EPALE is a multilingual open membership community for teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policy makers and anyone else with a professional role in adult learning across Europe.
EPALE is funded by the European Commission, as the latest development in an ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe.
Community is at the heart of EPALE. It is set up around the sharing of content related to adult learning, including news, blog posts, resources, and events and courses.
Members of the community can engage with adult learning colleagues across Europe through the site’s features including online discussions and debates, communities of practice, rating content and commenting under blog posts. Members can also interact with their peers across Europe and by requesting a collaborative space i.e. a private space within EPALE which allows them to have discussions, upload documents, share news and highlight relevant events in the specific group calendar. Members can also find projects and make professional connections using the Partner Search.
EPALE subscribes to the Council of the European Union’s definition of adult learning as stated in the 2011 Council Resolution on a renewed European Agenda for Adult Learning: ‘the term adult learning covers the entire range of formal, non-formal and informal learning activities — both general and vocational — undertaken by adults after leaving initial education and training.’
EPALE is an initiative of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture(DG EAC) of the European Commission, who are committed to making it a permanent feature of the European adult learning landscape.
Overseen by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), EPALE is managed on a day-to-day basis by a Central Support Service (CSS) who can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From autumn 2014, National Support Services (NSS) will also work alongside the CSS, helping to populate EPALE with interesting and unique content.
You can find out more information on the Central and National Support Services by following the links below:
The Central Support Service (CSS) is a consortium of two organisations, Tremend and Lai-momo, who work together to develop and manage EPALE. The CSS works in conjunction with the EPALE National Support Services, adult learning experts and adult learning stakeholders to provide current and relevant content to the platform. The CSS also manages the EPALE helpdesk, sends a monthly newsletter, manages social media communications, uploads content, initiates and manages discussions and holds thematic events.
The National Support Services (NSSs) have been appointed by the national authorities of the countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme to help create content for EPALE, promote and animate the platform. They work closely with the Central Support Service (CSS) to publish high-quality site content and encourage user contribution. NSSs also focus on bringing EPALE to the adult education community in their countries and motivate their communities to participate in EPALE.
The NSSs for EPALE receive co-financing from the Member State governments.
The contact details of all NSSs are available on the National Support Services page.
It is recommended that you contact the NSS of your respective country, or the CSS if your country does not have an NSS for EPALE.
EPALE is funded by the European Commission as part of their overall strategy to promote adult learning.
NSSs are also co-financed by Member State governments. EPALE is supported under article 14.1.b of the legal decision adopting the Erasmus+ programme. It also plays an important role in the achievement of the goals set out in the 2011 Council Resolution for a Renewed European Agenda for Adult Learning and Education and Training 2020.
For further information about Erasmus+ please see section How does EPALE relate to Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport for 2014-2020, which aims to increase the quality and relevance of qualifications and skills.
Erasmus+ is open to students, teachers, apprentices, volunteers, youth leaders and people working in grassroots sport. It also provides funding for partnerships between educational institutions, youth organisations, enterprises, local and regional authorities and NGOs, as well as support for reforms in Member States to modernise education and training and to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and employability.
The Erasmus+ programme funds EPALE through Key Activity 2; it is supported under article 14.1.b of the legal decision adopting the Erasmus+ programme and focuses upon adult learning and continuing education and training (C-VET).
eTwinning facilitates collaborative work between schools, teachers and pupils, and organises events for teachers' professional development. EPALE aims to build an online community for the adult learning sector and adult learning professionals.
It is also important to note that, unlike eTwinning, EPALE does not offer the possibility to twin classes, as classes do not exist for adults in the same way as they do in primary and secondary education. Adult education professionals can rather debate current themes and share best practices in the EPALE Communities of Practice.
EPALE is a virtual meeting place for adult learning practitioners and organisations at European level. The site has a number of unique features:
- Open membership
- Multilingual content including best practices, news, policy developments, blog posts, events and resources
- A searchable pan-European events calendar of interest to adult learning professionals
- User-led content
- The option for users to identify, rate and share interesting and relevant materials, tools and resources
- A Partner Search Tool, allowing you to find other EPALE users who are interested in pan European collaboration
- Communities of Practice
- A user directory where you can network and contact adult learning professionals from across Europe.
