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EPALE - Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

Career-long professional learning

Demos Michael


| 21 October 2020
| by Demos Michael
One of the barriers for non-participation of adults in education and training was found to be previous failure in learning, interpreted as negative prior education experiences (DIMA 2.0 project, 2020; Paterson, 2018; Roosmaa & Saar, 2017). Also found as dispositional, attitudinal, or internal barriers, these experiences produce a sense of inadequacy and inability towards learning. These perceptions and feelings hold many adults away from further education, even if they have the required skills. This category of adults usually presents low levels of self-confidence, fear of failure, and negative attitudes towards their learning (MacKeracher, Suart & Porter, 2006). According to Dr. Carol Dweck, these are characteristics of a fixed mindset.


| 19 October 2020
| by Tanja Oraviita
Higher education graduates are increasingly experiencing the challenges of the changing work life. They too must start thinking own competences, skills and experiences. Most advise given is how to make a Curriculum Vitae. Yet, the first step in that is how to productise own skills, experiences, competences and the professional self to potential employers. Within Reboot project (see the description box below), we have created a process, based on Design Thinking, for productising one’s own skills, competences and experiences for a potential employment. The first step is though, to recognise own experiences, hard and soft skills, characteristics and competences, and at the end one should showcase the productised professional self with portfolios.


| 25 September 2020
| by NSS EPALE Nederland

The latest developments in the EU Project 'CATAPULT' - Computer-Assisted Training And Platforms to Upskill Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) Teachers include the realisation of the (revised) edition of the online course (MOOC) for LSP-teachers and the beta version of the project's Teachers' Community of Practice (CoP) ‘LinguaCoP’.

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| 18 September 2020
| by Marios Zittis

The 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results showed that one in five pupils had serious difficulties in developing sufficient reading skills while in some countries up to one third of adults are proficient at only the lowest levels in literacy and numeracy. In order to provide robust solutions that support the engagement of school students in literacy activities, teachers need to find a synergy between reading approaches, pedagogy and engagement so to boost learning in their classrooms.


| 17 September 2020
| by Uros Velickovic

EdTech Centre Western Balkans (Centar za obrazovne tehnologije na Zapadnom Balkanu) was established in 2018 in Serbia by experts and practitioners in the field of education, who united around the idea of improving the quality of education in the Western Balkans by connecting it with the world of technology.  

This blog post is a continuation of the interview with Jelena Dragaš, project manager at EdTech Centre.

Foto des Infotisch des Projekts ANERKANNT im DGB Bildungswerk BUND


| 4 September 2020
| by Falko Blumenthal

Interview with Sofia Smuda, member of the works council at MAN Truck & Bus, on continuing education and validation culture in large industrial firms. The interview from 11 August 2020 is part of the background work of the project ANERKANNT - Employee representation for validation culture in firms from the Educational Institute of the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB Bildungswerk BUND).


| 3 November 2020
| by Sona Stefkova

Despite the situation due to the COVID-19 crises the ERASMUS+ strategic cooperation project EFFECT team continues to work on the development of the curriculum and toolkit for teachers/educators working with low-educated learners with the aim to support the development of basic skills. This situation makes us realize even more how important basic skills are.


| 29 October 2020
| by Erika Zulkute

It is widely recognized that Emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. Emotional Intelligence inherently includes some essential skills, the most important of which are emotional awareness and the abilities to harness and manage emotions. The concept of EI has been embraced by many educators and educational institutions, in the last 20 years, in the form of programmes and modules focusing on ‘social & emotional learning’ (SEL) skills.


| 20 October 2020
| by Ramon Mangion

MCAST publishes Globalisation Strategy for Consultation

MCAST has published its Globalisation Strategy (2021-2024) to actively embed globally-focused values in its vocational education and training provision. In recent years the College has continued to strengthen its international presence and network in higher education for the benefit of both staff and students.

The MCAST Globalisation Strategy proposes four fundamental strategic directions, namely:

1. Academic Endeavour and Opportunity

2. Stakeholder Engagement

Thursday 18 March 2021 to Friday 19 March 2021, Europe

New Perspectives in Science Education Virtual Conference

The Conference brings together teachers, researchers, practitioners and project managers from all over the world to share findings, expertise and experience about innovative teaching and learning methodologies, through syhcnronous live presentations, asynchronous and poster presentations.

We will deliver a full 2 days programme of inspiring sessions in the framework of a highly interactive virtual conference experience. We will provide enhanced digital contents that will give participants greater access to learning, sharing and networking.

Thursday 17 December 2020, Portugal

Aprendizagem baseada em projetos

Webinar gratuito: aprendizagem baseada em projetos

No âmbito da iniciativa “Consultório da Aprendizagem”, a Forma-te - Associação Nacional da Formação e Ensino Profissional organiza, no dia 17 de dezembro, pelas 15h00, um webinar gratuito dedicado à “Aprendizagem baseada em projetos”.

Este webinar será dinamizado por João Borges, da DreamShaper, e moderado por Mário Martins, da Forma-te.

Tuesday 1 December 2020, France

Webinar sur le thème : "Développer de nouvelles compétences pour rebondir"

En cette période historique de mutation économique, entreprises et indépendants doivent développer de nouvelles compétences pour se renouveler, innover, diversifier et adapter leurs activités.

