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EPALE - Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

Digital inclusion

Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Transition in Adult Education

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| 6 April 2021
| by Altheo VALENTINI

Thanks to the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the activities carried out by over 25,000 digital competence centres, the pan-European NGO “All Digital” has published a Manifesto containing a series of key principles and recommendations under five main areas on how to maximise the impact of education and training, as powerful instruments towards a continuous development of digital competences for European citizens.

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| 31 March 2021
| by Monika Drinkova

The world keeps changing at a rapid rate. This is characterized by ever-faster innovation cycles, disruptive technologies, digitalization and challenges posed by global environmental changes and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As economic, technological and social developments constantly evolve and diversify, so do the skills requirements in the workplace and society. The UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme therefore builds the capacity of TVET professionals to become effective change agents in their institutions and countries. 

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| 23 March 2021
| by Lucia Iacovone

EPALE Ireland’s Speed educating event this February had a LinkedIn twist for those in attendance. Open to all organisations that provide career guidance, including educators working with adult learners and those who work in the Further Education and Training (FET) sector, it was a great opportunity to mingle with peers and get inspired for the future.

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| 15 March 2021
| by Mahira Spiteri

No one knows exactly how education will evolve over the next few years, but one thing is certain: online learning is here to stay. Alex Farrugia, Director of Malta’s Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability, reveals how 2020 has shaped the Directorate’s long-term vision.

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| 13 March 2021
| by Narigona JAHIRI

The digital accessibility field is growing and so is the need for providing qualified professionals in digital accessibility. Some organizations have already been actively working on the implementation of digital accessibility by creating digitally accessible websites, hiring employees with digital accessibility skills, or digital accessibility experts. However, in order to be able to create digitally accessible websites and applications, it is important that different professionals involved in creating the web are qualified in this field.

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| 10 March 2021
| by Theodoros GOUNARIS
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in schools closing all across the globe, leaving over 1.2 billion students in 186 countries out of the classroom. As a result, education has seen a dramatic change, with the rise of e-learning, and teaching taking place remotely and on digital platforms. Meaning that teachers have dramatically changed their learning and working materials to digitised options. Many teachers who have never had such experience before, and who have not received sufficient training on how to deal with such a crisis in pre-service and in-service training processes, were caught unprepared for this process. Additionally, recent research suggests that online learning has been shown to increase retention of information, (Zeglen & Rosendale, 2018) and take less time, meaning the changes caused by the pandemic might be here to stay. However, with this sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the globe, it became clear that there is a lack of proper teacher training in online learning as only 20% of the countries in Europe provide training on distance education to teachers.

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| 7 April 2021
| by Dora SANTOS

 Under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union (PPUE), the National Agency for Qualification and VET (ANQEP), representing the Ministries of Education and Labour, Solidarity and Social Security of the Portuguese Government, together with the European Commission, organised the conference on Adult learning, developing paths for multigenerational learning, which took place on the afternoon of 10th March 2021.

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| 4 April 2021
| by Monica Moreno

The main goal of the “Active through education” project is to improve the methods of teaching people 60+, based on proven methods of education in Europe and active aging. The context is in line with a new adult education priority that has been added in the revised 2020 Programme Guide: „Promoting Erasmus+ among all citizens and generations by offering activities of education and exchanges of experiences to seniors with view to building and adding solidity to the European identity”.

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| 29 March 2021
| by İhsan Çağatay Ulus

This year, International Women’s Day falls at a critical time, as the world confronts the unprecedented educational challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. To ensure learning continuity, most of the world has rapidly adopted emergency approaches, particularly through a shift to online learning. However, a large number of learners are still being left behind. While the shift to online has demonstrated the usefulness of technology in advancing learning opportunities, it has also revealed gaps in education systems, including in non-formal adult education.

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| 19 March 2021
| by Eurocrea MERCHANT
The Erasmus+ project "No One Behind" aims to improve the digital competencies of adults who live in rural areas and motivate them to start learning activities. Increasing the level of knowledge of digital skills is important in the European panorama that is characterized by a considerable gap in citizens' digital life.

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| 8 March 2021
| by EPALE Moderator

Get ready for the first online discussion of 2021! The discussion will address the 2021 EPALE Thematic Focuses and will be introduced by a livestream with an introduction to the 2021 Thematic Focuses. It will be hosted by Gina Ebner and Aleksandra Kozyra of the EAEA on the behalf of the EPALE Editorial Board, and the moderation will be run by Claudia D'Eramo and Sara Saleri of the EPALE Central Support Service (and EPALE Moderators!).