- Communities of practice
EPALE aims to build a unified adult learning community on a national and European level. When you join EPALE you can communicate with different adult learning actors such as trainers, policymakers and volunteers.
As a registered member of EPALE you can discuss ideas and share information with other people in your country or in Europe, working in your sector. The platform is perfect for finding partners or sharing experiences and ideas related to your adult learning project. You are also able to upload and share events, resources, blog posts and articles (including policy documents and relevant materials produced by projects) with others throughout Europe. To ensure that the information available on the site is of high quality, checks are carried out on content submitted by users prior to publication.
For further information on how to register please see the section Do I need to register to access EPALE?
You can contact the EPALE helpdesk by email at email@example.com(link sends e-mail) with any queries.
On EPALE you can keep up to date with the most recent news from the adult learning sector. All you need to do is register on EPALE and indicate that you want to subscribe to our monthly newsletter. You can always subscribe/unsubscribe from your profile settings after registration.
You can also follow the News section on the homepage. If you are interested in news on a particular topic, try finding the topic you are interested in on the EPALE homepage under ‘Themes’ in the main menu, select it and click the ‘News’ tab. Please mind that content varies depending on the language version you are using.
If the information you are looking for is related to adult learning, but is not on the EPALE website, then please contact the helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our helpdesk staff are supported by a pool of thematic experts on adult learning.
Did you know that you can also publish your own content in EPALE? You can upload four different types of content: a blog post, a news article, an event or a resource. There is an online form for each of these types of content. These forms are located in each of the relevant sections, which can be accessed from the homepage.
Please complete the online form and save it. You will receive a message and an email confirmation. Your content will be saved as a draft and quality checked by your NSS or the Central Support Service. After quality checking your submission the NSS or the CSS will publish it on EPALE. You can find all your published content on your profile page, which can be accessed by clicking on your name in the top right. Remember that you need to be a registered member and be logged in the platform in order to access your profile.
We look forward to publishing your content!
Everything within the site is organised around five important adult learning themes: Learner Support, Learning Environments, Life Skills, Policy and Quality. Each theme has several related subthemes, which bring together all the content available on EPALE. Each subtheme page provides access to blog posts, resources, news articles, events and related discussions.
- EPALE is a community platform and hosts several community features including: discussions that enable users from across Europe to come together to debate and share information on important adult learning topics.
- EPALE Communities of Practice are areas where you can discuss and share ideas around a particular area of adult learning. If you cannot find a community, which meets your needs, then you can easily set up a new one by submitting a request online
In addition, EPALE also offers a partner search where you can look for potential cooperation partners or create your own request. You can also request a Collaborative Space, which provides an area on EPALE for you to discuss potential project ideas, develop applications and share documents, without cluttering up your inbox.
As a registered user, you can write news articles and blog posts, or suggest events and resources. You are also able to rate and comment on content, start and take part in discussions. You can also join an EPALE Community of Practice, where you can exchange ideas and challenges and discuss outcome and approaches with other learning professionals around a specific topic. Alternatively, if you are part of a project or are thinking about setting a project up and need a space for private discussions, you are also able to request a Collaborative Space.
Blog posts, news items and resources can be translated into any of the official 32 EU languages.
EPALE is available in the 32 languages of the EU and each language version has unique content, curated by our national teams across Europe.
If you have some news about your organisation or a project you are part of or you would like to share any news with other organisations from across Europe, complete our online form. Please note that to upload a news article you need to be registered and logged in EPALE. Further information on how to complete each field is provided on top of the page. Once you have completed all the fields click ‘Save’ and an acknowledgement message will be displayed. You will also receive an email with a link to the article you have uploaded. Your relevant National Support Service or the Central Support Service will then check your news item and publish it if it is relevant.
If you would like to publish a blog post (opinion piece and interview or a case study, for example) and would like to engage in discussion with other organisations from across Europe, complete our online form. Please note that to upload a blog post you need to be registered and logged in EPALE. Further information on how to complete each field is provided on top of the page. Once you have completed all the fields click on ‘Save’ and an acknowledgement message will be displayed. You will also receive an email with a link to the post you have uploaded. Your relevant National Support Service or the Central Support Service will then check your blog post and publish it if it is relevant.
