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EPALE Discussion: How can digital learning be used in the Upskilling Pathways initiative?

por EPALE Moderator


As part of EPALE’s March focus on digital and e-learning, we would like to hear your views on how digital learning can be used in the Upskilling Pathways initiative.

The discussion will be moderated by EPALE’s Thematic Coordinator for Learning Environments, Simon Broek. Don’t miss this opportunity to share with the EPALE community your experience, views and questions about digital learning.

The discussion took place on 23 March 2017 at 2:00pm CET and we covered the following broader questions:

  1. How do we ensure that digital tools have a valuable contribution in providing basic skills for all adults (i.e. making upskilling pathways a reality)?
  2. What is needed at the level of the adult learning professional, the institution level and the policy level?

**This discussion has now beel closed.

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Imagen de Rumen HALACHEV

In terms of what can be changed on a provider level: The JISC guide is a great example for how skills providers can make the most of digital technology to support their learners to gain employment and progress in their careers. The report is structured around five themes:

  • Developing your digital vision
  • Building a robust digital environment
  • Developing staff digital capabilities
  • Empowering and engaging learners
  • Embedding technology within inclusive curriculum and assessment practices


Imagen de Laima Lapiniene

Motivation to learn is most important for older people and socially socially excluded. It's important that success stories would reach those who are demotivated to learn. An example from Lithuania: when implementing a project "Libraries for innovation" (implemented with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, similar projects have been implemented also in other European countries - Poland, Latvia, Romania) there was a motivational movie "1000 Opportunities" created. Storyline is based on 3 true life stories that reveal the daily life in villages and efforts to improve life quality and opportunities by gaining digital competences. These examples were selected out of almost 500 stories that were told by library visitors who got trained on computer literacy. Thousands of people have been encouraged to learn.

Imagen de Roseline Le Squère

This is an excellent initiative that, I think, creates a social bond that digital technology will not replace. It is a change of society in which the links, the interconnaissances, the sharing to which the digital must contribute.

Imagen de Martin Dobeš

This is a very inspirational project, thanks for it. And a meaningful way how to involve libraries in the run...

Imagen de Cristina SANTINI

Dear all, thanks for your comments and inputs! I am Cristina Santini and I work as assistant professor @ an open University, the Università San Raffaele in Rome, Italy.  

I am resposible for graduate program and I have found your comments extremely useful. 

Thanks again. 

Feel free to contact me @ 


Cristina Santini 

Imagen de Simon BROEK

Something I sometimes hear is that institutions are interested in going digital as a means to safe (staff) costs. This is not the right reason and not true.

I conducted a study once (on digital in HE) and developing digital content in the right way is very costly: it requires you toe rethink and re-structure your instructional design, digitise materials and allow the training to be tailored and responsive.

The right reason (as indicated in eealier comments) for providers to go digital is quality (meaning relevance, accessibility, effectiveness etc.)

Imagen de Andrew McCoshan

With so much "off the shelf" content increasingly available, it's easy for institutions to buy it in.... I guess part of the answer is tools and content that educators can themselves adjust and tailor simply and easily as needed for learners 

Imagen de Simon BROEK

Indeed, things can be standardised, but if learners have the impression that they use standard exercises which are not in any way attuned to their needs, expectations, life, it is easy to loose interest. This hence calls for adult educators that have the knowledge and experience to tailor the digital offer for their learners (just like they do in an analogue world).

Imagen de Veronika Tuul

Quoting: "calls for adult educators that have the knowledge and experience to tailor the digital offer for their learners" - I totally agree! IMO, adult educators offen thinks that digital tools are "next level" of learning and teaching. But they are learning resource as pens and papers. Technology supports the learning only then, when we use this purposefully, so if the learning objectives enables the use of technology we should use this. If there are no why we can do this learning using digital tools, then we should push it. What I try to tell, is that in learning process, we should treat use of technology as it was something special. It should use hand to hand with the learning objectives and outcomes. But this is actually the new approach to learning and this requires the new webinar-time J

Imagen de Rumen HALACHEV

In his President’s Lecture for 2016, Simon Nelson explores how increasing access to education, delivered online in a flexible way, can help towards addressing some of the world’s future needs. He suggests the transformation that needs to take place to make the education system fit for purpose, and outlines new approaches to emerging societal challenges that will ensure generations of learners are inspired, engaged and empowered.

It's quite a long video but maybe people can save it for later: