the success criteria for the creation of such interaction arenas?
  2. How can Social Media be integrated as a learning tool in basic skills training provision? What elements need to be present to make such an integration efficient, motivating and ultimately successful?

We would also be very interested to read (short) descriptions and get links to examples of existing Communities of Practice for staff (question 1) or training programs that make use of Social Media as a learning component (question 2).

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Julija MELNIKOVA's picture

Hello, everyone! My name is Julija and I am EPALE ambassador in Lithuania. The topic of the discussion is very interesting and relevant in the context of adult education and education in general. The discussion has been already wrapped up, however I would like to contribute with my comment and some further questions. 

We have to recognize that today social media tools make learning environment more dynamic and attractive. The features of the social media tools are supposed to facilitate the learning process for both adults and educators.  For e.g. encouraging to take the role in creating and sharing open-access content, to use this content for learning aims etc. However social media should be used thoughtfully because there might occur some risks. So I would like to raise the issue of risks that are related to the use of social media tools in adult education.


Thank you!


Josep Miquel Arroyo Baena's picture
two activities that we do with Fadultos to promote and to kwnow successful experiences. We created a podcast named Nunca es tarde and a adult blogs directory with Pearltrees. These are two examples of a fadulto's objective.

Hope you like it!
Graciela Sbertoli's picture
Dear all,

We are now getting to the end of the discussion, at least of its moderated period. This will end at 5 pm CET. You are welcome, however, to continue posting comments here. Links to documentation about examples of good practice are especially welcome!

The EBSN will write a summary of the most important lessons learnt during this discussion. You can expect to be able to read it in a couple of weeks' time.

I would like to thank you all for your contributions! It is really exciting to interact with so many colleagues from so many different countries.

Join us again soon, for more interesting discussions!
Graciela Sbertoli's picture
Srecko, I don’t know if this discussion will continue right here - but I promise there will be more discussions. And you can stay in touch with us in any case! aThanks for your message! I just answered it. :-)
Josep Miquel Arroyo Baena's picture
...and thank you for invite me to this interesting discussion. Hope see you soon!
Ejvis Gishti's picture
Thank you, Graciella, for an excellent moderation of the discussion.