If you have a resource, you would like to publish, upload it using our online form. Please note that to upload a resource you need to be registered and logged in EPALE. Further information on how to complete each field is provided above. Once you have completed all the fields, click ‘Save’ and an acknowledgement message will be displayed. You will also receive an email with a link to the resource you have uploaded. Your relevant National Support Service or the Central Support Service will then check your resource and publish it if it is relevant.
Relevant images can enhance the message of any content published. If you would like to upload an image with to the content you publish in EPALE (blog post or news article) EPALE provides you with a feature to upload media. Please follow the instructions in the question How do I upload a news article? or How do I upload a blog post?. The editing menu on the online form provided allows you to upload an image. Click on the media icon to open a new box to upload an image. Please note that the size restriction is 200 MB.
You can upload images for your blog posts and news articles on EPALE. To upload an image follow the instructions on the question How do I upload an image?. Once your image is uploaded right click on it and click on ‘Image properties’. This will open a dialogue box where you can manually write in the width and click on ‘OK’ to save it. The width of a blog post or news article is 780.
Open the editor of an EPALE blog post or article. Click the iFrame button in the editor bar (Planet icon). Paste the embedding link into the URL field. You may also enter custom dimensions for the slideshow. Click OK. The iFrame will appear in your post. The slideshow will show when you publish your content.
To get the embedding link from your online slideshow, open the slideshow and look for the embedding code (sometimes shown with the </> symbol. Within the selected code, look for the embedding URL to the slideshow. It will be in quotation marks. Only copy the URL between the quotation marks “ “.
Note: Pasting the slideshow URL from your address bar will not work – only embedding links can be embedded.
Open the editor of an EPALE blog post or article. Click the iFrame button in the editor bar (Planet icon). Paste the embedding link into the URL field. You may also enter custom dimensions for the video. Click OK. The iFrame will appear in your post. The video will show when you publish your content.
To get the embedding link from a YouTube video, open your video. Click the ‘Share’ icon, and go to the ‘Embed’ tab. Within the selected code, look for the embedding URL to the video. It will be in quotation marks. Only copy the URL between the quotation marks “ “. On other platforms the embedding code can be shown with the </> symbol.
Note: Pasting the video URL from your address bar will not work – only embedding links can be embedded.
To search for content on the platform, type in a related word or the specific title of the content you would like to find in the search box located on the homepage and click the magnifying glass (or press Enter). This will open up a new page where you can filter results by date, relevancy, title, author, content type, language and country.
EPALE offers you the opportunity to publish your conferences, courses and seminars in the EPALE Events, and build your organisation’s profile across the EU. Events included in the calendar can also be disseminated through EPALE’s social media accounts, which include Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn (please contact your relevant National Support Service or the Central Support Service).
Please complete the ‘Suggest an event’ form. The information submitted will be saved as a draft on EPALE and will be sent to the relevant NSS or the CSS for review. Before they are published on the EPALE events, all events undergo a quality assurance procedure. Further information on your event may be requested.
You can use EPALE to promote your adult learning project results. You can upload project outcomes in the Resource Centre or write a case study about your project in the Blog area. To upload content on EPALE you need to be registered.
The EPALE Events provides information on adult learning events at European and national levels. These include conferences, seminars, workshops, contact seminars, general events, training courses, MOOCs and much more. You can search for events by language, location, date, type of event, related theme, and type of organiser.
You can also post your own events on EPALE. See Can I post an event to the calendar? for further information on how to do this.
If you know of, or are organising an event (conference, event, training session, courses, MOOCs, etc.) for adult learning professionals you can upload your event. Please note that your event needs to meet the following criteria:
- Is the event related to adult learning (including C-VET)?
- Does the event target adult learning stakeholders only (i.e. not learners)?
- Does the event address one of EPALE’s main themes?
Once you have completed all the fields, click ‘Save’ and an acknowledgement message will be displayed. All events submitted are checked by the CSS or the relevant NSS before they are published. If further information is required, you will be contacted.
