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Adult Learners in Digital Learning Environments

This study aimed to contribute to the work of the Commission and Member States in achieving the objectives set out in the Education and Training 2020 Strategy (ET 2020), which aims (inter alia) to raise the currently largely static rates of adult participation in learning towards the ET 2020 target of 15%, thus contributing to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

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European Commission
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United Kingdom
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This study looked at how the potential of digital resources is being harnessed for the benefit of adult learning.

It concludes that much good work is going on, but that there remain considerable differences across Member States not only in adult skill levels but also in access to ICTs, the availability of relevant content, and in the development of innovative learning skills and competencies in adult educators.

The study points out how governments and adult learning providers across the EU could do more to develop innovative adult learning using ICTs and OER.

Overall the study's recommendations highlight the value of stronger coordination and policy exchange, to drive faster developments at national level.

The study favours a more integrated use of ICTs and OER in developing targeted and innovative learning for all adults, with more synergies across the learning spectrum.

Learning providers need to adapt their institutional strategies to facilitate the wider use of ICTs and OER. Effective organisational strategies are needed to ensure that educators are fully skilled and knowledgeable in the effective use of ICTs and OER, and that the institutional ICT infrastructure focuses on a sustainable development of ICTs and OER based on the specific needs of adult learners.


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