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| 8 March 2021
| by Roland Van Holderbeke

In this corona age, the Flemish (BE) NGO HIHTAST remains active in Europe. Thanks to years of ICT support for seniors, the computer science knowledge of the members is at a high level. As a result, they were noticed by the Slovenian CDI Univerzum who proposed to take the place of an Italian partner. This was an excellent opportunity for the non-profit organisation, and they joined immediately. The RMS (Remake the story) project has the aim to develop a guide for education in prisons.

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| 6 March 2021
| by EPALE Moderator

On 4 March 2021 the Commission set out its ambition for a strong Social Europe that focuses on jobs and skills for the future and paves the way for a fair, inclusive and resilient socio-economic recovery. The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan outlines concrete actions to further implement the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights as a joint effort by the Members States and the EU, with an active involvement of social partners and civil society. It also proposes employment, skills and social protection headline targets for the EU to be achieved by 2030.

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| 2 March 2021
| by Sergio Andreis

The Smart for Democracy and Diversity (SDD) ERASMUS+ project, started in December 2020 and scheduled to last until July 2023,  intends to promote shared values, equality, social inclusion, diversity and non-discrimination through a digital learning approach. The integrated project approach further aims to establish sustainable links between organisations active in education, the welfare sector and policy-making including the local and regional level.

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| 1 March 2021
| by Iveta CIRULE

Erasmus Plus project FINE2WOEK international team met on March 1, 2021. The main aim of meeting was to discuss the activities planned in 2021 in order to end project in September. The project is approaching the second phase – validation of teaching materials in April 2021 or C1 staff training. Initially this training was planned in Cyprus but due to all travel restrictions this activity will be organized online on April 13-14, 2021.

Thursday 15 April 2021, Netherlands

Kennisplatform passend werk: ‘Naar een inclusieve werkomgeving! Met (levens)verhalen bias doorbreken’

Op welke manier speelt bias een rol bij professionals en hoe kijken werkgevers aan tegen mensen met een niet-bevoorrechte positie op de arbeidsmarkt? Hogeschool Inholland en Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam doen onderzoek naar effectieve interventies om bias binnen organisaties tegen te gaan en de Nederlandse arbeidsmarkt inclusiever te maken. Dr. Machteld de Jong presenteert de belangrijkste resultaten van het onderzoek.

Thursday 8 April 2021, Slovakia

Najnovšie trendy v marketingu 2021

V súčasnosti nemáme na výber, či budeme prítomní na sociálnych sieťach. Jedinou otázkou je, do akej miery ich potenciál využijeme aj u nás na slovenskom trhu. Tento online seminár je určený pre podnikateľov, ktorí chcú byť “in” v oblasti marketingu a o krok vpred pred konkurenciou.

Friday 9 April 2021 to Friday 7 May 2021, Ireland

Conferința AHEAD: Reconectarea 2021

Pandemia a schimbat modul în care trăim, muncim și învățăm, iar tehnologia joacă un rol din ce în ce mai mare în viața noastră de zi cu zi. Trecerea către învățarea și sprijinul hibrid / online ne-a făcut să provocăm limitele a ceea ce este posibil în educația și formarea continuă și în învățământ.

Wednesday 7 April 2021, Malta

Coaliția Digital Skills and Jobs

Pe măsură ce intrăm în următorul deceniu al digitalizării, întrebarea este cum putem dota cetățenii cu abilitățile necesare pentru a ne asigura că beneficiile acestei societăți digitale accelerate sunt păstrate, promovând în același timp o utilizare responsabilă și conștientă a platformelor digitale. Cum poate fi încurajată alfabetizarea digitală în rândul cetățenilor de toate vârstele și al studenților din cadrul sistemului educațional.

Thursday 6 May 2021, Hungary

17. Nemzeti és Nemzetközi Lifelong Learning On-line Konferencia

A MELLearN – Felsőoktatási Hálózat az Életen Át Tartó Tanulásért Egyesület idén tavasszal, 2021. május 6-án a Budapesti Metropolitan Egyetemmel közösen rendezi 17. Nemzeti és Nemzetközi Lifelong Learning On-line Konferenciáját, melynek témája: LLL 4.0  Hogyan alakítja át a digitalizáció az LLL stratégiákat?