If you are organising an event and you would like to recruit potential delegates from across Europe, complete our online form. Please note that to upload an event you need to be registered and logged in EPALE. Further information on how to complete each field is provided on top of the page. Once you have completed all the fields click ‘Save’ and an acknowledgement message will be displayed. You will also receive an email with a link to the event you have uploaded. Your relevant National Support Service or the Central Support Service will then check your event and publish it if it is relevant.
To find a particular event, you can use the multi-faceted filter facility on the EPALE Events calendar. You can also type the name of event on the search box on the homepage to find the event you are interested in. Click on the title of the relevant EPALE event to access all the information. You can narrow the results by using the filters provided.
The events page also offers a filtered search facility. Please see the section Can I filter Events? for more information.
Events can be filtered by:
- Language of the event
- Target group
- Type of event
- Cost of attending
- When the event is taking place (including past events for reference purposes)
More than one filter can be applied in order to tailor your search requirements.
Occasionally events are cancelled due to low numbers or unforeseen circumstances. Please note that the European Commission cannot be held responsible for the cancellation of any events in the EPALE events. Users are advised to check individual event websites regularly to ensure that they are aware of any changes to the event.
EPALE’s central social media channels are:
LinkedIn: eplatform for adult learning in Europe
Every one of our national support services also has national social media channels, where you can find more national content for your country. Contact your National Support Service for more information.
EPALE offers a partner search facility to exchange ideas and create networking opportunities with individuals or organisations. Hundreds of organisations are registered in the Partner Search with thousands of monthly page views.
You might not know it yet, but you may be the ideal partner for someone else’s project. If you like the idea of getting involved in collaboration with your peers and adult learning colleagues, you can make yourself visible to others seeking partners. Just make sure you ‘opt in’ to be included in the Partner Search when you complete your profile. This means that when other EPALE members search the User Directory for potential partners, your profile will be included in the search results.
You can also add your organisation details by completing this form. Once you have done this, you will be able to add a partner request. To find partners you are also able to browse through the partner requests already uploaded on the site. In order to contact potential partners, simply log in to EPALE.
As part of the EPALE Partner Search you can also request a Collaborative Space. This provides an area on EPALE for you to discuss potential project ideas, develop applications and share documents, without cluttering up your inbox.
If you have set up a partnership or are establishing a partnership, a collaborative space is the perfect area for you to discuss potential project ideas, develop applications and share documents, without cluttering up your inbox. You can request a Collaborative Space on the partner search area. You will be asked to provide a name for your group and provide information about the purpose of the group, the EPALE theme it relates to and the target audience. You will also ask to provide a contact name who will act as the main moderator of the space. Once saved, the Central Support Team will check your request and contact you. For any queries please contact email@example.com.
Firstly, you can check the Communities of Practice which are already established in EPALE by going to the Communities of Practice section. If you are interested in joining any of them click the ‘Subscribe to group’ title underneath the description. A new page will be displayed asking you to confirm that you wish to join. Once you confirm you will also receive an email. If you cannot find a community which meets your needs then you can set up a new one by submitting a request. Once saved, the Central Support Team will check your request and contact you. For any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. EPALE is an open membership platform, enabling you to connect with other adult learning professionals, practitioners and volunteers across Europe.
EPALE is an online community built around a wide range of useful educational resources, news, blog posts, events, thematic pages and networking tools, with high-quality content identified by experts in the field and translated into key languages.
EPALE targets those who deliver and organise adult education rather than learners themselves.
If you wish to engage in learning activities, here are a few ideas you may consider:
- Contact the education service in your city;
- Look at possibilities offered by associations, universities, language schools, museums, libraries, etc. in your city/region;
- Talk to your employer;
- Contact the organisations which deal with adult learning in your country. The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) has a vast membership of adult learning organisations in Europe which you can contact;
- Check Euroguidance – a network of centres linking together the Careers Guidance systems in Europe;
- Check Ploteus, which provides information about courses, work-based learning and qualifications.