Comment réussir cette transformation ? En formant et en sécurisant son parcours et celui de ses équipes face à la crise.

Thursday 26 November 2020, Spain

Presentación del Observatorio sobre la Formación Profesional en España y el informe anual 2020 sobre la FP

El próximo jueves 26 de noviembre a las 11h, desde Fundación Bankia por la Formación Dual, presentarán el Observatorio de la Formación Profesional en España, una plataforma donde se recogen todos los datos y cifras de la Formación Profesional, la Formación Profesional por el Empleo y la FP Dual en nuestro país para poder seguir contribuyendo al conocimiento de la misma y, por consiguiente, a su mejora.
Thursday 3 December 2020 to Thursday 4 March 2021, Estonia

Täiskasvanute koolitaja koolitus Tartus

Eesmärk: koolitaja või täiskasvanute õpetaja tööalase kompetentsuse areng. Kursusel osalemine aitab kutseeksamiks valmistuda, sh koostada e-portfooliot.  


  • koolitajaks v. täiskasvanute õpetajaks õppida soovijad
  • tegevad koolitajad, õpetajad ja koolituste korraldajad
  • koolitajad, kes soovivad asuda taotlema täiskasvanute koolitaja kutset.


Friday 20 November 2020, Bulgaria

Посланиците на EPALE BG – ползватели, създатели и популяризатори на онлайн съдържание

Онлайн семинарът „Посланиците на EPALE BG – ползватели, създатели и популяризатори на онлайн съдържание“ е организиран от Националното звено за подкрепа (НЗП) и е насочен към посланиците на EPALE в България.

Tuesday 1 December 2020, Ireland

New Currents – The Future of the Way We Work

2020 has seen a revolution in the way that most of us carry out our work. As a result of COVID-19 and the current restrictions charities, community groups and social enterprises have had to innovate, demonstrate incredible flexibility and forge resilience out of crisis.

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| 1 February 2019
| by Olusola McKenzie

I was interested to explore the challenges language will pose when teaching adults technical fashion production skills in my recent project titled "Fashion ABC".

The project's main theme was focused on equipping VET learners studying Fashion with skills to improve their work experience. However, we were able to develop staff skills through a combination of job shadowing, training staff engaging in the delivery of training etc.

This gave us an opportunity to teach older learners including some who were project partners staff new skills. 

Learning Points

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| 15 January 2018
| by Marica Vukomanovic

This online discussion is dedicated to the closing conference of project GOAL (Guidance and Orientation for Adult Learners) Closing Conference "Guidance and counselling for low educated adults: from practice to policy" which will be held 17-18 January 2018, Egmont Palace, Brussels

The representative of Serbian EPALE National support service and the winners of the writing contest “Activities in Career Guidance and Counseling in Adult Education” will attend the conference and report live through this discussion. Serbian EPALE NSS invites all to follow and contribute with comments.  


| 27 November 2020
| by EBSN CBS Editor

Through Skills Next, the Public Policy Forum and the Diversity Institute—in its role as a research lead for the Future Skills Centre—are publishing a series of reports that explore a number of the most important issues currently impacting the skills ecosystem in Canada. Each report focuses on one issue, reviews the existing state of knowledge on this topic, and identifies areas in need of additional research. This strong foundation is intended to help support further research and strengthen policymaking.


| 19 November 2020
| by Lucia Iacovone

The National Skills Bulletin 2020 is the sixteenth in an annual series of reports produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS and the fourth to be produced on behalf of the National Skills Council (NSC). The analysis presented in this report aims to both assess how Ireland’s labour market stood in 2019 and how the restrictions imposed as a result of COVID-19 have impacted the outlooks across almost one hundred occupations.


| 3 November 2020
| by Györgyi Bajka

Impressions are influential. Through more than 40 000 interviews of people aged 25 and over in the European Union, Norway and Iceland, this survey explores people’s impressions about adult learning and continuing vocational education and training (CVET), which are central to enabling adults acquire the knowledge, skills and competences they need to manage changing jobs and lives.


| 21 October 2020
| by Juan Jose Ortega

HAePPI project, co-funded by the Eupean Commission in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme, finalized its first step with the publication of the report on learning outcomes. The aim of this report is to formulate the necessary learning outcomes to be covered in the future HAePPI training programme. Defined learning outcomes are based on the previous reports on knowledge needs and their validation.


| 6 October 2020
| by Vincent CARUANA

These guidelines are designed to provide support to Education Specialists on how to gather and facilitate a Peer Mentoring group as well as use WebQuest as tools to work on Educatin for Sustainble Development.


| 4 September 2020

Adults must improve and acquire new skills valid for the twenty-first century, specifically in aspects related to employability. In this context, lifelong e-learning is a suitable methodology since online training courses can be adapted to the specific characteristics and needs of students.


| 10 August 2020
| by Restorative Jus...

The Restorative Justice for All International Institute (RJ4All) is a charitable NGO with a mission to advance community cohesion and human rights. We redistribute power in a more equal way by delivering social justice projects, educational programmes and high quality volunteering opportunities to the most marginalised groups of society. Our accredited e-courses are either free or provided at minimum costs. All profits are reinvested into our charitable aims.