Thursday 8 April 2021, Czech Republic

Workshop: Inkluze v praxi

Proč je pro firmu zásadní mít pracovní prostředí, kde jsou jednotlivci respektováni a nemusí skrývat svoji identitu?
Otázka, na kterou řada firem dnes už zná odpověď. Jak ale toho dosáhnout? Jak ta opravdová inkluze v praxi vypadá? Pojďme se seznámit s konceptem inkluze z různých úhlů pohledů od zakladatelky OPIM, Jany Tikalové, přední expertky na diverzitu a inkluzi v ČR.


Online na ZOOMu
8. 4. 2021 od 9 h do 10:30
Workshop je realizován společností CAPEXUS.

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discussions

| 4 February 2021
| by EPALE Moderator

We invite you to enrich what is set to be an intense year ahead with your contributions and expertise! Let's start by taking parto in this online discussion. The online discussion will take place Tuesday 9 March 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CET. The written discussion will be introduced by a livestream with an introduction to the 2021 Thematic Focuses, and will be hosted by Gina Ebner and Aleksandra Kozyra of the EAEA on the behalf of the EPALE Editorial Board.

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discussions

| 17 November 2020
| by EPALE Moderator

Within this context, on Thursday 26 November 2020, starting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. CET, EPALE will be hosting an online discussion on blended learning in adult education. The discussion will have a brand new format, starting at 10 with a 30 minutes live streaming, accompanied and  followed by the discussion on the platform’s comments. 

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discussions

| 28 September 2020
| by EPALE Moderator

On Wednesday 28 October, starting from 10 a.m. CEST, EPALE will be hosting an online discussion on the social inclusion of the ageing population and intergenerational learning. Comments will be open on 19 October so participants can introduce themselves and post their comments in advance. Join our online discussion!

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discussions

| 16 June 2020
| by EPALE Moderator

Basic skills are transversal. Not only are they relevant to educational policy, but also to employment, health, social and environmental policies. Building cohesive policy measures which support people with basic skills needs is necessary to help build more resilient and inclusive societies. Take part to the online discussion that will take place on this page on 16 and 17 September between 10:00 and 16:00 CET. The discussion will be moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinators of EBSN.

resources

| 18 March 2021
| by Metin ÖZKAN

Given the rise of social media engagement within society, there are challenges for tutors in blended and online contexts to provide
opportunities for social constructivist learning experiences within their institutional learning environments. This article proposes a
module approach to teaching, learning and assessment for learners undertaking part-time, vocationally related degrees. A
mixed methods approach was adopted to conduct a detailed exploration of eight tutors’ practice with data gathered from three

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| 18 March 2021
| by Metin ÖZKAN

The term blended learning is used frequently, but there is ambiguity about what is meant. What do we mean by blended learning? What, how and why are we blending? In this paper different definitions, models and conceptualizations of blended learning and their implications are discussed. Inclusive definitions and models, and diverse conceptualizations, mean that essentially all types of education that include some aspect of face-to-face learning and online learning is described as blended learning in the literature. Blended learning has become an umbrella term.

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| 28 February 2021
| by İhsan Çağatay Ulus

Sense-making, understood as meaning-making or giving meaning to experience, is an integral part of everyday life and work. It is a process critical in enabling people to recognise how and when to respond to situations appropriately so that they can resolve problems effectively (Weick, Sutcliffe & Obstfeld, 2005). Understanding how learners sense-make can contribute to better learning design and support in and across different learning environments that will likely contribute to individual ‘mastery’ of professional expertise. Our interest in sensemaking in blended learning (BL) (i.e.

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| 1 February 2021
| by Pavlin Petrov

The Erasmus+ project Free platform for training search UNEM is based on the priorities of the Erasmus+ program and on the growing needs of low-qualified unemployed people and the need for tools to ease their access to training opportunities. Low-qualified people are a particularly vulnerable group among the unemployed. The high percentage of people in need of upskilling and qualification in each participating country in the project is a problem that can be solved through easing the access to training and guidance. 

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| 27 January 2021
| by Esra Telli

The proliferation of technology offers potential solutions for enhancing the well-being of older adults. However, older adults often have low digital literacy and are disengaged from the digital world. With age-appropriate training, older adults are expected to acquire a wide range of technological skills and bridge the digital divide. Through the lens of social cognitive theory, this study aims to investigate the effectiveness of observational training through behavior modeling in enhancing technology acceptance in older adults.

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| 26 January 2021
| by Andrzej KLIMCZUK

In recent years we may observe increasing interest in the development of social innovation both regarding theory as well as the practice of responding to social problems and challenges. One of the crucial challenges at the beginning of the 21st century is population ageing. Various new and innovative initiatives, programs, schemes, and projects to respond to negative consequences of this demographic process are emerging around the world.