The EPALE Resource Centre holds over 3000 resources including good practices, pedagogical material and research results, which you may find of interest for your project. You can also upload any events related to your project to the EPALE Events or share important news in the News.
EPALE also has several community features including:
- Thematic pages with discussions on current adult education issues.
- Communities of Practice, to share information about adult learning topics. If you cannot find a community which meets your needs then why not set up a new one by submitting a request.
- A Partner Search facility where you can look for potential partners or create your own request.
- Collaborative Spaces to discuss potential project ideas, develop applications and share documents, without cluttering up your inbox.
- The EPALE podcast to learn more about Adult Education in Europe. Simply search for ‘podcast’ in the search box on the homepage or visit EPALE’s page on Soundcloud(link is external) where you can find all available episodes.
If your project is funded through Erasmus+, your project results should be uploaded to the European Project Results Platform (EPRP). Please note that questions related to the Erasmus+ Dissemination Platform itself should be addressed to your National Agency. Should you wish EPALE to link to your results, please contact our helpdesk via email at: email@example.com.
All other projects can submit resources for direct publication in the EPALE Resource Centre with a link to their website. Please note that the proposed resources will be quality checked to ensure they are relevant to EPALE.
On EPALE you can find all the latest news about the adult learning sector across Europe. The EPALE News has all the latest news on adult learning across Europe. In addition, the site also offers many useful tools such as the EPALE Events and the Resources which includes the latest research results and surveys in adult learning
If you would like to receive regular, up-to-date information on adult learning register on the site and sign up for the monthly newsletter. If you are looking for other specific information, please contact our helpdesk via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since May 2016, EPALE offers a Policy Tool, which has been developed by the European Commission. The purpose of this tool is to bring together existing data on adult learning and continuing vocational education and training (CVET) and provide a point of reference for monitoring performance and policy developments in adult learning policy. The aims of this toolkit are as follows:
- To show the progress of individual Member States in implementing effective adult learning policies;
- To provide a tool for policy-makers to identify where they need to make further progress to implement and improve their policies;
- To be considered as a knowledge base to help Member States develop and monitor the effectiveness of their adult learning policies;
- To provide an overview of Member States’ performance in increasing participation in adult learning; and
- To provide a publicly accessible source of information to other stakeholders interested in the field of adult learning.
In additional to this, EPALE has a dedicated section called EU Policy where the latest information about EU adult learning policy can be found. In particular, you can check the EU's role in Adult Education, in the EU's Role & Support page, you can have a look at the European Agenda for Adult Learning, on the Implementation page, and discover how research can benefit you in the Working group on adult learning page.
The EPALE Resources holds thousands of resources including good practices, pedagogical material, research results, etc., which you may find of interest for your policy development and discussions. To find the EPALE podcast, search for ‘podcast’ in the search box on the homepage or visit EPALE’s page on Soundcloud where you can find all available episodes.
EPALE has different features that allow you to interact with the community, including the discussion forums which allow you to seek and identify good practice from professionals in Europe. Users can also run opinion polls and collect the community’s feedback. If you are interested in this feature, please contact the EPALE Central Support Service on email@example.com.
If you are looking for information on a specific topic, please have a look at EPALE’s thematic pages. The thematic pages collate information from all other areas of the platform (news, events, blog posts etc.) making it quick and easy for you to find the information you are looking for.
You can also receive regular up-to-date information on adult learning by registering to EPALE and signing up for our newsletter.
If you are looking for other specific information, please contact our helpdesk via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPALE provides a repository of thousands of adult learning resources including information on research results, statistics and survey results, as well as sector-specific reports and findings, which may be of interest to you and assist you with your work.
The EPALE Events also includes information on courses and events, including high-level conferences, which you may be interested in attending.
In addition, EPALE also offers you the opportunity to network, share ideas and discuss important topics with other users from across Europe. Make sure you register in order to be able to comment and rate topical blog posts. You can also submit your own blog posts, events, news items or resources (e.g. reports, research papers etc.). To find the EPALE podcast, search for ‘podcast’ in the search box on the homepage or visit EPALE’s page on Soundcloud where you can find all available episodes. EPALE is the largest European adult learning community with tens of thousands of visitors each month so by writing for EPALE and uploading content you can easily reach a wide European audience.
EPALE is set up with adult learning professionals in mind, to help them learn from each other and develop their professional practice. The site is aimed at teachers, trainers, researchers, academics, policymakers, journalists and professionals working within the adult learning sector across Europe.
EPALE wide variety of useful tools including a calendar of events, the latest news on adult learning, a blog, a library of resources, discussion forums on a variety of themes and a partner search facility. To find the EPALE podcast, search for ‘podcast’ in the search box on the homepage or visit EPALE’s page on Soundcloud where you can find all available episodes.
EPALE also has several communities of practice, which provide users with a dedicated area on EPALE to upload documents, start discussions, share news and events around a particular area of adult learning. If users cannot find a community that meets their needs, they can set up a new one by submitting a request.
In order to be able to exchange teaching materials and good practice, as well as ideas and resources, with others throughout Europe users need to register on EPALE.
EPALE offers a wide range of useful tools which can assist you in your day to day work and raise the profile of your network/organisation across Europe.
There are several community features, which may also be of interest to you:
- Thematic pages that enable users from across Europe to come together to debate and share information on important adult learning topics. Participating in these discussions raises your organisation’s profile across Europe;
- he EPALE podcast to learn more about Adult Education in Europe. Simply search for ‘podcast’ in the search box on the homepage or visit EPALE’s page on Soundcloud where you can find all available episodes.
- EPALE Communities of Practice, where users can come together to discuss and share ideas around a specific area of adult learning. Participating in these online communities enables you to raise the profile of your organisation with other users. If you cannot find a community, which meets your needs then why not set up a new one by submitting a request?
In addition, EPALE also offers a partner search facility where you can look for potential project partners or create your own request. As part of the EPALE Partner Search you can also request a Collaborative Space. This provides an area on EPALE for you to discuss potential project ideas, develop applications and share documents, without cluttering your inbox.
The EPALE Resource Centre holds thousands of resources including good practices, pedagogical material and research results, which you may find of interest. You can also share important news in the Newsroom.
Although EPALE does not provide funding, the platform has a News section where funding opportunities related to adult learning are published. You can find out more about these by visiting the website of Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport for 2014-2020, which aims to increase the quality and relevance of qualifications and skills.
EPALE has a dedicated section called EU Policy where the latest information can be found.
For more content related to adult learning policy, you can check out the thematic pages European policies, projects and funding.
In addition, the site also offers a Partner Search tool to assist you in finding partners to network, collaborate, exchange good practice and develop joint projects with. Register on the site and you will be automatically subscribed to our newsletter to keep up to date.
EPALE aims to make information available to the widest possible range of users and does not recommend the use of any particular software packages. We try to support the current versions of the most popular range of browsers in the marketplace and to take advantage of new technologies available within them. We recommend that you ensure that the latest version of your browser is installed.
EPALE follows certain web standards, such as HTML 5, XHTML 1.0 Transitional, CSS 3 and WAI A levels. These standards have been created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to improve accessibility to the internet.
No, but if you want to make the best of EPALE and use its full range of features including the Partner Search, the commenting and rating features as well as to contribute content to EPALE, you will have to register.
In order to make full use of all the EPALE features like the Partner Search and User Directory, participate in discussions, rate content, and upload news items, events, blog posts and resources, you need to register. Join today to become part of the largest European community of adult learning professionals.
This means that this email address has already been used to create an account on EPALE. Try using the password retrieve option to reset your password. For any questions, contact the EPALE helpdesk at email@example.com
It is possible that another user has already selected the username you have chosen. Choose a different username and password, and once you have signed up an automatic confirmation email will be sent to you. If you need further assistance, please contact the EPALE helpdesk via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it by clicking on the Request new password option on the login page.
An email will be sent to you asking you to reset your password. You will be asked to enter your new password twice as well as a captcha (Completely Automated Public Turing test – this is to avoid spam).
Note that if you created your EPALE account via EU Login (formerly known as ECAS), EPALE does not have your password and you have to reset your password via EU Login.
If you need further assistance, please contact the email@example.com